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ski bum
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   Posted 4/23/2008 11:45 AM (GMT -7)   
I survived my ileo-colectomy!! So far, everything has gone pretty smoothly. My surgeon decided to do a laparoscopy assisted laparotomy (initial plan was for laparotomy). I've been up walking like crazy today - but nothing seems to be moving in the right direction (downward). I didn't get a pain pump, which was disappointing at first, but my last IV dose of Dilaudid was at 6:00 am and I'm now on Toradol q6 hours IV, and Dilaudid if necessary. I'm trying not to take anything to slow down the bowels. The catheter was taken out this morning and that department is working fine. My surgeon is a man of a very few words, but I did get out of him that he removed a section of about 1 foot, there was a very swollen, fibrotic area covered in mesentery fat (something like that) and that it's a good thing I had the surgery when I did. So all is well. Thank you for all of your good wishes and prayers. So far so good....
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   Posted 4/23/2008 12:56 PM (GMT -7)   
Glad you're doing well!

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   Posted 4/23/2008 1:14 PM (GMT -7)   
I am so glad your surgery went so well! Sounds like you are doing amazing, I can't believe you are up walking that much already! Make sure you don't overdo it and take the pain meds! I will be thinking of you this week...take good care.

40 yr old wife and mom to two boys 8 & 10
symptoms since the age of 19
officially diagnosed with crohn's Feb/2006
meds: pentasa 500mg x 2/day,probiotic,fibre supplement,mult-vit
glucosamine & msm
resection surgery Feb.11/2008

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   Posted 4/23/2008 1:17 PM (GMT -7)   
Good to hear everything went well :D!

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   Posted 4/23/2008 1:20 PM (GMT -7)   
good luc- I pray for everything to go south- except your chest, lol
Nicole_ 35yo, married mom of 2boys 1 girl,diagnosed in Aug 2000
Former meds- pentase,asacol, imuran, remicade, predisone, entocort
currrently on humira, bowel resection apr. 2008
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   Posted 4/23/2008 1:28 PM (GMT -7)   
Congratulations! Its gotta be good to have the surgery behind you. I swear the hardest part is going INTO surgery! Once we get past that things start looking up. Sounds like you are doing great. I'm surprised they are giving you Toradol after surgery. I know they are real high on Toradal now, very effective w/o the opiate side effects, etc. Here's wishing you a fast complete recovery and long remission!!!
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   Posted 4/23/2008 2:47 PM (GMT -7)   
Best wishes ski bum. Just take it slow and steady and listen to your body. If you feel tired, rest. It will pay off in spades if you take care of yourself now. Maybe you could get a heating pad or hot water bottle, if you start getting distended before your bowels kick in.


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   Posted 4/23/2008 3:31 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Glad you are up and walking hope that first burst of air soon comes out. Keep walking but don't over do it .So glad you got it done with and it is wonderful to get the catheter out. Was very glad to see your post. lol gail

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   Posted 4/23/2008 4:29 PM (GMT -7)   
No burst of air yet Gail. I like that description! I just got the roommate from hell. You know, the moaning and groaning type with the loud visitors. Now I have even more motivation to get that air moving. They offered me the option of moving to another room, but I wish they could move her instead. It's always the quiet ones who have to suffer!
50 y/o F. CD dx'd Aug 05. Initially on Pentasa, then Imuran 125 mg. Started Humira (very reluctantly) on 10/24/07. Currently on Humira and Entocort.

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   Posted 4/23/2008 4:30 PM (GMT -7)   
congrats on making it through surgery. I wish you a speedy recovery


Karen (Karendee)

Diagnosed w/ Crohn’s Disease  March 2007 On 150mg Azathioprine (generic Imuran), Pentasa, & Entocort (take zofran for nausea now)

Diagnosed w/  Fibromyalgia May 2007 also on Soma

Also have Arthritis, and feel like I am falling apart sometimes...

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   Posted 4/23/2008 4:37 PM (GMT -7)   
So glad to hear the surgery went smoothly. I can remember how exciting it was to have that first BM after surgery.My sister called everyone and told them. Take Care. Hoping you heal quickly.
Diagnosed  Crohn's, 1998..Gangrene Small Bowel,1998..Ostomy Take Down,1999..TPN for 5 1/2 months..Adhesion Removal,1999..Abdominal Hernia Repair,2000..Kidney Artery Bypass,2001...MEDS--Lomotil,Purinethol,Folic Acid, Fish Oil,Remicade,Levsin SL,Anamantle Cream,Cortifoam ,Ultram.and many more. 26 meds..

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   Posted 4/23/2008 7:42 PM (GMT -7)   
Wow . . . thanks for the update . . . hope you are feeling better fast!!


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   Posted 4/23/2008 8:18 PM (GMT -7)   
Ugh, lousy hospital roommates! If that one continues to be a pain, take them up on their offer to move you. I'm glad your surgery went well and that you are up and walking. Good for you!

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   Posted 4/24/2008 7:15 AM (GMT -7)   
Hopes and prayers that you stay on the road to recovery and all goes well in the coming days. Keep us up to date.
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   Posted 4/24/2008 7:34 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks everyone for the well wishes. I'm still waiting for things to start moving. No action yet. I think I'm going to need something more than walking - maybe a dynamite stick! The Toradol didn't work very well - gave me heart palpitations. I'm on to Vicodin now. As soon as I start passing some puffs, discharge shouldn't be far behind. So far, this experience has been a lot easier than I thought it would be. The worst part has been the roommate.
50 y/o F. CD dx'd Aug 05. Initially on Pentasa, then Imuran 125 mg. Started Humira (very reluctantly) on 10/24/07. Currently on Humira and Entocort.

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   Posted 4/24/2008 1:43 PM (GMT -7)   
With my second resection I had a roommate who was detoxing from alcohol or something. The wierdest thing was they were bringing her 2 beers on her meal trays. I had never seen anything like that in my life. They ended up offering me a private room and I went for it. Maybe you should too.
Been living with Crohn's Disease for 32 years.  Currently on Asacol, Prilosec 60 mg, Estrace, Prinivil, Diltiazem, Percoset prn for pain and Calcium.  Resections in 2002 and 2005.  Recently diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and doing tests to see if I have Inflammatory Arthritis or AS.

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   Posted 4/24/2008 2:05 PM (GMT -7)   
Ski bum,
Glad to hear you are doing well. I am 17 days post surgery. Ileo-cecal resection done the old-fashioned way.  Keep up the walking, its the only way to get things moving. I was the same way, I avoided narcotics as long as possible.  Ultimately, I gave in. Use them if ya need them.  Hang in there.

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   Posted 4/24/2008 2:10 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Ski Bum I was moved 5 times when I was in and was going to move again but was told it could get worse. By the time I got to eat I was almost starved as I hadn't been eating prior to the resection. Yes it won't take long before you get to go but hoping things are better ,Did you get much sleep?lol gail

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   Posted 4/25/2008 4:36 AM (GMT -7)   

All is well. They were going to transfer me to another room yesterday afternoon, but at the last minute, they transferred my roommate. I don't think they wanted her on this floor, so they shipped her and her entourage outta here. Ten minutes after she left, I pooped.

Gail - you were moved 5 times?? That's kind of funny, but I'm sure it wasn't at the time. And Nanners, you had a roommate who was detoxing? Wow. When I build my hospital, it's going to be all private rooms and one big ward for all the difficult patients.

Thanks everyone for all your support. I wish everyone good health while I go home to sleep off my hospital stay.
50 y/o F. CD dx'd Aug 05. Initially on Pentasa, then Imuran 125 mg. Started Humira (very reluctantly) on 10/24/07. Currently on Humira and Entocort.

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