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   Posted 5/1/2008 5:48 PM (GMT -7)   
I apoligize for not completing my countdown but my computer has crashed so my best friend Marquita is passing along this statement to keep you guys infomed of my progress.
Arrived at hospital at 11am (yesterday)-scared out of my mind but also excited that the dreaded bowel prep was over. In pre-op I was given some lovely medicine through my pic line to help calm my nerves, I think the medicine was versed (sp??). but at that point I didnt care if it was herion or pure cocaine I was just happy to get I found out that I was definately having it laproscopic so that was good. Went into the or at approx 1:15 pm and woke up i recovery at approx. 4:40pm, awoke with dry mouth and lots of abdominal pain, had 2 small incisions and 1 long incision approx 3 inches long.
I took 3.5 ml of dilautin plus 3ml of toradol to control pain postop, taken up to my room within an hour. Doctor wrote for 4ml of morphine every 4 hours, tried 3 doses but unable to bring pain below an 8, switched over to 2 ml of dilautin and 30ml of toradol every 3 hrs, finally comfort and sleep was
Great caring nursing staff..foley catheter still in bu no ng tube...yay.....Have been on a liquid diet but scareed to eat, so all I've had is 4 popcicles, 2cups of jello, and some cups of ice..Able to walk the hallways today. Was told by nurses that me being up and walking is a good thing, following ski bu advice and chewing gum..Bowel sounds are present, so overall it has gone well so far..As well as I can feel when I have had my sausage links pulled out, chopped off, and re-attached. Doctor stated that the diseased portion was pretty bad but remainder of bowel looked good, estimated discharge is Sunday or Monday..
I couldnt have done this without your guys, thanks for all of the moral support and prayers..look forward to being able to help the next chronie, not will be faced with this decision.
Skibum, hope we can recoup quickly to be outon the beach by July but staying out of the water because of those darn sharks...
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
Trying to live hard, love hard and laugh harder

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   Posted 5/1/2008 6:21 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi there Nicole,

Glad to hear that your surgery went so well and that you're up and walking.

Best wishes for a speedy recovery. How will you be once you get home? Will you have some help with the housework and cooking?

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   Posted 5/1/2008 6:44 PM (GMT -7)   
I'm so glad you are on this side of surgery! Now you can focus on getting better and better every day!! Hope it goes very smoothly!!

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   Posted 5/1/2008 7:16 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Nicole. I'm glad to hear all went well with your surgery. Between the walking and the gum chewing (only 2 pieces/day), things got moving on post-op day #2. Unfortunately, once the bowels started moving, they've been in over drive ever since. My best advice to give you is to take it very slowly when it comes to food. Even when you've progressed to a soft diet, take it easy. Now you can begin your countdown of the best things about leaving the hospital and going home. I love the beach idea - something to look forward to (sharks excluded). Feel well and keep us posted.
50 y/o F. CD dx'd Aug 05. Initially on Pentasa, then Imuran 125 mg. Started Humira (very reluctantly) on 10/24/07. Ileocolectomy 4/08.

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   Posted 5/1/2008 7:25 PM (GMT -7)   
Here's to a quick recovery for you.  What a great, brave attitude you have!

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   Posted 5/1/2008 9:32 PM (GMT -7)   
Nicole . . . I have a very sweet friend named Nicole who prays for my health. So you have a great name!!!

Thanks for the update on your surgery . . . I'm glad they got your pain under control, finally. I hope you progress surprisingly well. Enjoying your updates!


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   Posted 5/2/2008 5:26 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Nicole Glad you have the surgery behind you now and keep on the mend. lol gail

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   Posted 5/2/2008 6:13 AM (GMT -7)   
Thnaks for all of the well wishes, I think that us Chronies should go into business together and send satin sheets to the hospital for when we are admitted bc these sheets are itchy and scratchy on our already sensitive bottoms. I feel like I am laying on a pile of brillo pads!! lol...I will keep you all informed of my progess.ll Love Nicole... 

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
Trying to live hard, love hard and laugh harder

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   Posted 5/2/2008 6:56 AM (GMT -7)   
Yeah so glad that your surgery went well. Now here's to a long long remission!!
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 5/2/2008 9:20 AM (GMT -7)   

wow!  sounds like you are doing great!  gives me a little relief for when my big day comes :D

i hope your recovery continues to go smoothly! 

.: stephanie :.
32 y/o female diagnosed 8/8/7 with crohn's of the terminal ileum w/ stricture/scarring
meddies: 6mp, percocet, trazodone, ativan, iron, calcium, folic acid & some other vits

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   Posted 5/2/2008 2:11 PM (GMT -7)   
Glad surgery went well and you are feeling ok.

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   Posted 5/2/2008 4:26 PM (GMT -7)   
You might like to ask the nurses for something called a "pinky". It's a small padded quilt that they can put under sore (or leaking) bottoms to make us a little more comfortable. They help.

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   Posted 5/2/2008 4:59 PM (GMT -7)   

Great to hear that all went well. You are giving me hope and courage for when my time comes to have surgery.



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   Posted 5/2/2008 7:45 PM (GMT -7)   
Cheergems....I am so glad your surgery is over and sucessful. Go slow and keep us posted ! thinking of you, shelley.

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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