4mo post-surgical check up w/ Surgeon tomorrow AM

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   Posted 8/19/2008 2:31 PM (GMT -7)   
May 8 had about 6" of the left side descending colon removed with the ends reattached and tomorrow is my second re-check with him. 
Overall, I'd say I'm doing very well, post-surgery.  I am having a difficult time getting gas under control, but BMs have definitely firmed up.  Gas seems to be my problem keeping me in the high teen numbers of trips-to-the-bathroom.  I just can't really trust a fart, you know?  Well, sometimes I can, and that is nice...but most times it is accompanied by a little fluid, mucus or liquidy-BM residue, so I try to get to the bathroom anyways.  My major BMs (2-3) are mostly done in one sitting instead of every 15-40min for several hours at a time.
External surgery incisions have healed nicely.  I still feel a bit of a 'pull' at the very top of my abdominal muscles but I am sure that is due to a lack of stretching.  Inside, I can 'feel' where the two ends were joined when I have a BM that requires any straining or if gas is especially bad and has distended everything inside.  I used to 'massage' my left side abdomen to encourage my super-loose BMs, and I find I still massage my left side to encourage these firmer (plop-plop!) BMs, just to help them along.  At these times though, I feel the massaging works best not at the left side, but closer to the left side of my belly-button and I find that odd.  When I massage and press, I can feel a hard mass just to the side of my b-button.
It makes me wonder what everything looks like inside and where it all is.  Could my colon now be closer to the center of my body and not over on the left side where it was pre-surgery?  That is one question I plan to ask the surgeon.
Also, at my last colonoscopy (7/18), I was partially awake and watched the video feed and I thought I SAW blue sutures inside my colon at the surgery site.  This GI doesn't give my pictures like my last Dr, so I'd have to ask (plan to do that at 9/2 appt) but I'll also ask the surgeon.
Anyhow, NOT looking forward to having to get up early and drive through Atlanta traffic.  Ugh.
I have the ability of single-minded determination and accurate project focu....Hey, look, a cat!
Crohn's and UC are pretty darn crappy, but if you can't laugh at yourself, you'll cry. 
I'd much rather laugh.
2001 Dx'd with UC.  No remission.  5/2008 surgery, removal of 6" of left side colon.  Dx changed to Crohn's.  Remission for 8-9wks after surgery, symptoms returning after resuming 6MP.

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