Learning to accept the challenges that lay before me

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   Posted 10/21/2008 11:36 AM (GMT -7)   
After sucessfully backing out of my first ileocolectomy/resection surgery on Oct. 7th, I was briskly rescheduled on Oct. 14. That date didn't work out as planned either due to insurance pricks. Now I am scheduled again to face my worst realized fear on Nov. 5th. Ironically its the day after election day, no matter with the prep or not I will be casting my vote. When I first was informed that I had to have the surgery in mid-september by my GI doc, I was thinking positively at first, but then after speaking to the surgeon he recommended me too. Reality soon sunk in, and when I got my surgery date I literally freaked out. The procedure was constantly on my mind. I searched the web twenty times over on this procedure, and though my docs say its a common procedure I still continued to panic. Until one day while searching the web I found this forum, I really didn't know what to expect from it, nut I know it was one thing I was trying to find reassurance and comfort, and I can say that I successfully found both. After getting valuable insight on the procedure from people who have had it done atleast once or maybe even more, I can honestly say now I am not afraid. Really all I can say right now is that I am ready for this part of my life with this disease to be over. I am looking forward to the remission that I will hopefully get from this, and am slowly starting to ween myself from the negatives and rare thngs that can possibly go wrong. Really now just thinking about the positive, and the upcoming holidays. Just really wishing that I am able to eat Thanksgiving dinner, and go holiday shopping. This time of the year is my favorite, so I am just really hoping for a speedy recovery. I just wanted to thank the members of this forum that have really given me some indepth advice on what to expect and am still taking stories if possible. The more experiences I here the more  guess it eases my mind, can't say that I won't panic on op day, but who doesn't. Just trying to relax, 15 more days to go. :-)

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   Posted 10/21/2008 11:59 AM (GMT -7)   
abseentee ballot...
Good luck with your surgery, I am not there yet but sure am heading that way...

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   Posted 10/21/2008 12:41 PM (GMT -7)   
Good luck with your surgery!! Fingers crossed that it all goes well, and you heal up fast.

I actually voted on Sunday at early voting. See if you can look in to that maybe!
Diagnosed with Crohn's Disease 2/06 after sever GI bleed. Has been suffering since 1998. History of rectal fistula and gallbladder removal. Taking Asacol, Questran, Toprol XL (for high blood pressure). Tapered off prednisone a month ago!

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   Posted 10/21/2008 1:30 PM (GMT -7)   
Early voting can definitely be the way to go! I'm glad you are starting to feel less fearful about your surgery. Fear can be a paralyzer in our lives, and the more practice we get at pushing it aside, the easier it becomes. November 5th should give you 3 weeks to Thanksgiving right? You should be able to eat some of that wonderful food. Starches were the easiest on me right after the surgery, and I had my hubby make me Stove Top stuffing or his world-famous mashed potatoes most nights for several weeks! I don't like turkey, but pumpkin pie would probably have been fine too!
diagnosed w/Crohn's 11/06. 34f with 2 boys, a lovable dog, and a wonderful husband. 150 mg Imuran, bentyl, entocort, vicodin as needed, metoprolol for orthostatic hypotension and heart palpitations. Bowel resection 9/07. Active disease back, darn it 8/08. 11 year old son with IBS-C, on Bentyl.

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   Posted 10/21/2008 2:12 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi I remember on day 6 or 7 when I got out off the hospital my Aunt that I stayed at had some frozen Christmas dinner in the freezer so she took it out and cooked it for my first day out. I ate a little turkey and potatoes and they tasted great. So just having that little bit was very nice. Sometimes it only takes a little bit to make a person's day. On the way home I stopped and got a treat at Tim Horton's. My little dog was very happy to see me and it was great getting back home. lol gail
Hallarious woman over 50 ,CD ,IBS 27 years--resection,fistula's,obstructions,and still alive.lol gail

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   Posted 10/21/2008 5:19 PM (GMT -7)   
Oh, Steph. What a lovely post. I'm glad the forum has helped you.

Remember, we will be here for you before, during and after the surgery. In the meantime, keep breathing deeply and relaxing :-). I hope the surgery brings you a much better quality of life!

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   Posted 10/21/2008 7:13 PM (GMT -7)   
Hoping your surgery is all the good things you expect it to be! You should be good to go on the shopping if you don't push too hard recovering. It's gonna take awhile for your system to figure out you CAN it solid foods and yes, maybe some fiber eventually. Just remember Heinz makes a fat free turkey gravy in a jar and you can eat it on ANYTHING! Yummy all year long!
Dx'd Jan'06, 1st Resection 7/06, Humira, Imuran, B12 injections, Nexium, Lexapro, Nulev, Glucosamine, Multi-Vitamin, Calcium Citrate, Ultracet. Secondary conditions: Psorasis, Osteoarthritis, Fibromyalgia, Lactose Intolerant, gallstones, kidney stones & peri-menopausal.

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   Posted 10/22/2008 7:18 AM (GMT -7)   
Stephx so glad to hear that we were able to help you. I know the surgery is a scary thing, but I am really hopeful that you are going to feel so much better afterward. I agree that Thanksgiving is only 3 weeks after your surgery, but I would think a modified Thanksgiving meal would be pretty easy on your guts. Just eat a little turkey and mash potatos, yummy. We are always here for you, never doubt that.

Gail *Nanners*
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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