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   Posted 11/2/2008 8:28 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Everyone, this is actually Shawn's wife posting this message. He's in the hospital! I'm not completely sure how long it's been since he posted, so I'm goin to try and catch you up on him. A month ago he spent a week in the hospital because of his flare, well, he's now been in the hospital for two weeks. This past Monday his internal med doc did a CT scan, not expecting to find a whole lot. Well, a 10mm abscess showed up near his rectum. Surgery was scheduled for Tuesday and he had 8-12" of his bowel removed. They attempted to go in laproscopically to clean things up, but, as his surgeon said, it was a mess in there and they had to open him up. He's got two drains and a colostomy bag now which he'll have (the bag) for the next six months. He attempted to eat solid food for the first time today, and his bowel doesn't seem to have "woken" up completley yet. They've given him meds for that, and since his white count is still elevated (possibly due to steriods) they have taken him off the steriods, and have him on 4 different antibiotics.  He got a little depressed today to realize that he's got to take a couple steps back in the progress of eating, but his nursing staff has been awesome to assure him that this is common.
We're trying to get an internet hookup in his room so he can come back here, because I know he was drawing a lot of support and information from everyone here who has posted. I'll try to com back on in a day or so and answer any questions I can, and "pass notes" back and forth if I need to.
Take Care,
Kathy Tackett
Diagnosed with Crohn's in July 2005.
Currently taking Pentasa 1000 mg 4X/Day, 6MP 100 mg/day, multivitamin, Potassium Supplement, Enalipril 10 mg/day (Blood Pressure), Prednisone 15 mg/day (currently), Lortab for pain & Phenigren PRN

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   Posted 11/3/2008 3:39 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Kathy Give your husband our best hope he improves soon. Sometimes the eating takes awhile but hopefully that will come better. lol gail
Hallarious woman over 50 ,CD ,IBS 27 years--resection,fistula's,obstructions,hemmies,and still alive.lol gail

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   Posted 11/3/2008 4:02 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Kathy, Thanks for letting us now about your husband is doing. My prayers are with you and your husband.
Hi, I am teddybearweiser, I am a male.
I was diagnosed with crohns disease when i was admitted to the hospital

in 1992, in Jan of 1993 I was back in the hospital for surgery for my crohns. I had part of my right colon resectioned with ilecolonstomy.

My GI doctor has me on Asacol, Dicyclomine,Imuran,Celebrex and Remicade. B-12 injection once a month.
Also diagnosed with Osteoarthritis and Rheumatoid Arthritis

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   Posted 11/3/2008 8:45 AM (GMT -7)   
Big Hugs to Shawn. I pray after his recovery he is able to enjoy a long long remission.

God Bless
Gail *Nanners*
Been living with Crohn's Disease for 33 years.  Currently on Asacol, Prilosec, Estrace, Prinivil, Diltiazem, Percoset prn for pain, Zofran, Phenergan, Probiotics, and Calcium.  Resections in 2002 and 2005.  Also diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and Osteoarthritis. Currently my Crohns is in remission.

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   Posted 11/3/2008 3:54 PM (GMT -7)   
I will be keeping you both in my thoughts and prayers. Keep in mind that you won't necessarily notice improvement from day to day, but when you look back to last week, you will realize just how far he has come, so don't let him get discouraged. Sometimes its hard to see the progress when we are in the thick of things. I hope everyday gets a little easier.

CD 19 years offically, 29 unofficially. 3 resections '93, '95 '97
Symptoms constantly but all tests show only minor ulcerations. Currently having multiple episodes of gastritis with no known cause.

Prednisone, 6MP,Prevacid, B12 shots, Bentyl, Xifaxan.....

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Date Joined Oct 2008
Total Posts : 114
   Posted 11/9/2008 7:50 PM (GMT -7)   
Another update on Shawn. Just over a week after his first surgery, this past Wednesday, he was taken back into the operating room, for a second surgery. They were hoping it would just be to reirrigate his insides, but instead they had to open him again for a 2nd perforation and a 2nd abscess. They removed 10-15% of his small intestine, and another 8-12 inches of the right side of his colon. Still enough they can reattach later, but at the same time, not something we were expecting. He was placed in the critical care unit for less than 24 hours for monitoring, and had an NG tube for approx. 48 hours (which he totally hated!). It was removed on Friday, and he's expected to try solid foods again tomorrow (Monday). When I left today, his temperature was up a bit, so I'm naturally nervous about another infection. It's been a pretty rough week for us, but I wanted to let you all know how things are going for him.

Thank you for all the prayers!
Diagnosed with Crohn's in July 2005.
Currently taking Pentasa 1000 mg 4X/Day, 6MP 100 mg/day, multivitamin, Potassium Supplement, Enalipril 10 mg/day (Blood Pressure), Prednisone 15 mg/day (currently), Lortab for pain & Phenigren PRN

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Date Joined Mar 2006
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   Posted 11/9/2008 10:38 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Kathy,
Prayers for a speedy recovery for Shawn and (((HUGS))) for you.
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