But I obviously made the right decision by having it. Even in the 11th hour, while in preop the surgeon came through and said he looked at my small bowel follow through I had in Dec and he thought I just had a small section of scar tissue that needed to come out. Easy peasy. So I was ready to bail right then and there! I mean, I have had pain but I was popping Vicodin and still working so why go through recovery period for just that?
I went ahead and glad I did. He told me that once he got in, there was a whole 'other story. He said my small intestine was so inflammed and hardened that it had perforated, got the appendix involved, and there was a hole in my colon that we didn't know was there. He said he ended up doing 2 resections - one on each side, taking out 50 cm total plus the appendix. The "mass" as he called it wouldn't fit through the lap holes so I have a lovely bikini cut similar to a csection that really hurts in addition to the 3 lab cuts.
I was honestly not prepared for the pain but he told me that he couldn't believe I was even functioning with what was going on. He called my GI the next day to fill him in and my GI was astounded, too. I always think of myself as a wimp but perhaps I have a better pain tolerance than I thought? Or, the pain tolerance just went up as time went on. I've been dealing with this for months.
He wants me to take it slow. Today I got a little water - surgery was Wed afternoon. No word on food yet. I got the catheter out today and made it around the floor twice. The cough I have is going to eat my lunch it's so painful. I am relying on heavily on the pain meds so I'm not asking to leave anytime soon. Being so codependent on other people just to get out of bed is really proving difficult for me.
I'm an internet junkie and this was the first time I felt up to sitting on a laptop for any period of time.
So, word to the wise - medical tests dont always give the whole picture until you get a camera and surgeon in there to check it out himself.
Thanks for all the pre advice given - it really helped me be prepared for a lot of the post op stay so far. Anyone else have surgery and find out it was a different picture than previously painted?
Post Edited (Aimee =)) : 2/12/2010 3:20:04 PM (GMT-7)