woot! Surgery soon!!!

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   Posted 6/10/2010 12:28 PM (GMT -7)   
Surgery is scheduled for August 2 but I'm working on bumping it up to July 26. I am sooooo excited and can't wait!!! The icing on the cake is that all of my family wants to come take care of me so I'll get to see people I haven't seen in years :P Life is good!
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   Posted 6/10/2010 1:29 PM (GMT -7)   
I am very happy for you n see that you r estastic as well
do let us know if it does get bumped up to july 26
sending lots of good vibes n prayers yr way
good you see all yr family too
keep us posted
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   Posted 6/10/2010 2:45 PM (GMT -7)   
Thank you! :) I will let you guys know if it gets bumped up. I'm basically waiting to hear from one professor to see if she will let me finish my class a week early. I'm trying to give myself as much time for recovery as possible before the Fall semester starts (plus I'm just really excited to see family and get this diseased crap out of me lol)

I was wondering - For those of you who have had surgery, how long did it take for your recovery (especially if it was laproscopic). I am mainly concerned about fatigue in the Fall semester as I will be taking lots of classes plus starting a new internship. If I can move the surgery to July 26, I will have almost a month before classes start again.

I have seen some people say they had really bad D after the surgery. If you did, how long did it last and were you mostly D or C before the surgery? Is it because you were obstructed and suddenly everything was able to pass as it should? I'm worried about accidents especially since I have a fistula (which they are going to try to plug since I'll be under for the resection anyway).

I have been gaining some weight since I started dating my boyfriend - he admits he is trying to fatten me up lol. I have been trying to work out a lot and eat healthier (as healthy as I can with CD anyway). I was wondering how long it was before you guys were able to work out again (especially things like crunches) and how soon you were able to eat fruits and veggies (if at all). I really miss broccoli and can't wait to eat healthy again.

Also- For the ladies - How long until you were able to have sex again? That is the only downside to the surgery in my opinion lol.

Thanks!!! Much Love!

"Be ashamed to die until you have won some victory for humanity" ~ Horace Mann

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   Posted 6/11/2010 1:50 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi MissCriss -- I had surgery at the beginning of April of this year as I had horrible strictures that were only getting worse.  I was lucky to have mine done laproscopically, and only had to stay in the hospital for 4 days.  I was fatigued for probably 3-4 weeks after surgery, which they told me was relatively normal.  They said if I overdid it, I may be fatigued for up to 3 months -- so I tried to rest for the first couple of weeks.  As for D, I'm about 8-9 weeks out now, and still trying to figure that one out.  I was told it could take up to 6 months for the body to get used to the post-surgical state..  Although, I also had 2.5 feet of SI taken out.  With regards to the D, I have found eating certain foods have really helped.  I've been eating a lot of mashed potatoes, sandwiches and pasta, and have managed to get myself from 8 D's/day to maybe 1 or 2..  As for working out, they told me to wait 6-8 weeks, and lift no more than 10 lbs..  As for your final question, there wasn't a time limit, just when you felt fine enough to do so.
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   Posted 6/11/2010 1:57 PM (GMT -7)   
Um, depends first off on the surgery. My first was only supposed to be laparascopic but they had to remove my appendix and then my right fallopian tube. It was actually okay. I recovered from it pretty fast (with the exception of the build up of abscesses and fistulas). They're the reason I had three surgeries in three months. BUT, since you're aware of the Crohns and its exploratory, there's a GREAT chance that it'll only take tops of a month to get better.

I'll suggest this one right away. As soon as you're aware enough to stand, get up and walk. Walking around will help heal you faster. My hubby took me for walks through the park as I was recovering and we lived on the 3rd floor at the top. So, tons of stairs while recovering too. Also, keep aware of pain management DURING hospital recovery. If you're still in tons of pain, make sure your doctors know about it. Actually, had more gas then anything after the lapascopic or whatever its called surgery.\

Good luck and heal well.
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   Posted 6/11/2010 2:02 PM (GMT -7)   
I'm so glad you have a date! I hope you can get in even sooner than that to give yourself more time.

I think you'll be okay. I did not have a pleasant surgery exp and I was back at work 4 weeks after the surgery (and mine ended up being open). I had bad D in the hospital but Lomodol cleared it up and I never had another issue.

Walk walk walk. It sucks but do it anyways. It's the key to getting things moving again.
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