So, I finally have a surgery date: August 9th at Mayo with Dr. Chua. They will be taking out at least 9 inches of SB and 3 inches of LB, maybe more if they have to. They are hoping to do laproscopy, which should mean less time in pain afterward.
This forum has been so great with advice, I will tell you what I know and if you guys could add to it that would be great.
What I've been told:
1- Walk as soon as you can
2- Use an extra pillow on your guts to help you turn/rollover
3- Don't strain for farts or BM
4- Stay near the bathroom
5- Get good pain meds before leaving the hospital
6- Be prepared for a few weeks of discomfort/pain/yuckiness
7- It will get better
8- Keep a close eye out for severe pain, fever, or other signs of infection
9- No heavy lifting/straining until two weeks after first "normal" poop
10- Keep people around you who will encourage you and lift your spirits
11- Be thankful for the 20ish feet of SB you have left
12- Schedule follow-up app. with GI
13- When this is all over, take your wife out for a nice dinner. She is going through this, too
Again, thanks so much for all the support! If you are the praying type, I would ask that you pray for Dr. Chua on the 9th and for my recovery.
Dx with Crohns in 2001- Asacol and diet beat it into remission in 2004.
Nov. 2009- Crohns is back!
Medical Issues- ADHD, anxiety, depression, kidney stones
Meds- Vyvanse, Lexapro, Xanax, Darvocet, Cimzea