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   Posted 12/23/2007 12:22 AM (GMT -7)   
well hello and merry christmas to everyone.  and any other holiday that you may celebrate, i just saw the "festivus" episode of seinfeld again today. i like the idea!  
 anyhow, today or rather last night i completed my 8th year on TPN! wow , time flies! also if you have visited my website, 8 years since the blown strictureplasty, the sepsis, the organ failure etc... life goes on
  i remember vividly the anger and dispair i had at survining that event. i was mad at my family, the drs and everyone in general. i woke up a week later with a vent tube, several iv pumps with , im told about 20 differant bags all running at the same time. there were iv poles that had 6 pumps each on them on each side of the bed and at the head of the bed. i was in the ICU.
  it was such a shock . whenever i had a surgery prior to this i always would put my hand on my belly feeling for an ostomy bag. never had one. and was calmed by that. this time however i felt down and i just said to my self, oh crap!. not only was there a bag, but a very thick bandage on my gut. before it was just a small thin bandage with some tape. this was about 6 inches thick and covered my whole belly! well the big open wound that was my belly. (SEE WEB SITE FOR PICS!)
  with the sedation wearing off and my decidedly upset attitude , they had to tie me down to the bed. seems i kept trying to pull the vent out . i had  , i think 2 ivs in each arm and one in my neck that had 3-4 lines in it. for all those bags you see.
   my wife tells me , and i vaguely remember bits, that i kept telling everyone to make the music stop! i could here the Scorpions playing next door! all day and all night. only problem was i was on the 7th floor and on the outside row of rooms.!
  with the sepsis, there was extreme pain. the most painful pain i heve ever experianced. i truly was asking to be knocked out. this went on for hours untill my organs began shutting down. my dr was at home, the nurses kept calling him and telling him that this was not normal "gas pain" etc... he never came.  i finally started swelling up when my kdneys went first. they called another surgeon and he rushed me right to the icu. the prgreesion of the sepsis was such that after the kidneys, the lungs startd shutting down. i was rushed to the OR and they quickly discovered that thigs were pretty grim. my entire abdomen was filled with fluid from my intestines.
  the surgery report then reads, "the patients heart stopped at this time and vigorous resusatation was started."  so as some like to think , by the grace of god or the surgeons skill, my heart was restarted and life went on.
  my entire body was poisoned and it sure felt like it! i do not remember much of that few weeks, devil (thanks versed!), but i do remember that my negative attitude was not a good thing to have at that time.
   my entire life changed that december 8 years ago. i would like to think for the better. i have met so many wonderful drs and nurses and other CD patients in that time.  my attitude before then was usually a rool with the punches type. i had a brief time of negativity and since then i have strived to be a positve influence on those i encounter.
   that epsode and the resulting other surgeries is where i came up with my name , Randynoguts. as you see, when the sepsis occurred it killed most of the rst of my bowel. then each surgery in that next year took more and more. a smaller septic epsode in sept of of '00 took the rest. thats a whole 'nuther story.
   so as i close this, my 8th year update, (23 total with CD) i would like to thank those who are responsable for helping to keep things upbeat in my life, my family, my health teams, and all of you !  
        i know the holidays are a stressful time for us, but just keep a good attitude and make someone smile. it works wonders for me!   sincerely, randy tongue

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   Posted 12/23/2007 6:06 AM (GMT -7)   
You are truly an INSPIRATION to us ALL

Thanks for posting this it does give ppl hope as you know

Happy Holidays my friend to you and yours from my house and mine

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   Posted 12/23/2007 7:59 AM (GMT -7)   
Wonderful story. I laughed, I cried. I love your posts here. They really help me put it all in perspective some days. I am so glad you survived the hard times and can enjoy the holidays this year. XOXO


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   Posted 12/23/2007 9:35 AM (GMT -7)   
Randy we are all sooo glad you survived that December day. You bring joy and knowledge to each of us almost everyday. God Bless you and may you and yours have a truly wonderful Christmas and a healthy New Year.

God Bless,
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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   Posted 12/23/2007 11:37 AM (GMT -7)   
Randy, thank god someone was watching over you, and obviously continues to. I thank you for your words and
I wish you & your family a very special Christmas & a healthier new year.
I'm proud to know you and call you friend..........God Bless.

Too many years with CD
Two bowel resections, several obstructions.

Laughter is the brush that sweeps the cobwebs from our hearts

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   Posted 12/23/2007 2:03 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Randy thanks for being here and sharing your life story with us we are so happy to have a good friend such as you . love and Merry Christmas going to you and happy New Year. lol gail

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   Posted 12/23/2007 6:38 PM (GMT -7)   
Randy, You didn't go through all that 8 years ago for nothing....there is a greater purpose to all things. By posting your story, you are helping untold number of people who are dealing with heartrenching, difficult situations and decisions. You are an inspiration to all of us...and we are so Blessed to have you as a 'counselor'/advisor, friend.
Merry xmas....and all the very best for you in the NEw Year. You really help bring home the fact that we should all live in the moment...for today...and appreciate those around us whom we love and not to wait to tell them so.
Thank you and many Blessings!
50 yr.old retired RN,Crohn's D for last35 yrs..severe esophagitis, migraines,strictures,urethral stricture,depression,probable MS.

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   Posted 12/23/2007 11:03 PM (GMT -7)   
what i don't understand is why they couldn'ta gotten a plastic surgeon in there too yeah ........i mean you were already there and sedated, and they knew it would be a lengthy recovery tongue................

we're glad things turned out the way they did, rando. merry Christmas to you too, and to all.


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   Posted 12/24/2007 3:02 AM (GMT -7)   
VV, i wondered that too! maybe they could hooked me up with the face transplant or something. or at least some LIPO!
seriously though, with all those surgeries, each time they took a bit off each side of the main scar. my ostomy hole used to be kinda down on my side a bit and its right next to my scar now. FREE tummy tucks! what a country!

 i forgot to add, that with those tucks and pulling things around, some of my back hair has migrated to the front! no lie!


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   Posted 12/24/2007 2:56 PM (GMT -7)   
Randy - Thanks for sharing your story with us. You are truly an inspiration and you certainly help to put things in perspective. Have you ever thought about writing a book? You could call it "Randynoguts" or "How did that Back Hair Get There?" If you make it on Oprah, give us a shout out! Merry Christmas to you too and a happy and HEALTHY 2008!
50 y/o F. CD dx'd Aug 05. Initially on Pentasa, then Imuran 125 mg. Started Humira (very reluctantly) on 10/24/07. Currently on Humira, Imuran and Entorcort. Hope to dc Imuran and Entorcort within one month of starting Humira.

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Date Joined Oct 2007
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   Posted 12/24/2007 7:05 PM (GMT -7)   

Wow,what a story,Thank God your'e o'kay after all of that.You really have something to be grateful for :-)

Now,my question,was your strictureplasty during a colonoscopy? I'm supposed to go in January for a scope to widen a stricture,was that the same thing? I'm thinking I'm going to cancel.Aggghhhh!! I'm really nervous about going.


Happy holidays :-)

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   Posted 12/24/2007 7:42 PM (GMT -7)   
Randy,I would like to thank you I joined this site all most five years ago and every time that I came to this site I would all way's look for your post because you gave me streanth and I love your humor as well and for the most part when I was down I would read your post and you put a smile on my face so again that you.

<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<MARRY CHRISTMAS RANDY>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

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   Posted 12/24/2007 8:07 PM (GMT -7)   
Randy, your story, and more importantly you, your attitude and optimism, are an inspiration and at times a saving grace for us all. (((hugs))) to you and yours.
Some people are like Slinkies... Not really good for anything, but they still bring a smile to your face when you push them down a flight of stairs.

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   Posted 12/25/2007 3:36 AM (GMT -7)   
lynnRN, no thats different. my strictuoplasty was an ope operation where they take the intestine and slit it lengthwise and then pull it together width wise and sew it together. its supposed to help you keep more intestine longer which i needed then because i had already had 6 or 7 resections of a foot or more each. but because of the meds i was on at the time my intestines were like hamburger in stead of solid like a steak and would not hold a staple or stitch. and it came apart.

what your thinking of is a balloon dialation of the stricture from the inside from a scope. i suppose you could pop a hole if something went wrong , but i think its pretty safe. even with just a colonoscopy the danger of perforation is there.

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   Posted 12/25/2007 7:36 AM (GMT -7)   

Thank you.


Have a great day :-)

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