Posted 9/15/2009 8:02 AM (GMT -6)
It is so wonderful to find a place like this.
I will try to make this short.
PLEASE excuse all spelling.
I feel like a broken record,and a complainer.But really i have a very positive energy and love life.
I am 56(in 5 days) and having gall bladder removed with stones on the 17th.
I have had ibs for almost 30 years,taking as many as 10 imodium ad a day.
After ending up in emergency room at 3am,they(the fine doctors) decided it gall bladder with stones and i need surgery right away,that was 15 days ago.But i am scheduled for surgery on the 17th.I know what the big D is,and,well,i just deal with it.But after reading many pages on here,well,i am now scared.I have DDD,herniated disc's,deterirating,etc... have a hyaital hernia also.Ostero arthritis,and am 30 pounds over weight(i have lost 6 pounds this week,yeah).I smoke a half pack a day and am not quitting this year.I have had all the lectures i need thank you.I love to cook,and my hubby loves that i love to cook.I trim,i bake and broil,i am careful!I use olive oil,or canola oil,a lot of chicken or very lean pork.In other words,i don't have a high fat diet.I did treat myself and had a half of a hamburger this year.I drink 2 cups of coffee in the morning,don't talk to me unless i have had them.I am allergic to my favorite food,chocolate,so i don't eat it.It fills me with phlegm and its hard to breathe.
Now the meds i am taking(or supposed to take).......
I give meds 3 weeks and if they don't work by then i don't take them.I really don't like adding more stuff to my body.
1..Every morning i take one 10 mg morphine for my back,
i dont eat breakfast,never have,stomach cant handle it
2..If its a really bad day,i might take one 10 mg flexirel
I might,might eat a piece of toast around 2pm.
3..Once a week i put on a vivelle dot hormone replacement patch(hubby puts it on my butt as he says i am a different woman when i skip a dose)ha ha ha
4..one omeperole 80 mg thirty minutes before supper(around 6;30 pm)
5..one 10mg ambien before bed
6.......anywhere between 2-6 imodium ad a day.
I have the big D now,and hearing all the stories about more intense big D after surgery has me scared.I have tried some of the things y'all have mentioned,calcium etc,and they didn't seem to work.I understand there is no happy realistic cure of all,but are there some reasonable solutions.The doctors don't listen to us,even after 30 years,and they always say,stop smoking,exercise,loose weight,and diet.But that their cure for everything.This can and is very frustrating,as it seems one thing after the other starts falling apart as we get older.But if doctor's took the time to listen to ALL the symptoms,well,maybe we wouldn't need them as much.
Thank you for any and all help in advance,and hopefully i will hear something before the big day.
Oh and one more question......about the actual surgery,what do they do?The doctor was to busy to come back and explain it to me.So looking on the net,i read they suck it out,and there will be four holes? Do they still use stitches these days?When i had my cancer(1984) they were just getting into staples.What kind of healing time is it?They said i would be up and back to normal in 3 days,is this true?
So many questions,so little time.Thank you.