Wow, thank you for your high complements! I am so glad that I was able to help you and influence your decision to have the surgery. If it were not for the influence of this forum, I probably would not have elected to have the surgery. I, like you, found wonderful comfort in these people and feel like I have a whole new group of friends to turn to for help.
You asked me if I would have this surgery again.... Let me answer your question this way - over the past decade I have not been able to eat dinner with my family. Every night I made either chicken, steak, tacos, fish, or something else that smelled and tasted yummy and I could not eat it. I would sit at the dinner table and read books to my children while they ate. I exlpained to my children that food made mommy sick and Heavenly Father and the doctors were working on figuring out how I could be healed. This year is the first year I have been able to have add my plate to the dinner table. (However my kids still ask me to read when I am done eating). I cannot eat dinner ever night because I have a slow motility disorder and sometimes my lunch will be so slow to move which makes it hard for me to eat dinner. But, I do eat dinner about 75% of the time. Also, prior to the surgery, I was dying....seriously dying. My heart was struggling to pump, my kidneys were in failure, my electrolytes were low, my blood pressure was low. I was placed in the ICU in June of this year (on my 33 b-day) and I was give one nurse to watch over only me. She was not given any other patients because I was so close to death. Now I feel stronger and healthier. Having an ileostomy is not a cure for me because of my motility disease; however, for many people it is a cure.
In short, yes, I would definitely have the surgery again.
Revised Coletomy/ Reset Anastimosis 2006
Revised Colectomy/ Obstructions 2005
Sub-total Colectomy 2001
Prov. 16: 20 Whoso trusteth in the Lord, happy is he.
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