I had my colon removed in March 2006 and had to wait for the pathology report to come back. My surgeon informed me after a couple months that he was happy with the report and he was willing to do the J pouch surgery, and arrangements began. Then in July 2006 I became quite ill, unable to climb stairs without the room spinning, my inhalers didn't help what I thought was my long standing asthma, and I had a great amount of chest pain. The wonderful doctor that I happened to see, not my family doctor, immediately put me on anti-biotics thinking it may be pleurisy - but just on a hunch he also scheduled me an urgent CT Scan. This is not an easy thing in my area, but he insisted and they squeezed me in. I had to travel several hours for the scan and after the tech would not allow me to leave. I had not one but several pulmonary embolisms or blood clots in my right lung.
The strange thing about me getting this that it was four months after surgery which makes it not impossible but very unlikely according to my surgeon, that surgery was the cause. I was on blood thinners for 6 months then taken off only to be retested and find I was making clots again. Six more months and then retested again, this time I was good.
So now after being off the blood thinners since August and consulting with the surgeon a few times, the surgery is again going ahead. He didnt want to touch me on the blood thinners, or while I was making clots as they are very easily fatal - and trust me - painful. Now I go to have the pouch constructed and as you said, 6-8 weeks later the ostomy will be removed.
Thanks for your thoughts and support
Colon removed March 10/2006 with J pouch surgery ahead.
Re-occuring iritis (usually 2x a year) since 2000.
Pulmonary Embollism July 2006.