I know it's off-topic (ostomies) but as part of my medical mystery tour I want to let you know of a recent development. As many of you might know, I had a hole in my throat as a result of being on a respirator for so long. In order to breathe properly I had to ball up two 4x4 inch gauze pads place it in the stoma and bandage it with Medifix tape. In order to speak I had to hold the bandage in place. Needless to say it has been a real pain to have to hold my throat everytime I wanted to speak. Needless to say, my wife would inevitably want to talk when I had both hands busy! Talk about a one-sided conversation! Plus, going back to work, I am sure it has been quite distracting to my fellow workers and clients.
Well, yeterday I had an outpatient surgery procedure and my trache hole is no more! Of course my throat is sore as hell (I stayed home and babied myself all day!) but I'm on my way to recovery.
When I think of where I have come from it truly amazes me. Through a combination of family support, faith, medical expertise and friends like the ones on this site I feel like I have been resurrected. Thank God and thank you all.
Ileostomy since August 2005.
As result of surgery (modified whipple) for necrotising pancreatitis. Removal of gallbladder, 2/3 of pancreas, resections of large and small intestines. Massive infection. 8 months in ICU at Westchester County M.C. (I think that's a record). Second surgery for resection due to fistulas in January 2007. Been slowly recovering since then. Possible reconnection candidate.