Surgery in a few days!! AH

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Date Joined Feb 2008
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   Posted 3/11/2008 2:56 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi everyone, just checking in to see if anyone had any last minute advise for me. Friday is the big day!!! I'm so scared. I have to take these osmoprep tablets on thursday: 20 pills at 3pm and 12 at 8pm. Anyone every had these? I'm a little afraid. I guess I have things packed and ready, I got four night gowns, sock, I hope afterward they will let me wear a bra. I got a shower bag and some slippers. I also packed my resperator that they said I need to take with me. Anyone have trouble with these? I can only get that thing to 2000! I'm suppose to be at 2300. Well if anyone has any experience they would like to share, and any advise I would love to hear it. Thank you to everyone for there wonderful support and I'll be looking forward to talking with you guys afterwards!
Subtotal colectomy planned for March 14th. AH!
Happy Birthday to me! 23! March 3rd!

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   Posted 3/11/2008 3:00 PM (GMT -6)   
I doubt you will care or be able to wear a bra after surgery! With the IV lines it's impossible to wear anything except for a hospital gown. And the first few days being on morphine I couldn't have cared less how I looked and I had the attention span of a gnat. Good luck!

dx proctitis in 1987
dx UC in 1991, was stable until 1998

1998 started prednisone, asacol, pentasa, nortriptylene, ativan, 6MP, rowasa enemas and suppositories, hydrocortisone enemas, tried the SCD diet, being a vegetarian, omega 3s, flax, pranic healing, yoga, acupuncture, probiotics

2000 lost all my B-12 stores and became anemic

2001 opted for j-pouch surgery- now living life med-free

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Date Joined Dec 2007
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   Posted 3/11/2008 5:26 PM (GMT -6)   
lol!sam i'm with you, i threw on my sportsbra as soon as i could after surgery. I'm sure things will go well. U'll be in my prayers
25 y/o female- crohns disease since 14
Ileostomy pending-very worried
Tried asacol,pentasa,prednisone,remicade,6mp,azasan, no avail
Seatons placed
Worst year ever!

"For God has not given us the spirit of fear....."
Where does mine come from?!
 Temp Ileostomy performed 1/29/08
Still Adusting has been my Godsend...Thank you

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   Posted 3/12/2008 8:21 PM (GMT -6)   
Happy belated birthday and good luck with the surgery. My advice is use your pain pump and get up and walk as soon as possible to keep the gas pains away!

I hate hospital food and there were no food stops nearby, so I packed snacks (pretzels are good) and candy. An ipod and good book/magazine help when you get tired of watching tv.

Let us know when you can how everything went!

Originally diagnosed with CD in 1991
Only one serious flare up in 1998 and again in July 2007
Total colectomy August 2007 now saying "Undetermined Colitis"
2nd step J-pouch formation -January 2008
Takedown hopefully by April 2008

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Date Joined Aug 2007
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   Posted 3/12/2008 9:09 PM (GMT -6)   

Good luck to you! Please come back and let us know how things are going. We will be thinking about you.
Best of Luck,
Diagnosed with CD in 1979, many resections and meds
Perm Ileostomy July 1984 at Cleveland Clinic
Disease free since surgery 

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   Posted 3/12/2008 9:48 PM (GMT -6)   
i wore a bra right away, at least as soon as the morphine was gone! i had some gowns, i bought size 2x, and i wear a medium, lol to keep them from touching me! be sure you buy some kind of hand wipes, alchol or antibacterial or something, also take some lotion.
and good luck!

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Date Joined Jan 2007
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   Posted 3/13/2008 10:39 AM (GMT -6)   
You will do great and just stay positive.  You will be on the road to recovery before you know it!
Pancolitis - July 2006
Surgery - Temporary ilestomy on 2.25.08 at Cleveland Clinic. Next surgery in 6 months
Medications:  Predisone - 5mg (and tapering to zero)
Supplements:  multi-vit, calcium
Reason for surgery: Steriod dependent and allergic reactions to imuran and 6mp. Elected not to try remicade.

Glad Bag
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   Posted 3/13/2008 4:20 PM (GMT -6)   
i know it wasn't a subtotla or TC, but i myself didn't get a pain pump, when I got my ileostomy, instead, i was allowed to request more Dilaudid thru my IV every two hours (at first it was every four, but I asked if I could have it more frequently, which they granted without a fight)

good luck!
"I am he as you are he as you are me and we are all together!" - The Beatles

doesn't that just sound cool when you sing it?

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   Posted 3/15/2008 5:50 AM (GMT -6)   
Just wanted you to know that I am thinking about you and hope that your surgery went well. Looking forward to hearing from you.
Diagnosed with CD in 1979, many resections and meds
Perm Ileostomy July 1984 at Cleveland Clinic
Disease free since surgery 

Regular Member

Date Joined Jan 2008
Total Posts : 56
   Posted 3/16/2008 5:28 PM (GMT -6)   
Hope everything is going well, Sam. You are in my prayers. Look forward to hearing how you are doing!
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