Trying again for going home... Dr doing check-out process right now.

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78SilvAnniv
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   Posted 5/15/2008 8:14 AM (GMT -7)   
They opened me from stem-to-stern and I am still very sore; just above pubic bone to 2" above belly-button.  38 staples!  Tired and hungry from my stay at the hospital.  I had to pitch a fit yesterday AM to be allowed to come home yesterday.  I cannot stay sitting long, so that is why this is so brief.  They only removed about 4" of diseased colon (concentrated ulcers inside and out) on the lower L side.  Pathology report (I'll find out Wed @ re-check) will determine exactly what was wrong with me.  Dr said we could still do j-pouch at a later date.  Hm...not bloody likely I'm going to want to go back under the abdominal knife!
I'll post a more detailed post in a few days after I feel a little better and have more energy.
Heidi


I have the ability of single-minded determination and accurate project focu....Hey, look, a cat!
 
UC is pretty darn crappy, but if you can't laugh at yourself, you'll cry. 
I'd much rather laugh.

Post Edited (78SilvAnniv) : 5/19/2008 1:17:37 PM (GMT-6)


summerstorm
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   Posted 5/15/2008 7:52 PM (GMT -7)   
well i am glad you are home, and i hope you start feeling better soon!

Equestrian Mom
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   Posted 5/16/2008 3:56 AM (GMT -7)   
Welcome home!  Now take some time to rest and recover.  I never thought to count my staples!  It won't hurt forever, just take your pain meds now yeah

78SilvAnniv
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   Posted 5/17/2008 12:29 PM (GMT -7)   
i did not overdoit! honest!
i loved being at home with my hubby, mom, kitties, my own bed and food i liked...but the years of immuno-suppressants really took me for a loop. i have an infection (peritonitis scare) and am back at Emory on IV antibiotics. when i left wed, my wbc was 6...yesterday afternoon when i was readmitted it was 20, though mom says she thought the gal said 40? last night i could hardly move w/out being in horrible pain thru my whole abdomen. it took me 30min to get rolled out of bed to go potty and after i finally got up/down, i could only breathe very shallowly, so i woke hubby up and told him i thought i needed to go back.
hubby has come to stay the night w/ me last night and he brought the laptop and some milk w/ my precious instant breakfast and myoplex to stir in.

everything seemed just fine earlier in the week. i was stir crazy and beyond ready to go home on wed. i was told to leave the bandage over the drain wound for 2 days before removal. by thurs my stitches/staples were becoming inflamed and that afternoon i was feeling punky so i took my temp to see it was elevated. i decided to peek at the drain wound...and it was not pretty. mom took me to my family dr and i got some antibiotics but that night was the night i couldnt breathe after moving and decided i needed to come back.

i will try my hardest to not push for escape. i mean early discharge.
i am feeling better, enough to type this much, at least. i will still probably participate minimally until i am feeling much better. i'd rather have all my steps be forward with no slidebacks because i tried to go to fast.
h

I have the ability of single-minded determination and accurate project focu....Hey, look, a cat!
 
UC is pretty darn crappy, but if you can't laugh at yourself, you'll cry. 
I'd much rather laugh.


Equestrian Mom
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   Posted 5/17/2008 3:33 PM (GMT -7)   

78Silv-don't get discouraged.  I was moments away from being discharged when I spiked a fever (my last set of vitals b4 going home) in the hospital.  Luckily I was still in the hospital, had all my tests, antibiotics and nothing by mouth another three days!  And, to make it worse, I started with an upper respiratory funk two weeks after going home and had to go back on meds to clear that up...

Just don't rush it.  When you are better, you'll go home.  Let them take care of what ever is going on.  Sometimes it is better to be cautious even thought it stinks to have to stay in the hospital a minute longer yeah

 


summerstorm
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   Posted 5/17/2008 8:27 PM (GMT -7)   
i had a random fever the night before i was orignally supposed to go home also. there was never any reason found for it.
Lots of people experince setbacks after surgery, but that doesn't mean its gonna always be bad.
I had to go back for dehydration shortly after coming home, and i got it into my head that i was gonna have to do this like every week, lol
Anyway, i hope you get better soon!

78SilvAnniv
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   Posted 5/18/2008 9:29 AM (GMT -7)   
Feeling much better. IV pump is out and will begin oral meds, 24hr observation and then possible discharge to go home.
They let me SHOWER today! My hair is clean, brushed out and drying. *sigh* 11 days since I had washed/braided it for the surgery. I'm also wearing a cotton jersey nightgown of my own. I've had enough of the hospital johnnies with missing snaps.

Was still experiencing pain in my abdomen overnight, but I had a BM w/gas this morning and it eased the pressure considerably. Now my belly is just 'tender' and if I keep moving/eating, I can try to keep the gas/pressure from building up and getting so uncomfortable. Last pain shot was this am at 6:30. I'll see how I'm feeling this early afternoon and try to forgo any more pain meds.
Looks like I may get to go home tomorrow or Tuesday.
h
I have the ability of single-minded determination and accurate project focu....Hey, look, a cat!
 
UC is pretty darn crappy, but if you can't laugh at yourself, you'll cry. 
I'd much rather laugh.


summerstorm
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   Posted 5/18/2008 6:05 PM (GMT -7)   
it is so nice to finally get to wash your hair isnt it?

peggy113
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   Posted 5/18/2008 7:16 PM (GMT -7)   
Hang in there and don't rush it. Be sure to "drink" lots of fluids, esp until your body gets used to taking fluids by mouth again and it's new plumbing. Good Luck!
Peggy
      
Diagnosed with CD in 1979, many resections and meds
Perm Ileostomy July 1984 at Cleveland Clinic
Disease free since surgery 
 


78SilvAnniv
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   Posted 5/19/2008 12:16 PM (GMT -7)   
Another Dr from the surgical team came in and peeked, poked, prodded and asked questions....and he is starting the check-out process right now. I guess we're gonna try it again and hope for the best.
Sending me home with clindamyacin. I think I've given that to my cats! :-D
Wish me luck,
h
I have the ability of single-minded determination and accurate project focu....Hey, look, a cat!
 
UC is pretty darn crappy, but if you can't laugh at yourself, you'll cry. 
I'd much rather laugh.


peggy113
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   Posted 5/21/2008 4:50 AM (GMT -7)   

Heidi,

Did you get to go home the other day?  How are you doing?  Update, please....

 


Peggy
      
Diagnosed with CD in 1979, many resections and meds
Perm Ileostomy July 1984 at Cleveland Clinic
Disease free since surgery 
 


78SilvAnniv
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   Posted 5/21/2008 3:08 PM (GMT -7)   
I was very sore/tender and couldn't sit at the computer for updating, my apologies...
I will start a new thread because I have new info...
h
I have the ability of single-minded determination and accurate project focu....Hey, look, a cat!
 
UC is pretty darn crappy, but if you can't laugh at yourself, you'll cry. 
I'd much rather laugh.

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