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   Posted 8/4/2008 7:39 PM (GMT -7)   
what does the dr say after the 6 weeks check up you should or shouldnt do. I wonder what he will tell me on wednesday. should i be able to do everything like before in his eyes. or still take it easy............. I almost wonder if i am getting a hurnia in my stomach, above my belly button. I dont know but it is getting very sore. so i wonder what the doctors tell everyone else. Not to do much more then i am now or get back at things again. I am a very active person, (well was before surgery) i am one who likes to do mans jobs like mowing, and landscaping, cutting wood with a chain saw and so on. and i use to love to work out ( years ago before i got to my worst) but i cant imagin the dr letting me start doing sit ups or anything like that. I dont think i could right now. how long does it take to heal from an open sub total colectomy.

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   Posted 8/4/2008 9:12 PM (GMT -7)   
well you can start to introduce regular foods into your diet, just do a small amount of stuff, one at a time, to see if there is gonna be anything that upsets your stomach.
As for activity, i wouldt go out and cut down a tree just yet, but i was mowing, on my riding mower anyway about 2 months after surgery. And i was back to doing the majority of what i used to do, i just waited a little while till i started doing sit ups and really physical stuff, really it takes a while to get your energy level back up compeltly anyway.

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   Posted 8/5/2008 2:15 AM (GMT -7)   
Personally, I know that I am prone to an excess of internal scar tissue (adhesions). Everyone gets them. It is part of the healing process and no way to avoid them. The key word for me is excess. So I really try not to lift any think too heavy or do the sit ups or ab crunches. WALK, walk, walk, do the stair stepper and all those heart healthy machines. Good luck at your follow up appt. Let us know what the doc says.
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 8/5/2008 6:00 AM (GMT -7)   
HI mommy - Glad you are doing well so far.

I have some questions - are you glad you had the operation? is having bm more a normal process now? Do you feel much better or do you have pain and bloating?

thanks. karen.
1997: Diagnosed IBS
2003: Rectocele/cystocele - Pelvic floor repair surgery;
2006: Mucosal prolapse/Obstructive Defaecation Syndrome/Slow Transit Constipation - STARR surgery;
2007: Partial volvulus (cause of ODS?) - Sigmoid resection. Result: immediate colonic inertia;
2008: Now contemplating colectomy as I need to take up to 30 senna tablets daily for some kind of bowel movement (albeit not 'normal' or all at once).  Always in discomfort/pain. 
Scared to have TC as told I could become incontinent - can't get my head around the fact I might require a 'bag' :(

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