Thank you everyone for your support, you really made me feel better; even if I still couldn't eat or breathe! I ended up going to bed without any dinner and this morning I wasn't any better. For some reason usually when I wake up in the morning, it's like the bloating goes down somewhat - not today! I ate two bites of a cinnamon roll for breakfast and that's all I could handle. I'm at work today and I have a lunch appointment with a client. I wonder how that's going to go since I can't eat? I had to turn in my notice at work yesterday. I've only worked here since May and you have to work here for 12 months for the FMLA to take effect. They also won't just let me take a leave of absence. So, what I had to do was resign and then I can re-apply when I am ready to come back to work. Technically they can't hold my job open, but they said they won't 'actively' pursue a replacement. I've told them I will be in the hospital for 5 days and then home for two weeks. I haven't told them it could be longer. I figure this way they will wait at least that long before they start looking for someone else because that doesn't seem too long. It would take longer to hire and train someone. My last day here will be the 16th. I wanted to be able to have a few nice days to myself before the surgery and then I want to spend the weekend with my family before going in on the 22nd.
Karen, MOM tablets are just the Phillips Milk of Magnesia (MOM) tablets. I hate drinking laxative stuff so I take the pills. And as for an alternative, I just want it OUT!!
Psygirl - I'll have to try some jello tonight. I haven't thought of that, thanks! For my birthday I got a robot vacuum and a 50" plasma tv for my living room. Just in time for my surgery!!
Nene - thanks for understanding. I feel like my whole life revolves around trying to figure out when I can "clean" myself out (and how?) and thinking of my surgery...oh, and reading this board! Which I LOVE! BTW - there is a story behind my screen name!
Summerstorm - I just love my red toenails! That is too funny that you have them too. My sister-in-law paints hers blue. That's her signature color, but it looks weird to me. Thanks for the birthday wish! And yes, people think I'm weird for looking forward to my surgery. Then I have to explain that it's the end result that I'm looking forward to, not the surgery!!
35 years old
Chronic Lifetime Constipation
Diagnosed IBS - 1995
Rectal Prolapse - February 2007
Rectosigmoid Colectomy w/low anterior Anastomosis - 3/13/07
Diagnosed with Colonic Inertia - June 08
Scheduled for Total Colectomy - September 22, 2008
The whole world is at your feet; so paint your toenails Red!