ANOTHER surgery. Waaaaahhhh!

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   Posted 10/21/2008 11:48 AM (GMT -7)   
I have been having HORRIBLE TERRIBLE pains in my abdomen. Turns out to be "lots" of gallstones. I now need to have yet another surgery (#4 in 15 months). My GI is not very hopeful that it will be done laproscopically. He says that adhesions, etc..will make lapro surgery too risky, and that they will probably need to do open surgery. I was supposed to be DONE. I am back at work. I was healing. Now, yet again, I have another surgery. Now again, I need to be out of work. I want to cry. I have been cursed with crappy digestive system. UC, colectomies, ileosotmies, jpouch, hardened pancreas, gallstones. Booooo Hoooooo. I am hating my body for being so inadequate. Why do these things happen to us? What did I do wrong to deserve it? Gah, sorry, I am feeling down, my doc just called with the news.
Anyone here have the open gallbaldder surgery? What's it like?
If at first you do not succeed, then skydiving is surely not meant for you.
Jo - UC, total colectomy and ileostomy on August 24, 2007. Step 2 & ileosotmy switched to left side - May 27, 2008, and take down August 8, 2008. LIFE IS GOOD.

pr glo
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   Posted 10/21/2008 1:07 PM (GMT -7)   
I feel your pain I also am scheduled to have my gallbladder removed laproscopicly unless when they go in they have to do open due to my gallbladder not functioning at all. I have been at my job for 3 years and within that time I have had 3 surgeries It does suck!!!!!! But we can only take it day by day take a deep breath, pray and keep going on with every day life IT's not easy but this is the hand we have been dealt with unfortunately. And remember there is someone else worst off then us. Keep your head up!!!!! and GodBless. PR Glo

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   Posted 10/21/2008 3:33 PM (GMT -7)   
Wow, I am so sorry to hear that. It seems like everyone is getting their gallbladder taken out now. I hope it goes well so you can get back to recovering!
Ulcerative Colitis since December 2001 (age 15)
in remission for 6 months in 2002 followed by severely active disease
1st j-pouch surgery done on July 30, 2008

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   Posted 10/21/2008 3:48 PM (GMT -7)   

Oh man, I'm so sorry to hear this! shakehead  You're going to feel better once it's all over, but that sure is a bummer. Do you know when you're going to have it done? How did your boss take the news? Keep us posted on how you're doing.



Dx'd Crohn's in '99 at 28. Proctocolectomy and ileostomy in '06.
Disease-free, medicine-free, and very thankful to be healthy again :)

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   Posted 10/21/2008 7:50 PM (GMT -7)   


My daughter had to have an open gall bladder operation for the same reasons..she is only 11 but she said that was the easiest operation that she has had. her incision was only about 4 inches,and she was up and walking etc the next day. Compared to everything you all have gone through,this seemed to be the easiest. It does suck though and I'm sorry to hear about it...You will be in my prayers!!But w/ daughter she did feel alot better after and it seemed to be her quickest recovery....Keep us posted!!

Krista & Takera

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   Posted 10/23/2008 9:07 AM (GMT -7)   
Sorry to hear about another one...keep your chin up, you will feel better when it is done! I think surgeries come is spurts..I just got through #2 in 6 months, but didn't have ANY for 7 years:(

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   Posted 10/23/2008 3:32 PM (GMT -7)   

Hi Jo:

I'm sorry to hear you have to go through this stuff (and I mean the other word) again. I did have my gallbladder removed but it was part of my first "mega" surgery, so I can't relate even to the open surgery since they did so many other things at that time. What I do know is that I have returned to a normal diet and I have had seemingly no ill effects from having the gall-bladder out.

I hope they can do it laproscopically but if not I hope it goes smoothly with the open. Either way I'm sure you'll be ready for spring training



Ileostomy in 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. Reversal May 2008.

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   Posted 10/23/2008 4:54 PM (GMT -7)   
I also just had my test on my gallbladder and dosnt work at all either.My DR. supost to call me tomarow.He told me that if it needed to come out that it would have to be open surgery just like you.Will have to see who has to go first.(9 surgerys in 9 months)Good luck.
Lost half of my small intestine, Nerve damage to right leg,part of my right hip bone removed,hernia,infection in my back called discites,and depression

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   Posted 10/24/2008 1:33 PM (GMT -7)   
Didn't I just recently post that I thought gallstones were an issue with us "diseasers"? I sure hope that I didn't Jinx you, Jo. The only thing I can say is keep your chin up. You are stronger than this whole surgery thing. I know that we all say, "Why me?" when it comes around or things don't go how we plan. I am sooooo guilty of that, but I know it could always be worse. At the time it's happening to you, its hard to imagine anything worse, right?

Take care and let us know when you go in and what the boss has to say.

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 10/24/2008 4:58 PM (GMT -7)   
i feel for you. i just had to have a second surgery. and i tell you what is is depressing.............. and now my incision has an infection in it and getting really bad now. So i dont know what the dr will have to do for me. but i am going ot call him by monday and get in there. or if it gets really bad this weekend i will go to the ER. It is just really upsetting.
how do you know if your galbladder is acting up. I have trouble with my body not keeping the potasium either. so i dont know what is wrong with me there. anyone else out there have that. i might post it later also. i might have to see a kidney doctor. anyone going thru this

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   Posted 10/24/2008 6:11 PM (GMT -7)   
sad  I just read your message. I will be praying for you. I know what you mean when you say what did I do to deserve all these health challenges? It does get depressing. I suffer from Depression with Panic/Anxiety Disorder. I am on medication for those issues. It was 2 months ago when I had my entire colon removed. My doctor said that it basically quit working and died in my body. Recovery is slow and difficult.I find that sleep/rest and praying for strength helps me cope. Good luck with your surgery. Just know that you are one step closer to feeling better. One day at a time.......... helps me deal with living our life with this ill ness.
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