Help after first surgery!!!!

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   Posted 1/7/2009 7:57 PM (GMT -7)   
My husband had surgery on the 19th of December and is having "mucous" from his behind and it has been pretty steady and not too heavy... but today it has increased and he is feeling a little sick to his stomach.
Any thoughts?

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   Posted 1/7/2009 10:31 PM (GMT -7)   
I am sorry, but don't have any answers. I did want to welcome you to the site.
Is he running any fever? With the weekend coming up, and it continues, I would call the doctoe just to get some reassurance. Hope things go well. Keep us posted,
taking care of daughter w/ Crohn's since 12-04
MD's switched her diagnosis to Ulcerative Colitis 10-08
her medications: Remicade, imuran, benyl, levisin, humara, TPN (in hospital and home) home iv antibiotics
Multiple admissions for flares, sepsis
2 ports inserted/removed
Total Colectomy 11-11-08
revision of anastomosis 12-08
Temporary ileostomy 1-2-09
Thanks for all the support!

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   Posted 1/8/2009 3:26 AM (GMT -7)   
Like Amy said, a call to the doctor before the weekend rolls around is probably a good idea, just for reassurance if nothing else. Is he is pain? Is he nauseous? Is the mucous changing color? How much has the output increased? Is he running a fever? I would think these will be questions that they will ask, so be prepared with good answers for them.

Good luck and keep us upated...
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 1/8/2009 5:44 AM (GMT -7)   
Ostomywife--does your husband have a temporary ileo? If he does, mucous is normal, because the colon is still producing it and it has to go can be a pain, because you don't get any notice that it is coming...I hope that is the problem, and like the others said, if he is running a fever, call the doc!

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   Posted 1/8/2009 7:05 AM (GMT -7)   
Did he have a loop colostomy?
I'm new to this as well, colostomy on December 9th 2008, but was advised by my ET nurse that due to the type of colostomy (loop) I will have to deal with mucus from time to time.


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   Posted 1/8/2009 7:33 AM (GMT -7)   
Heeey =) I just had my temp. ileostomy surgery Nov.19 and im still connected to my bum. The ileostomy is just so that my insides can heal before my surgeon hooks me back up completely but she told me I would have mucous often. Thats completely normal! And I noticed that the night before last, I felt reallly nauseated and that night I had to get up 3 times to change my undies because they were wet from it leaking out of my bum. Like Ohio said, its a pain because I never know when its coming. BUT luckily I havent had any accidents in public. And when it does come out, its only like a few drops (unless its at night and thats when it goes crazy ..but not every night. Thats only happened twice) But if he's feeling sick Id call the doctor like everyone else said. Since we dont have our colon and thats where most of our immune system is, its really easy for us to get sick. And even though Ive had mine a month longer, my doctor still doesnt want me taking any medications or antibiotics just yet. So I hope its not anything serious for your husband. Hope he feels better soon!
17, SENIOR in high school
Dx with Ulcerative Colitis on March 18,2008
Tried what seemed like every medicine there is..nothing worked
Step1 Ileostomy on Nov.19,2008..waiting on Step2 =)
The past is history, the future is a mystery. Today is a gift, that's why it's called the present.

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   Posted 1/8/2009 7:54 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi... yes, he does have a temp. ileo and we knew there would be some mucous... but he just had a lot more yesterday and didn't know why.  Today he feels a lot better and everything has slowed.  He drank milk yesterday morning for the first time and we are wondering if that may be the cause??  He has never been lactose intolerant before... but who knows.  He didn't have a fever or anything. 

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   Posted 1/8/2009 8:52 AM (GMT -7)   
This is normal and is a sign of healthy tissue! I know it always shocks us as we aren't prepared for it. Don't be surprised if he sees blood too. That is also normal.

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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