Can you believe it? I'm finally home!!! It's amazing! My doctor did a CT scan and it was pretty normal so she let me come home last night, however, I still have my JP drain. They were going to let me out on Friday night, but I had been having the most excruciating stomach cramps you could ever imagine all day. The doctor couldn't find any reasons for them and none of the meds wore helping the pain. She didn't want to give me too many meds because she was hoping to send me home. So, they did another CT scan on Saturday and then I recevied a phone call from the on-call doctor that it was ok for me to go home. By this time the cramps were nearly gone so I decided it must be ok and I went home last night.
It feels so good to be back home! I slept in my own bed last night for the first time in over a month! I still have my JP drain, they just clamped it off, but other than that, no big deal. I'm finding it much easier to deal with this JP drain than I did with the "bag". They also still have me on the fentanyl patches for pain which really help a lot. Oh, and they set me up with Home Health Care. I'll have a nurse come out once a week and also a psychologist (not sure how often he/she will be here) just to help me adjust. I was sort of scared of coming home because every time I came home before, I ended up back in the hospital. The nurse is coming in to answer my questions and just to be there for me sort of as a representation of the hospital. She'll be able to answer all my questions. Don't you hate it when it's late at night and you have a question and you won't be seeing your doctor for a week? I'll be having my nurse come in or I can just give her a call.
I especially like the psychologist part too. I've been "away" from my normal life routine for four months now and for some reason I don't feel motivated to "jump" back into it. I mean, yes I want my life to be back to normal, but I'm not quite sure how to get there. Does the make sense.
Well anyway, I'm sorry this was so long. But it is GOOD NEWS!!!! I couldn't be happier unless all my friends on here were healed and well right now too. Thank you for all the prayers, they'll definitely going straight up from me for all of you. I couldn't have done this without you.
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
Total Colectomy - September 22, 2008
Take Down Surgery Scheduled - December 15, 2008
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