maggie - time can move very slowly when you want it to speed up. How well I remember this internal, 24/7, pain you are experiencing. My initial colon resection/cancer surgery, gall bladder removal, creation of a temporary colostomy, took almost 5 hours. My surgeon jokingly called me the Blue Plate Special of that surgical day. Had the impression there were interns looking in on the surgery too. Lovely. It was also implied that when colon surgeons have a challenging surgery such as mine (my tumor was very low in the colon), they open you up, lift out your intestines and lay them aside on your stomach, while they work "below". When the resection is complete and finished, they "pack" you back up and replace your small and large intestines the way they were lying before surgery began. They can't always get things exactly the way they were before surgery but usually they do. Also when a surgeon touches the intestines, they shut down. For days. Everyone kept telling me that your intestines hate to be messed with. This is why every single time a nurse came in my room, she/he listened for active, good bowel sounds. To make certain things were progressing as they should.
All of this manipulation wreaks havoc on your GI tract. The work must be done though. And you do recover.
But it takes a lot of time to heal and recover.
I know you want to rush this but time is the beast here. The best you can do now is keep walking every day (we eventually bought a treadmill for this purpose). Other exercise might be out, but slow, steady walking really does help get you back on the road to recovery. Good nutrition, vitamins, etc. too. Lots of water also (6 glasses a day is ideal).
And well, curse it if you want - but time - really does the trick.
Hang in there.....
- Diagnosed with rectal cancer, April 1999 - Stage I, no treatment necessary
(5 hour colon resection: 90% sigmoid removed, 15 inches of colon removed, gall bladder removed, given temporary colostomy)
- Colostomy reversal, June 1999
- Left with IBS/D symptoms, multiple bm's every day
- On a low residue diet at least 75% of the time
- Takes Colace 50 mg each evening
All in all I do okay, I just use the bathroom A LOT! But I survived and beat cancer!