I was in severe pain after my first colon surgery. I was a real mess! Needed 2 blood transfusions, had 2 tubes coming out of my hips that drained into two cups (nurses call them grenades?), that were pinned to my gown, I had 2 incisions to check, a temporary colostomy, my period came 10 days early and I had to wear a sanitary belt again. I was old enough to remember what a sanitary belt was (had to explain all of this to a young nurse).
Then I had well meaning friends and neighbors calling my room at all hours.
At one point I had what I call a mini-breakdown. I had the sweetest ET nurse. She let me cry, patted my hand and listened to me. My phone rang again, she asked if I wanted phone calls, I said no...not really. Done she said. She had my phone turned off. I could still call my husband but no one could call me - oh thank you I said! Then I explained that 5 friends that I have known since high school wanted to come and "have lunch with me".....well, I was still on ice chips! No bowel sounds yet. I was also minutes away from that awful pink sponge on a stick phase (until my vision cleared I thought it was a sucker but the mean nurses kept yanking it from my mouth!)......she marched out to the front desk and asked for scotch tape, a marker and large piece of paper. She posted a note that said - no visitors, inquire at the desk - I wanted to hug her but I was in so much pain. My door was closed. Closed! Again, I appreciated her stepping in to stop the madness for this patient.
Consequently, for my take down surgery 2 months later I told about
3 people I was having that surgery. Then when it was over and all my IBS-like fun (ha!) began, I was already at home, and no one was visiting. Friends and family all said - but we wanted to visit, you snuck into the hospital without telling any of us.
Oh yes I did!
Smartest thing I did in relation to all this medical "fun".....LOL
Now as a result I never, ever visit a patient in the hospital until I hear these words from the actual patient - I'm up for visitors, come visit.
You really do need rest and quiet when you're recovering from major surgery. This whole area of surgery is not a walk in the park!
So in a wordy way, boy do I ever agree with you!
- 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!
Post Edited (Marsky) : 3/8/2009 8:39:07 PM (GMT-6)