? about my ng tube from my 14 year old babygirl..help me answer her PLEASE

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   Posted 3/27/2009 10:54 PM (GMT -6)   
This is probably the silliest ? I have asked thus far since my surgery....I had surgery on jan 7 to remove a cyst in which my surgeon knicked my colon during this very simple procedure....anywho,.....5 days later i had emergency colostomy surgery where I had paritinus and 5 days of backup bile in my abdomen.....In August, I am going to have my reversal surgery....my daughter who challenges me everyday with her ?s, asked...., shes 14 and an honor student ...anyway....SHe asked if i would have the tube up my nose in august when i have my reversal....and I really didnt know how to answer that...I thought I had read on the forum that I would.....She told me that was the hardest thing for her was 2 see me with the ng tube....She said, and i didnt realize this at all, that brown liquid ran out the tube.....I know i had drains around my lungs and pancreas...adn had another abcess deep in my abdomen wall which they couldnt insert a drain without puting me to sleep.....Anyway the ? she ask.....Mom was that brown stuff poop coming from your stomach....What is the best answer to give her....I really dont know the answer.....I know i had alot of bile in my system...PLEASE SOMEONE help i feel rather stupid at the moment....kim /Maggie
Maggie in tennessee....coping

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   Posted 3/28/2009 8:43 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Maggie...I had my reversal surgery on March 9th.  I came home from hospital on the 12th.  I didn't mind this surgery as much as the original one to place the ileostomy.  I didn't have any drains or tubes with this surgery at all!  Just the regular catheter and IV for fluids and meds.  They controlled my pain very well with demerol injections for a couple of days and when I came home I had a prescription for percocet.  I only took them for a few days and got rid of them as I didn't like the way they made me feel.  I am doing really well after the reversal, and am so excited to be back to my original plumbing again.  Hopefully you will sail through it as well.  I hope I answered your question for you.....cheryl

Hysterectomy 1998
Diagnosed IBS 2000
Vaginal Prolapse Surgery 2001
3 Hernia Repairs, 2004
Repeat Vaginal Prolapse Surgery 2006 (the mesh from previous prolapse surgery had let go and fallen into my bowels)...
Removal of mesh from bowels (it was piercing holes all through my bowels and appendix and cecum, causing 2 fistulas and heavy bleeding vaginally and rectally)...mesh was removed, two pieces of large bowel removed and resectioned with a loop ileostomy. 2008
I have underlying connective tissue disorder (Ehlers Danloss Syndrome) which is the reason for the two failed surgeries)
Ileostomy Reversal March 9/09

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   Posted 3/28/2009 9:22 AM (GMT -6)   

I don't think there is anyway to predict whether or not you will have an Ng tube for your second surgery.  I didn't have one for either of my surgeries but patients on my floor who had the same surgery as I had the Ng tube.  Go figure.



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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   Posted 3/28/2009 1:45 PM (GMT -6)   

This is her daughter...

So... Uh... Was it poop?


P.S. Thanks for helpin my momma.(:

Maggie in tennessee....coping

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   Posted 3/28/2009 1:51 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks so much for your answers....the inquizitive 14 year old still wonders...lol...im just glad she is so interested in my recovery....She always has questions....and im proud of her....kim  Ps. an honor student and winner of the science fair and the community award winner....goes to opryland hotel in two weeks to compete...and I missed january and february of her activites...but life will be what it is meant to be....I pray for a good reversal...however if god wants me to have my sidekick i call her precious....(my bag) then i will have it.....Im lucky to be around to see my daughter grow up and acheive her goals in life.......THANKS AGAIN FELLOW FORUM MEMBERS>>>>U ALL ARE GREAT>>>>>

Maggie in tennessee....coping

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   Posted 3/28/2009 4:27 PM (GMT -6)   

Kayla, NO it's not poop...it's all the stomach "juices" that could make your mom sick.  If they aren't removed they could cause vomiting. 

It's nice of you to be so concerned for your mom!  My daughter is 14, too, and has always been a good caregiver for me post-op :-)    Keep up the good work in school!!!!

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   Posted 4/4/2009 11:07 PM (GMT -6)   
I had an NG tube placed after 2 of my 3 surgeries (a few days afterwards), for about a day each. Yes, they are your stomach juices and anything else left in the digestive tract before surgery. Anytime they operate or touch your intestines, they go to sleep, and can stop working temporarily called an ileus. If this happens, basically you have a traffic jam in your intestines and everything backs up to your stomach. Your stomach doesn't like this stuff in it and makes you vomit it out. If you vomit, you risk the chance of this stuff getting into your lungs and causing an infection. To prevent this, they stick an NG tube up your nose and into your stomach to suck this stuff out. It was not a pleasant experience. If your intestines wake up quickly and you don't go to solid foods too fast, you should be able to avoid the NG tube all together after surgery.
Age 0 to 30 - 100% healthy, no meds, no doctor visits, no hospital stays
Oct. 2006 - Symptoms of UC began
3/5/2007 - Diagnosed with UC - Severe Pancolitis
20mg-40mg/day Prednisone, 4.8 g/day Asacol - didn't work at all
10/12/2007 - Steroid Induced Osteoporosis from Prednisone and Anemic
add Actonel (75mgx2 pills/month) and daily iron pills
2/12/2008 - open Subtotal Colectomy with Temporary Ileostomy Surgery
8/05/2008 - Unexpected surgery to remove blockage caused by scar tissue
11/20/2008 - J-Pouch + Reversal Surgery - Now living happily ever after!!!
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