Wade - Interesting! Very interesting! I have PCOS which puts me at risk for diabetes. I ballooned to 265 and have lost 10 slowly with the help of weight watchers... but there is SO MUCH that I cannot eat! I know it'll take a while to get back to eating..but my hope is that it will put a normal spin on life to allow me to lose the weight.
I woke up in fear this morning..but eventually resolved to being fine with my decision yet again...this HAS to be the right step in the right direction.
If you do go though with the surgery.. I want to warn you of this. that when you get into post-op after the surgery. when you first wake up after the anastesia wears off. You are going to experience the worst kind of pain you can possibly imagine. This won't last long. perhaps a minute or so until the post-op nurse gets morphine into you. it will go away FAST.
You wil have a morphine pump attached to you DO NOT BE AFRAID TO USE IT. It will be there for a day or so. after that you won't need it
Tha was the worst part of the entire procedure. Most hospitals will allow one person to be with you all the way up to pre-op and the prep you wil get just before going into the OR.
BY the way.. the operating room does NOT look like the ones on TV :) You'll be helped to lay down on the table and there will be several people there .. besides your surgeon. They'll be doing things to make you comfortable and they'll talk to you .. as you'll be a bit apprhensive. After a few minutes the anastegeologist... whom you'll meet in pre-op will put you to sleep... it's fast.. and you'll be off in dreamland.. I really don't remember how long it all lasted. But I do remember waking up in post-op and the pain. which was taken care of quckly. And then you'll be wheeled back to your room..
You'll wake up with IVs.. pumps and all kinds of things still plugged in you. You'll be told to start doing breathing exercises to get your lungs to work fully again. It is like your entire body has been put to sleep and everything has to wake up.. This take a few days, and you'll be fine. Expect a liquid diet for a little while. and also soft food. Don't be in a hurry to eat steak and potatoes :) give your body a chance to recover...
Once most of the 'gear' that they put in you is taken out in a day or two. Walk around your room. Build your muscles back up. It all comes back pretty quickly. The UC is gone.. you're cured. And after a few days you'll be discharged....
The bag is another issue. You're going to have issues with it because you're not used to changing it. Yes, they teach you at the hospital. but that don't mean you really understand how to do it.. Expect to waste a lot of bags and material until you can manage to change it yourself. But you will.. learn how to do it yourself, rather than ask someone else. They might not be there if you have to change it in an emergency if it's leaking..
Remember.. it's just poop.. I have the cleanest hands in Atlanta :) LOL I'm constantly washing them..
And if you have questions. ASK ASK ASK.. don't be afraid to..
Good luck !!!