Welcome Kristin and Linda!!!
First off Lindsay...I miss you and need you SOOO bad :) We need to set up a time to chat. According to him this is the LAST before more surgery.
Ok, anyways, to try and answer some of your questions.
This is based on my experience, which was not mormal, but can still help.
I was in the hospital 9 days the first time after my TC. I am not going to lie, I have never felt so bad and felt like I had been hit by a truck. I work up with a pain pump going....I was on this for three days. Its very important to WALK....even the next day after surgery. You do not want to develop a post-op ileus as I did and which is what cause my 9 days and 3 NG tubes. So....WALK! WALK WALK! and set a goal each day for how many laps or whatever you want to do. Bring bigger than normal comfy clothes and studd easy for the IV to get at. You may have some incontinence when your bowel wakes up and the hospital usually just has massive pads, but you can bring your own. Bring an ipod or laptop. You can expect to be there at least 4 days minimum and that is low. You will not be able to lift over 10 lbs for 6 weeks after surgery. I was on a low residue diet after D/C for 4 months, but then again I had complications. Most can resume normal eating after you hit the reg diet in hospital. You will start out NPO until you have bowel sounds, then soft, the, reg and it all depends on how you handle it.
Most are back to work in 8 weeks, i was out for 4 months nearly. You will not feel normal for almost three months at least. You will have way less energy and little things will tire you out. I had some post-surgery blues.....this lasted about 3 months for m,e but then again I had complications. Once you start feeling better you can resume all normal activities. I was able to workout and do situps with no problem at all as soon as my complications cleared and I had energy.
In my little honeymoon of feeling well...I felt the best I ever had in 8 years. I was working out and eating whatever. I do not regret having this surgery for one minute EVER!!! Do not look at me and think its going to happen to you. I am that 5 %......you girls will be fine and you will get you lives back. You will start out with watery stools about 15 times a day esp after eating, but not in large amounts and the more food you eat esp with fiber they will slow down. The avg without a colon per my surgeon is 3-5 bm's a day and I do believe they become of normal consistency. You will go home on some type of pain meds, but you will not need them for long. I went back to work with a belly binder. I am a nurse and on my feet and needed the stability. Hmmmm.....what else. Bring lots of underwear just in case, treaded socks for walking or slippers, a robe if you like them, your own pillow and blanket, own toilet paper, stuff to read, phone charger, spme of your own foods, hard candies or mints, shampoo.conditioner, razor, etc Hope some of this helps. I wish you guys the best.
Chronic Lifetime Constipation
Diagnosed IBS-C 2000
Diagnosed Colonic Inertia-Oct 2007
Total Colectomy with ileorectal anastamosis- Jan 28, 2008
Ileus with suspected leak- Feb 1, 2008
Four abdominal abscesses- Feb 2008
2 JP drains- Feb 2008
Diagnosed with small bowel Fistula- March 6 2008
Drains removed- End of March 2008
Continued Constipation- biofeedback for 3 mo Aug 2008
Botox injections Dec. 17 2008
Currently Diagnosed with Anismus and getting second opinion
@ U of M March 30
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