Hey guys! Since my reversal on Mar 9, I have been doing great...that is up until about
a week or so ago...it started getting horribly painful and sore around the stoma site! I just thought I was doing too much. I also noticed a pretty big lump (small lime- sized) around the stoma site as well. I don't have to tell you how scared I was. My first thought was...HERNIA...AGAIN!!! I speculated and worried for a few days and then got sensible and went to see my surgeon. He initally thought I had perhaps popped a stitch and the bowel was poking through (hernia
) but he couldn't understand, if this was the case, why my bowels have been working so well. He sent me for an ultrasound right away and they discovered a collection of fluid (??) there...NO HERNIA!!!
. But what was this fluid?? He wasn't sure so he stuck a needle in my stoma site and aspirated it.
All that came out was some blood (not alot). He asked if I had bumped my belly hard (nope...but I remember one of my furbabies stepping on it awhile back and it hurt like the dickens...could this be what happened??). He thought that it was either a broken blood vessel or an abcess or both. He gave me antibiotics and I go back to see him on Tuesday....Meanwhile, yesterday I was just puttering around the house and looked down to see my whole belly soaked in blood!!! I was SO scared I totally panicked!! Thank God my husband was home, and is such a grounding source for me. It bled alot!! Right out the little hole where he had stuck the needle!! Once the bleeding slowed down I settled down as well. (I absolutely hate the sight of blood!!) It drained through the night (not alot) and is still leaking this morning. Now it is just watery-looking blood. The whole area is so much better!!! The soreness is now minimal and I actually feel better overall!! I guess whatever was in there just had to be released!! I probably should have gone into Emerg yesterday but firstly I was too scared to even move off the couch, and secondly, I just felt that it was the rest of the "stuff" he couldn't get out with the needle.
WHEW!! That has been my weekend so far!! I am always in the small minority of having the weirdest things happen!! It never fails!!!
I will let you know what the Dr says after my Tuesday appointment!!!
Other than this little setback....things are still working really well, and I am so happy I had the reversal done!!! Thanks for letting me share with y'all!!! ..........Cheryl
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