Just got back from 6 wk appt. after total colectomy

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   Posted 4/28/2009 4:23 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi all,
I had my 6 week checkup with my surgeon today; he says I'm completely healed and doing well.  I told him about the multiple bms everyday(about 20), and he said that's part of the game for now, but if I can take lomotil to slow them down (which I can), then just play around a little with the lomotil and try to make it work so I can leave the house, etc.  I've had more luck the last couple days, so it is definitely getting better.  He thinks in another 6 weeks  I'll notice even more improvement.  He's not doing any scopes, etc until July unless I have problems, because if I take fiber, the movements aren't as loose and they do come out, it's just more difficult.  He said since I can pass formed stool, I most likely don't have any blockages, etc.  I was concerned because if I take too much fiber, it's hard to get bm's out, but eventually I go, it just takes awhile.  He just said I may not need to take much fiber.
He asked me how much lomotil I have to take to make things slow down or stop.  I told him one lomotil will definitely slow things almost completely for several hours, and he said that if that's the case, he's almost sure I have some motility problems with the small intestine as well.  He said that when he performs a total colectomy on patients who have cancer but no problem with colon inertia, they often have horrible diarrhea problems and often have to take 6-8 tablets at a time to help them.  I hope the small intestine doesn't later cause more problems, but for now, I'm just thankful the lomotil is working.
One funny thing-- it seems like everytime I've been to the surgeon lately he's wanted to look at my rear end, so today I was lying on the table with one of those paper sheets over my bottom area, the doctor asked me to pull my pants down so he could see and feel my abdomen.  He said it looked great, was healed, etc, so I turned over to show him my rear end and he and his nurse started laughing and said he didn't need to see my rear end today!  I was so embarrassed and said "Oh, I just thought you wanted to look at my rear, you always do", he said "next time I won't disappoint you, I'll even do a scope on you"!
Anyway, that's where I am.  Today has been a good day, only have gone 3 times so maybe things are slowing down.....just hope things don't slow down too much!!!
Hope everyone else is doing well,

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Date Joined Mar 2008
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   Posted 4/29/2009 4:56 AM (GMT -6)   

Good news Janie.   I am 7 weeks post op this week.  however, my '6 week check' is not until end of May!  typical NHS have to wait so long for everything.  so it will be 12 weeks when i get checked which is when i am supposed to have the reversal.  i was hoping to be bagless by the summer - knowing the nhs it wont be til after. 

Hows it going with the food ?  Are you in a pattern of knowing what foods do what?  i thought i would try tinned fruit this morning, but it just made it like water and bloated me a bit.  i was hoping to start eating stuff like that again, as never could eat fruit because of the trapped air and bloating.  I think lots of foods and drinks will be restricted for me when i am reversed.  at least with the bag it doesnt cause much of a nuisance, unless you get so much air it blows up like a balloon which is not a nice look with a fitted t-shirt!  i produce lots of air.  do you?  i wake up with a bag ready to explode. 

 I do hope things continue to be good for  you yeah Janie.x

Karen 47 yrs
1997: Diagnosed IBS
2003: Pelvic floor repair surgery (rectocele/cystocele)
2006: STARR surgery for mucosal prolapse/Obstruction
2006: Diagnosed with slow transit constipation
2007: Sigmoid resection because of partial volvulus resulting in immediate colonic inertia
15 JANUARY 2009: scheduled for T/C
12 FEBRUARY 2009 - Re-scheduled T/C- (postponed as the Professor is away)
Loop Ileostomy - Due for reversal around June 2009

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   Posted 4/29/2009 5:43 AM (GMT -6)   
sounds like your dr's appt went really well Janie. i'm so glad things have been going better for you in the last couple of days.. yeah!! how're the nights doing? well i have a sort of a feeling that you don't want me to get discouraged and all, but don't worry, you can tell me the truth, i won't freak out lol.. i promise.

i just so want you all to feel good and healthy again and after so many miserable yrs of suffering, to finally have the quality of life that y'all deserve!!

i hope and pray you all continue to do well.

one thing is for sure, i'm not gonna roll over for no dr, unless i'm asked to.. lol

06/05/2007 - STARR procedure 
colonic inertia w/ pelvic floor dysfunction

Post Edited (2b ColonFree) : 4/29/2009 4:48:36 AM (GMT-6)

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