Did you find a local surgeon....
I think everyone has done well explaining. I was in a lot of pain and am still having issues. I has some breathing issues post PACU and had to have narcan four times to get me to breathe better....that was the worst experience ever. I had the pain pump for three days and then IV dilaudud, neurontin, and motrin. I was on 4/7-4/18, then 4/20-4/24 with abscess. My surgery was on 4/13, so really for the surgery I was in 5 days, but should not have gone home quite yes since I was back two days later.
I felt this was a much more painful surgery than the TC......having a midline inscision was much more painful to me and everyone is right about the clear bag. It sucks.......I could not stand it and the opaque bags ar emuch better, but they have to visualize the stoma. I had trouble with mine working....it too almost four days and they actually had to put a catheter in it to help dilate it becuase it was so swollen.
I took 8 weeks off, but I may take 2 more. I am planning right now to go back June 8, but I just do not know if I am strong enough. Let us know how your appt goes.
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
Dx Anismus- Second opinion U oF M
Recommended at home biofeedback for 2 months, BUT before I could
Admitted with Small Bowel Obsruction April 4, 2009.
Suggested ileostomy April 12 with no resolution.
Loop ileostomy April 13, 2009 and still recovering.
Right abdominal abscess and hospitlilization April 20-24
Cleveland Clininc Surgery consult for kock pouch May 27 with Dr. Remzi (understudy of Dr. Fazio)
"The Greatest Healing Therapy is Friendship and Love"