I want to echo the age factor. I bounced back from surgery fairly quickly. For ages 20 - 35 it can take as little as 3 weeks to return to normal. Ages 35-55 can take 6 weeks or more. My bowel movement happend on day 2.5 of of surgery.
Don't get me wrong my surgery was not fun and I wanted to lay in bed forever but during those first 10 days I had to really make myself get up and move around to feel better.
The amount of air that is pumped in the patient's stomach is scary and all that anaesthesia can really wipe you out for days. The surgeons have made incisions and moved around internal organs so your father will really feel horrible for awhile.
The one thing that everyone suggests to get rid of that yucky feeling is walking.
Also coughing out the anaesthesia and thinking positive.
You and the people that care about
him can really help motivate him to get out of bed and recover faster.
Give it another 3 weeks or so and things will get better for him.
The whole recovery process is not linear. Its more like an S curve with ups and downs. 2 steps forward and one step back but ultimately each day is progress.
31 years old + married with children.
Ulcerative Colitis cause: In early 2003 I took Accutane for 4 months, permanent side effect resulted in 1 year of abdominal cramping and bloody stools.
May 2004: Diagnosed with Left sided UC (should have never taken the dangerous drug known as Accutane).
May 2004- May 2009: Prednisone, Asacol and others meds that did not work well-Remicade was great for 16 months then stopped working.
May 8th-June 24 2009: Pancolitis- active chronic 2 month flare up.
June 24th 2009: elective colectomy/ileostomy at Barnes/Washington University.
August 2009: planned rectum removal and j-pouch construction.
October-November 2009: planned Reversal.
Summary: 5 years of suffering from Ulcerative Colitis, Anxiety and depression.
Post Edited (mikeman) : 7/14/2009 8:17:21 AM (GMT-6)