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   Posted 8/24/2009 5:43 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Everyone, I recently saw my surgeon who has agreed for me to go in and have a reversal done on 3rd week in nov But i'm not sure whether to go ahead with it or wait till after christmas. I have been weighing up the pro's and cons but just can't make up my mind At the beginning of Dec my mum will be 70 the day after i will be at a really important wedding and the day after that its my birthday! would i have recovered by then?On the other hand if i wait till Jan when i would of then had the bag a year and given my self an extra month and a bit to build myself up more but im due to start training to become a socialworker in Feb. I was just wondering which option would you go for if you were in my shoes? i just need some help with making this decision. thanks so much Bev x
Diagnosed with crohn's at 13 now 42
resection, right hemi 1993 In remmision from 93 till last sept with no meds or docs
2 resections small bowel  and fistula jan 09 and given temp stoma.  reversal sheduled for Nov09 Meds:Pentasa 500mg 3x day,  B12 shots, every 3 months, iron syrup,loperimide,folic acid, Back on citalopram 40mg (for Anxiety.)

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   Posted 8/24/2009 11:16 AM (GMT -6)   
If I were you, I would wait until I knew I would have plenty of time to recover without trying to rush anything. I still have an ostomy, so I don't know what the recovery time is like (except for other posts I've read), but I wouldn't want to plan something and assume I'd be well by that time. It took me a lot longer to recover than I thought it would. AND you have to factor in that you may have complications.
28 yrs. old. married with one beautiful daughter (born 11/20/07)
-diagnosed with severe pancolitis u/c 2002 had total colectomy 12/19/08; emergency surgery due to abscess-had to redo ileostomy and switch to left side 12/25/08; 2/15/09 found blood clot in superior mesenteric vein (prob. from inf. and surgery inflammation)
coumadin, prenatal vit.
(temporary ileostomy....maybe)

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   Posted 8/24/2009 8:14 PM (GMT -6)   
Make sure you have at least 4-6 weeks for recovery...you will have diet restrictions and your body needs some time to adjust to using itself again. You may be lucky and be fine from the getgo but if there is an adjustment time, it's best to rest and not have social engagements you'll be stressing over.

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   Posted 8/25/2009 12:17 PM (GMT -6)   
GIVE YOURSELF TIME. No one else will. You may miss all those parties and events, or feel really miserable at them like I have been.
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