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   Posted 10/16/2009 12:51 AM (GMT -6)   
My husband had surgery to remove his colon today.  It took a little longer than expected and he had to spend two hours in recovery.
But, he is doing extremely WELL!  YAY!
He had an epidural put in before surgery.  By the time I saw him in his room, he had no pain at all.  He wasn't even feeling the need to give an added dose of the epidural pain medication.
He had a very sore, dry throat.  But, he was allowed to have clear liquids, so water was helping with that.  The nurse said that later they were going to have him up and sitting in a chair.
When I first got to his room, he was just being wheeled in on his bed.  He looked quite pale.  But by the time I left, he had some good color in his cheeks.
Now, I'm just hoping he continues to do this well!

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   Posted 10/16/2009 1:25 AM (GMT -6)   
Best of luck...I will be praying for a speedy, unevenful, recovery!!!!! Send him our prayers! Hang in there!
Chronic Lifetime Constipation, Dx IBS-C for 7 yrs
Diagnosed Colonic Inertia-Oct 2007
Total Colectomy with ileorectal anastamosis- Jan 28, 2008
Ileus with suspected leak- Feb 1, 2008, ended with four abdomal abscessses and 2 drains
Diagnosed with small bowel Fistula- March 6 2008
Drains removed- End of March 2008
Continued Constipation- biofeedback for 3 mo Aug 2008, Dx Rectal Inertia (Anismus)
Admitted with Small Bowel Obstruction April 4, 2009 and emergency ileostomy 4/13
Re-admitted with abdominal abscess. Released 4/24
Cleveland Clinic twice for 3/4th referral. Anismus undetected (no medical explanation)
Retracted stoma-infection/skin breakdown.
Reversal re-scheduled- Oct 8, 2009.
"The Greatest Healing Therapy is Friendship and Love"

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   Posted 10/16/2009 2:57 AM (GMT -6)   
That's GREAT news!! :-) I'm so happy and am also praying for a speedy, uneventful recovery.

The more he can get up and walk the better. Walking helps to wake up the small intestines, and once he starts getting output into the pouch, he will feel so much better and will be able to start eating again!

Thank you so much for keeping us posted!

Dx'd Crohn's in '99 at age 28. Proctocolectomy and ileostomy in '06.
Disease-free and medicine-free since surgery and very thankful to be healthy again.

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   Posted 10/16/2009 7:51 AM (GMT -6)   
That's great news. We're praying he has a quick recovery and all goes well.

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   Posted 10/16/2009 8:29 AM (GMT -6)   
Hurray....that colon is gone!! Now it is on toward health! The next few weeks are not the easiest, but your husband will feel such relief to no longer have UC. I will give you the same advice that I gave Nutz. It is so important to WALK,WALK,WALK and CHEW,CHEW,CHEW. Nothing is better that walking to get the bowels moving again. Even though it is really hard at the beginning your husband needs to get up and move. The first day was a very short walk and at least 3 times, but very quickly we were told to walk for at least 10 minutes 6 times a the time it seems almost impossible but it can be done. As soon as food is allowed take it REALLY slowly even though your husband will be very hungry. Chewing is so important.

I am hoping that the next few days go well and that you are both feeling better.


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   Posted 10/16/2009 8:56 AM (GMT -6)   
Glad to hear the good news. Ditto to all the good advice above. hang in.
This heights by great men reached and kept, were not obtained by sudden flight, but they while their companions slept, were toiling upward in the night.
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Thyroid cancer removed 1988
Stomach problems finally figured out 2001 Crohn's/Colitus
Tried every drug without much success
Colon/rectal cancer removed Aug 2009

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   Posted 10/16/2009 8:59 AM (GMT -6)   
Fantastic! It will get better from here but do expect recovery to be 2 steps forward and one step backwards.........

dx proctitis in 1987
dx UC in 1991, was stable until 1998

1998 started prednisone, asacol, pentasa, nortriptylene, ativan, 6MP, rowasa enemas and suppositories, hydrocortisone enemas, tried the SCD diet, being a vegetarian, omega 3s, flax, pranic healing, yoga, acupuncture, probiotics

2000 lost all my B-12 stores and became anemic

2001 opted for j-pouch surgery- now living life med-free

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   Posted 10/16/2009 2:23 PM (GMT -6)   
YAY so glad to hear it went well!
UC for 8 years, before finally kicking its butt and having a permanent ileostomy April 17 2007! 
-I have gone to find myself, if i get back before i return, keep me here-

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   Posted 10/16/2009 6:35 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Glenda! I am so happy that things went well today! I was thinking about you guys all day:) Prayer is a very powerful thing! Now to make sure that he continues to do well... I know you said that he does not have pain which is great but he needs to make sure to stay on top of it when it does come- and it will! They will take the epidural out in a couple days so I will reiterate what Cathy said about making sure to walk as soon as possible. It is much easier to walk with the epidural than without:) The sore thoat is normal because of the breathing tube during surgery. Make sure he uses his little breathing device- the incentive spirometer. It helps open up the lungs and relieves gas pains as wells. Take care Glenda and send him my best!
Darlene "Nutz"
Diagnosed with Ulcerative Proctitis 1999, changed to Ulcerative Colitis 2002.  J pouch surgery Oct 5, 2009

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   Posted 10/16/2009 8:56 PM (GMT -6)   
My husband continues to do well in recovering from his colon removal surgery. The epidural is doing a great job in taking care of the pain. The only time he felt uncomfortable is when he had to get back into bed after sitting in a chair and walking.

He sat in a chair for about an hour and ate his "lunch" - clear liquids. Then he took a short walk to the door and out in the hallway. For dinner, he did the same thing.

However, he has developed a COMPLICATION - He has numbness in his left arm. His surgeon came and talked with us for a while. No one is sure WHY this has happened, but the surgeon's thought was that they have to turn a patient several times during this surgery. And, a nerve under the arm could have been stretched.

He has no feeling in the arm and has very poor motor control of the arm. A neurologist came and examined my husband. He had a CT scan done, which was clear. They can't do an MRI until the epidural is removed.

A TERRIFIC nurse came and talked to us about how to take care of the bag. My husband told her about his arm problem and how he could not empty the bag and re-close it with just one hand. She found a bag that has a little round plastic spout with a plug in it. With practice, he should be able to do that with just his right hand.

So, it's great that the colon area is healing well. But, it's disappointing to have this arm problem. However, the doctors are optimistic that with time, his arm will heal and be back to normal.

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   Posted 10/16/2009 9:04 PM (GMT -6)   
Good to hear his surgery went well, but sorry he is having probs with his arm. Hopefully that will be a minor setback and it will get better soon, thinking of you and hope for a speedy recovery, take care

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   Posted 10/17/2009 2:27 PM (GMT -6)   
hmmm, could the numbness be from the medication in the epidural?? I felt a little bit of numbness in my legs and thought maybe it was the "bupivicaine" (spelling) anesthetic in the epidural. do u know if there is an anesthetic in his epidural? mine was dilaudid and bupivicaine which caused severe itching. maybe when they take it out it will ease up? or if his pain control is good, they can lower the rate and see if that helps. good luck glenda! glad to hear his colon is healing well though...
Darlene "Nutz"
Diagnosed with Ulcerative Proctitis 1999, changed to Ulcerative Colitis 2002.  J pouch surgery Oct 5, 2009

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   Posted 10/19/2009 2:18 AM (GMT -6)   
The feeling is coming back into his arm. In fact, it's just his hand now that has the numb feeling. Hopefully, that will quickly fade too.

He has had his catheter removed. Also, the epidural was removed and he is now taking pain pills.

So, step by step, he is getting ready to come home!

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   Posted 10/19/2009 1:33 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi, Sooooooo glad everything went well with hubby's op hope you soon have him home wishing him a speedy recovery 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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