Woo Hoo Reversal on Monday! That is great. I am 5 weeks post my reversal. Here are some things that I have learned...
1. Butt Creams! I had my bag for 2 years and my butt was not used to being 'used.' It is very sore and bleeds from being raw. I have all kinds of butt creams that keep stool from touching my skin.
2. Diet! Don't eat anything that stimuates your system. I still do not have an appitite after surgery. I have to remind myself to eat b/c my stomach is still healing and it does not mind my brain to eat. Try to eat bland. Today I had a toasted turkey sandwich with light lettuce and mustard with a 1/2 yogurt.
3. Stay Hydrated! Drink Gatorade. After my reversal, I was going to the bathroom a lot. This is dehydrating. You need to keep hydrated. I noticed that even though I did not feel thirsty, my lips were cracking and bleeding. My body needed fluids!
4. Pain Meds are Bad! If possible, try not to use pain medications. They SLOW your gut and retard your healing process (not to mention they are addicting and withdrawl is awful). My surgeon came into my room 24 hours after my surgery and asked me if I could go w/out the medications and attempt walking. I kept the pain medications for 36 hours and then told the nurse not to give me anymore. She removed my pain pump and that was that. It hurt awful! But today I ran 3 miles because I allowed my body to heal faster and better than most.
5. WALK, WALK, WALK! Yes, it's painful. No, you wont want to do it...but do it anyway. You're a young man, you can do this! I just kept telling myself, "I got this!!" I walked 5-10 minutes right after surgery and then walked a little everyday.
6. Listen to your body! Don't eat before you're ready. Don't stress if you're not able to accomplish everything you want after surgery. All things will come in time. Be patient.
7. Don't be afaid to take a bath! A hot warm bath will feel like heaven to your butt if you have butt burn. I was living on the toilet and in the bath tub for the first 4 weeks. My family always knew where to find me - in the bathroom!
8. Lose Clothing - bring elastic pants/shorts to the hospital to wear home. You're not going to want to have anything tight around your incision or where your stoma used to be.
Congrats on your surgery. Please keep me posted once your out.
Revised Coletomy/ Reset Anastimosis 2006
Revised Colectomy/ Obstructions 2005
Sub-total Colectomy 2001
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