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Allison77
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   Posted 12/5/2009 1:12 PM (GMT -7)   
I did it! I had the colostomy surgery on the 23rd of Novemeber with a total rectum removal.
Surgery on Monday went well. I woke up around 6ish with more tubes then I thought I had places to put them! Tuesday was amazing, I was sitting up in bed and on cloud nine. Since I have severe Crohn's and am a vegetarian my hemoglobin was low and I had to do a 2 bag blood transfusion. I ended up having a serious reaction to the transfusion and to top it all off, my epidurl stopped working, so less then 24 hours after surgery I had NO pain medication to help me. It was a tense few hours on Tuesday night which saw my husband not leaving the bedside and yelling more then a few obsentities to the nurses who didn't do anything for 2 hours, and a father in law who must have run back and forth to the washroom to get me a cool damp cloth about 200 times.
I was set back about 2 days becuase of all the stuff that happened. I only needed the patient pain control button until Friday, then I was taken off it and had shot's of morophine. I was up and about on Saturday and was released on Wednesday.
I had a bit of a scare the last few days because Oscar wasn't producing any stool but with plenty of prune juice (ick!!) and water and a stool softener, I managed to have to empty him 3 times last night. Then I was worried because it was mostly water during one episode, he settled down over the night and now im on the couch with my Pug's, watching the True Blood tv series and watching Edmonton deal with 2 feet of snow in 24 hours. I am SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO HAPPY.
-Allison
RX Crohn's 1999, over 30 surgeries, 3 strokes, still kickin!!
 
"The most unfortunate thing that happens to a person who fears failure is that he limits himself by becoming afraid to try anything new."


summerstorm
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   Posted 12/5/2009 8:47 PM (GMT -7)   
YAY!!!! Im so glad you are healthy now!!!
Isnt it awesome???
Since you are a vegetarian, you probably eat a lot of fresh fruit and vegetables. Something i suggest is at first, eat very small amouts andstart out with cooked ones, with no skins. But also eat a little bit of bread if you eat say a salad or something. That just seems to help it move. Jsut until you get farther out from surgery.
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-


Allison77
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   Posted 12/6/2009 4:22 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks Summerstorm! Im still so new that im crying over every little thing and wondering if I made the right decision though I know deep down that I did.
Im so tired still and achey and sore where the drains were, though the colostomy itself dosen't hurt at all! yay! It's wierd that my bum is all sewn up, I actually grew a set of cajones this morning and took the hand mirror to see what was happening back there. Honeslty, it's not as bad as I thought. I figured I would look like Marilyn Manson (all uni-bumish), but it's sewn further in and I still have most of the crack. Wow, weird writing this down. Ok, now im crying again. I didn't sleep well last night, so maybe all the water works is stemming from that. Otherwise, thanks for the food info!!!
-Allison
RX Crohn's 1999, over 30 surgeries, 3 strokes, still kickin!!
 
"The most unfortunate thing that happens to a person who fears failure is that he limits himself by becoming afraid to try anything new."


summerstorm
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   Posted 12/6/2009 6:58 PM (GMT -7)   
LOL you know i have never looked at mine, to see what it looks like. I never eventhought about doing that.
When you get sad about it or wonder if you did the right thing, try to think of something you couldnt do before surgery and remind yourself that you CAN do that now! that helps a ton!
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-


Equestrian Mom
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   Posted 12/7/2009 6:40 AM (GMT -7)   
Just remember you had surgery and sometimes we have to take two steps forward and one step back...and remember what summerstorm said about thinking about the positives to your surgery. You may not feel it now, but there are SO MANY things you will do that you never could have before surgery!!!! Glad you are home:)

Just take it easy now and enjoy the snow from inside where it is warm:)

Chasblah
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   Posted 12/7/2009 6:24 PM (GMT -7)   
That's great! The good news: It gets even better!
Chassity
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)
i only take vitamins now, when I WANT to. :)
(temporary ileostomy....maybe)

"Things turn out the best for those who make the best of the way things turn out."


flchurchlady
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   Posted 12/9/2009 9:18 PM (GMT -7)   
Allison,

Every day does get better, I promise! Just take it one day at a time and make sure to get plenty of rest, since our bodies do the most healing while we're sleeping. I'm glad you gave Oscar a name. He's your friend and wants you to be healthy. :-)

Take care,
Cecilia (and my stoma, Paloma)
Dx'd Crohn's in '99 at age 28. Proctocolectomy and permanent ileostomy in '06.
Disease-free and medicine-free since surgery and very thankful to be healthy again.


vette guy
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   Posted Yesterday 2:46 AM (GMT -7)   
On a side note......what's the deal with True Blood?  It's gotten kinda wierd!
 
Bring back The Sopranos!!!

Allison77
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Date Joined Feb 2005
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   Posted Yesterday 10:12 PM (GMT -7)   
LOL @ vette guy!....I haven't watched any of the second season yet, us here in Canada are behind on HBO show's, so if we really want to see a show, we rent the DVD of the season and if we really like it we buy the DVD. I really like the show but as a die hard Sookie Stackhouse fan, Im finding some of the characters in the show aren't really true to the books and the show dosen't really follow the books. Im currently reading the last book and it has gotten pretty weird, fairies and other dimensions and all that jazz. Oh well, it's escapisim right??
-Allison
RX Crohn's 1999, over 30 surgeries, 3 strokes, permanent colostomy and rectum removal.
 
"The most unfortunate thing that happens to a person who fears failure is that he limits himself by becoming afraid to try anything new."


summerstorm
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   Posted Today 9:08 AM (GMT -7)   
do they not show those shows online?
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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