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.
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."