Karen, CONGRATS on your kids' weddings! i'm so happy for you and your family!
thanks so much for responding. you don't post much, so i always assume you're just doing good, but sounds like things are not so simple for you either. actually, i was under the impression you were happy with your loop ileo and wish to keep it, but guess i was wrong. i can't believe your NHS is putting you off for SO long, it's truly upsetting. but i think you should schedule a head already, so maybe till the weddings are over, your date for reversal will arrive..? set an appt to the surgeon now. if you do have the reversal, i hope it works for you.
i'm kinda hopeless, cuz i don't have faith that there will be much to do with me to improve my issues esp after a surgery like this, and as far as i understand from all of you who have an ileostomy, it's not that simple either, you too also have your struggles with blockages and stuff. i just don't see there's a real good way out of this miserable condition. i hope i'm wrong and we can all feel good some day.
ppl can't see that im depressed, i don't really show it, but i just cry when i'm by my self, i just feel helpless and hopeless as to being cured ever from this dreaded intestines broblems. it controles my life and i don't see the light at the end of the tunnel. i should just go to the dr already.
i have an appt to see my internist this monday to discuss champix and how to quit smoking, but just 2 days ago i've read that one of the side affects of this drug is depression...... and the dr on that forum said if someone already have some depression then he shouldn't use this drug :( so for someone like me, who already have depression, it's not a good idea and now i don't know how am i going to manage quit smoking if i can't take this drug. anyway, maybe there's a different drug i could try.
Karen, love you old friend!! and i do hope that there are much much better and brighter days a head of you SOON! you're such a compationate and caring person and i think you deserve to be happy!! wishing you all the best always!!
KC, to answer you questions, i felt ready to go back to work after 5 weeks, but couldn't cuz it was the holidays here in israel, so i could go back when they were over, which was exactly 2 mons post op. i got out of the house for hrs after 4 weeks and had full controle when i felt the urge to go till i find a b/r. for me the stools was formed most of the time already in the 2nd week post op. i would have a liquid bm once or twice a day, but even with liquid bms i still had full controle. the best way to know if your rectal muscles are working right is to ask your dr to do a manometry test or even an EMG test before the surgery. do you have controle issues now?
Rosemary, HAPPY BIRTHDAY GIRL!! dancing with a cute guy sounds like a nice way to celebrate ;)
hope you're all having a nice weekend!
06/05/2007 - STARR procedure
colonic inertia w/pelvic floor dysfunction
08/16/2009 - total colectomy w/ileorectal anastomosis