Wow - Thanks Mary!! That is such great info and I really appreciate you taking the time to write back. My resection was really low, close to the rectum. They only took away about 2 inches, just enough to do the resection. My ileostomy is very high so I have had only fluid in my pouch the whole time. But that's not relevant. I liked your tip about bringing good shoes to the hospital - it reminded me that I hate that stupid slurping sound my slippers make and that I vowed to bring real shoes the next time!! I've walked a lot after my other surgeries so I'll do even more as you suggest.
Now I'm hopeful again that the recovery may not be as bad as I feared. I can work from home so I really should not stress about that. It's just that my job requires a lot of travel and I'm so anxious to get back in the game. But my first trip will be somewhere warm and sunny - a reward for getting that physical 2 years ago and following through with all the scary stuff that followed. I'll call it my "dodged the bullet" celebration trip !!
Thanks again, and Happy Valentine's Day. Connie
June 09 - hysterectomy due to pre-C cells on Cvx. Complications during surgery due to adhesions....resulted in nicked bowel
July 09 - massive infection due to nick. Hospitalized 3 weeks, all antibiotics and drains failed. Temp Ileostomy placed as last resort.
Jan 4/10 - bowel resection to remove damaged section
Feb /10 - flexible sigmoidoscopy confirmed resection healed perfectly
Feb 5/10 - first follow up to screen for evil pre-C cells, results in 4 weeks
Mar 1/10 - scheduled ileostomy reversal !!! Yahoo :)
June/09 - present...forever grateful for this forum and all members !!