As you may know, I'm considering an ileostomy. I have been learning so much on this board and I thank you all for that. My next questions are about surgery:
1. How long did it take you to recover? How long were you in the hospital?
I live alone and am wondering how long I should have someone come stay with me for after the surgery.
2. What kind of incision did you have? I have read that some people are having a colectomy done laproscopically, which I didn't know was possible, but it sounds like it really cuts down on recovery time and I can see why.
3. How long was it until you were able to eat normally? (My "normal" is so skewed at this point that I don't even know why I'm asking this, lol)
4. How long was it before you felt comfortable leaving your house?
Thank you all so much in advance for all of your information. It really is invaluable to me right now.
28 Year old Female
Diagnosed with Crohn's Colitis March 2000
Recent possible diagnosis of IBS-D
Tried Meds: Asacol, Remicade, 6mp, Humira, Xifaxan, Apriso, Imuran, Rowasa Enemas, Colocort Enemas.
Tried Probiotics: Align (with no change except bloating) and VSL #3 DS (AWFUL diarrhea).
Currently on: 30mg Prednisone (Tapering SLOWLY from 40), Psyllium Seed Powder, Prenatal Vitamin, Vitamin B 12 Complex, Vitamin D/Calcium, Vesicare (for urinary retention).