1. i was in for about
6 days, average is 4-5. If you can get someone to stay with you, that would be good, because you will be on pain pills and it can be dangerous to be alone.
recovery varies by person, i was doing fairly well about
4 weeks, but it can take up to a year to competly regain all your energy, i had regained enough to be able to do most things by about
8 weeks, but i would find that if went out side and did alot of yard work or soemthing i would need a nap.
2. i had a a full incision.
3.for the first 6 weeks you will need to eat low residue foods. Staying away from things like carrots, roast beef, lettuce, fresh fruits, anything hard to digest.
After the six weeks you can start adding a new food, like maybe one at breakfast and one at dinner, to see if you are gonna have problems, and which foods will give you gas. Like i found out that cheese sticks tend to get stuck, so i stay away from them or only eat one or two.
4.well i had to go back to the dr for my checkup one week after i came home, i wasnt worried about
leaving, except that i was nasty dirty, hadnt shaved my legs and was wearing horrible clothes, lol. Also for the first few weeks i didnt feel like going anyway, esp since i had my butt sewn up too, sitting was hard, and potholes and railroad tracks were murder!
But once that quit hurting as bad i was out and about
, i worried soem at first, but never too badly. I keep a change of clothes with me at all time, along with my sons change of clothes, bless him that kid throws up all the time! lol. anyway, once i realized you really couldnt see it and it didnt smell or anyting i was fine with it.
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-