Don't have much time to post bc it's already 11 & I have to get up early. Got great news from my dr; even though I do have a stone, it's in an area where it's unreachable and shouldn't break loose. It has actually been there for over a year so unless it comes loose it's there to stay. It was nice to finally say "I hope we don't see each other again!" though we will for yearly follow-ups:). He does want me to see my surgeon for adhesions bc he feels I have many from my colectomy as I grow scar tissue VERY quickly (just from one of my kidney surgeries in July, someone injured my shoulder & by the fall it had frozen.) I also have a couple of hard marble sized lumps in my stomach right now that my PT thinks may be adhesions but to keep an eye on them in case they grow; it's always something!!!!
Lizzie-Don't worry about calling, we will catch up with each other when the time is right. As for c-diff, it might be a good idea to get screened, especially if your output continues. When I had such a severe case last year, even sips of water would cause massive output; I output was so extreme that within two days it would just flow out of my body if I dozed for 15 min. I went downhill extremely fast and had severe abdominal pain. This all started the day after my kidney stone extraction when the dr over medicated me, I started with abd. pain & 5 episodes of D the following day I was released from hospital even though I told them I was having D & abd. pain, dr said it was part of surgery ( I had nephrostomy tube) vomited 4xs on way home by following day severe pain & extreme output. Had CT, they said colon was dying (only have 2 in. left & needed emerg. surgery) luckily I went to my GI where he scoped me & sent me admitted me where I tested + for c-diff. If I had gone to original dr I would have had the rest of my colon removed needlessly. Instead I dealt with months of c-diff & a year of 12 kidney surgeries but LIFE IS GOOD!
and LIZZIE WILL make it through ALL of this!!!!!!!! We are ALL praying for YOU LIZZIE
Tracy-Hugs and prayers are with you; Love you:)
Val-Most have colorectal surgeons and prefer them due to other issues that may arise. I personally had one & wouldn't go to him again if he was the last dr on earth but I have had sooooooo many drs until I FINALLY found ones who 1) knew what they were doing & 2) treated me like a human being. I've traveled 6 hrs to a GI and my final one is 3 hrs away as is my surgeon (general-has been voted one of the top in the nation) & my urologist. For the past year my husband stayed in my hospital room, before that he stayed in hotel rooms at the hospital rate , the hospital also has apartments available for a cheap rate that we have used for the days after my releases so we don't have to travel home.
So yes I have a general surgeon and no I haven't had ANY complications from my surgery:) My surgeon does things very different than most on here, he's quite aggresive with his plan of care so even though I never got to my room until 1 am following my colectomy the next evening he came in & said I have a choice either MOM or an enema to wake up the bowels, of course I chose the MOM & things started that night, by day 2 I was started on softs then solids & went home after 5 days with an open surgery.
Sooooo, if you have found a surgeon (colorectal or general) you have research and trust, go with him/her and trust your gut instinst. If you have been going through all this crap for a long time you know drs so you can pick the good ones right away. Also, make sure you get the NG tube in the OR, mine was in for just a day but you definitely don't want it put in later ( not a fun thing:(!!
Ok-it's really late now; I love to write more to all of U but I have to et to bed.
Am always prayings for you and your health.
Love, peace & prayers to all,