My surgeries all took much longer than they normally do, so my first one was over 7 hours, too. I always have a hard time when I wake up. I fight a lot and am always in a lot of pain. I remember them telling me "keep your arms down" and I kept flailing around. My surgeon always called my husband to tell him I was awake and he would just laugh about how I acted. The pain is always under control within a few minutes, though. I always call people from the recovery room and then never even remember what I tell them or whether I even really called them. By the time I am moved to my room, I'm fine, though.
27/F Diagnosed with unspecified UC 11/08 (symptoms for over a year before)
Asacol, Prednisone, Remicade with no success--no remission for over 2 years
8/09 colonoscopy shows that the whole colon is affected
12/18/09 Removal of colon, creation of J-Pouch and ostomy; recessed stoma; 12/30/09 Takedown too soon; RV fistula;1/9/10 Second Ileostomy Surgery;
1/25/10 Stoma Revision Surgery; 3/30/10 Takedown again
6/9/10 Scope and Biopsy--Diagnosed with Crohns Disease
Flagyl 500mg (3/day), Prednisone 40 mg, Culturelle, D, B12, Iron (2/day),