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   Posted 6/21/2010 10:42 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey Everyone I am finally out of the hospital after 7 days in the hospital I came home on 6-18. My surgery was a success. I had a few problems. My surgery lasted 4.5 hours and they did it lap and open but my scar is only 6 inches long. When I first woke up it was 8 hours later, I woke up in my room. I had a epidural and no NG Tube thank god.. I really don't rember the first 3 days because I was getting pain meds every 2 hours with my epidural. On my 4th day I started having swelling in my left hand about the size of a baseball  at the same time my thighs and legs were the size of ballons, so they took out my epidural thinking I was having a reaction to it but I still was swelling more. After that I kept blowing the IV's I had 3 in my left arm and hand so I had to get a pic line in my right upper arm and then they took out the other iv's in my left arm and hand and the swelling went away and they thought I had a reaction to the iv's. Then after my pic line was in my right hand swelled up but after changing the tape the swelling went down so I am allergic to adhesive. The next problem was the swelling in my legs the thought I had a blood clot and had to have sonogram to check but no blood clot. Then they thought I had a ilius and had to have xray but no ilius and I started with my bowel movements 15 of them. Anyway I have been pain free since day 5 and I am feeling pretty good. I have about 6-8 bowel movements now and it seems to be slowing. I have been eating  a little more each day and seem to be getting more strength each day. I am trying to walk around more each day.  Thank you everyone for all your prayer and thoughts.
                                                            dianna turn

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   Posted 6/22/2010 5:41 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Scoobydoo,

Glad to hear that your surgery was a success. Can you share what kind of surgery you had?
And do you have UC?

I'm a survivor and I have the battle scare to prove it."

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   Posted 6/22/2010 8:44 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Renee, I had a total colectomy and had my small intestine connected to my rectum so no ostomy. I have colonic inertia. When my doctor did the surgery he said my colon was twisted behind my pancreas. I have had ci for 10 years but no doctors I saw wanted to do anything but give me more laxitives and different meds but, now I am doing very well I have not felt this well in a long time.


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   Posted 6/22/2010 10:52 AM (GMT -6)   
congrats on a successful surgery!!
Diagnoses: Appendicitis, Terminal Ileitis, Crohn's, Celiac Disease, IBS-C, Chronic Constipation, Colonic Inertia, Rectocele, Anismus
Tests: 2 Colonoscopies, 2 CT scans, Sitzmark Test, Anorectal Manometry, Food Allergies, Thyroidism, Pudental Nerve Study, Defacogram, SMART Pill, Electromyogram, Celiac Panel, Small Bowel Study, Gastric Emptying Study - Solids
Tried: Pentasa, exercise, diet changes, pro-biotics, mineral oil, vitamins, laxatives, stool softeners, Miralax, Amitiza, anti-depressants, fiber supplements, water enemas, Fleet enemas, suppositories, mineral oil, phenergan, Zofran
Atlanta, GA

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   Posted 6/22/2010 11:21 AM (GMT -6)   
so glad to hear the surgery was a success and that you're feeling so much better now!! i wish you all the best!!


06/05/2007 - STARR procedure

colonic inertia w/pelvic floor dysfunction

08/16/2009 - total colectomy w/ileorectal anastomosis

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   Posted 6/22/2010 2:04 PM (GMT -6)   
YES! Good to hear this. Rosemary
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