Ileostomy Take Down - just got home from the hospital

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   Posted 6/26/2010 1:53 PM (GMT -6)   
I had my ileostomy take down on Thursday and I just got home from the hospital about an hour ago. So excited and blessed not to have the "bags" anymore. I had been struggling with the ileostomy bag over the last 6 wks. My husband made a phone call to my doctor on Monday and they had me back in the hospital on Tuesday afternoon. The were doing the barium enema to check for any possible leaks on Wednesday and I had the surgery on Thursday and I came home today (Saturday). I was so surprised to be able to come home this quickly especially before actually having a "BM". But once I got home I had a small "BM" and was so excited, it's been 8 mths. Never been so excited to have a "BM".

Just wanted to know about any info any of you may have on what I should expect now. They didn't give me any eating/diet restrictions just told me to take stool softeners, Miralax or MOM if needed and I should be good to go. I do still have a LPA drain for about a week to drain any fluids from my wound.

Thanks for any info and for all of the previous info all of you have given me over the past few months.
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Exploratory surgery Sept/2009 after having "female issues", the doctor found a diverticula abscess, the "not so confident doctor" kept sending me all over town for ultrasounds and doing nothing. In the meantime, I am still wondering around in severe pain. I ended up finally getting a new gynecologist who is the greatest! She saw good reason for a hysterectomy and once in the OR, found I had severe diverticulitis and called in the greatest surgeon ever! Severe diverticulitis had buried itself underneath my uterus and had completely turned my insides to "concrete", my organs were unidentifiable. The surgeon had to "chisel" his way in just so I could have the hysterectomy. I came out of surgery with a colostomy which was NOT expected. 6 months later, May/2010, they went in to do the the colostomy take down and I still had a leak in my large intestines and now I have an ileostomy hopefully for only 6-8 weeks. This is the "short version" of my story.

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   Posted 6/26/2010 2:22 PM (GMT -6)   
So glad to hear all went well, I had my ileo reversed in April I had to start on a light diet first scrambled eggs, Fish, that type of thing then introduce other foods gradually but, take it slowly. I'm doing great now its like I 've never had a bag and im loving life right now!Take care Bev x smilewinkgrin
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