Now for Something Completely Different!
My first post was last month prior to my ileostomy reversal. I am now home with a rather unique situation. All this started Christmas day, 2008 when my colon suddenly mugged me. I was rushed into emergency surgery where my colon, gall bladder and appendix were removed (I think they were having a 3 for 1 sale). Another surgery was performed two weeks later. I spent six weeks in the hospital and six more weeks in a skilled nursing facility. I returned for two followup surgeries for abscesses. Last month I went to the hospital for my much anticipated reversal surgery.
The surgery went well and it was thought I would be in the hospital for three to five days. However, my stay was 13 days. The "different" part for me was my system started back up 36 hours after the surgery then shut down again. I had progressed to solid food and my system did not seem to like that. I had a couple of rough days, but then my system started up again (a little). Again, I was given clears and then progressed to solids again (much more carefully). Guess what? Yep, shut down. I returned to NPO (nothing by mouth) and waited. Finally, a little gas happened and clears were added followed by small amounts of soft foods. Monday night I had a small movement and again about 4am Tuesday. Tuesday morning I was released and went home. I have been home for four days and have two to four little movements a day usually with some gas. My surgeon told me she suspected my problem to be the large amounts of scar tissue left after my emergency surgeries. I feel I am in the eye of the hurricane and when my system gets fired up I will go from saying "Go, go" to "Whoa, whoa!" I'll keep you posted. I really appreciate this site. Also, I haven't read about anyone else having this problem (almost constipation) and would welcome any feedback.