My story and then questions at the bottom if you don't care about
all the details.
I got my sub-total colectomy with ileorectal anastomosis last Tuesday. My surgery started at 1:30PM and I didn't enter into my room until 10PM. It seems common with us that we have extra long colons - hence the reasoning for my long surgery supposedly. I also heard a comment while drifting in and out the word 'obese.' I'm overweight but I don't think I'm that bad. Not sure what that meant or if it contributed to it.
After surgery I was in the recovery room and I woke up first feeling my abdomen to make sure I didn't have a colostomy. However, I could barely move my arm. Apparently the blood pressure cuff was partially over my elbow and caused severe pain going up and down for hours. I complained of horrible pain and they gain me more dilaudid.
I went in and out of consciousness and don't remember anything except for my arm, super dry mouth (I got lemon swabs), and going into the elevator.
Once I got into my room, my mother was all ready waiting for me even though she wasn't supposed to go there until I was settled in. It was so late that they just told her my room number. They handed me the pain pump and I hit it. I was in HORRIBLE pain to the point I was trying so bad not to scream and cry my eyes out. Then I started itching uncontrollably. After some arguing they switched me to morphine and gave me Benadryl. I still was itching and in so much pain that they were trying to do breathing exercises with me while I squeezed my mom's hand. I don't think anyone has mentioned how much pain they were in initially?
After one of the nurses told me "you're just going to have to deal with it" my mom managed to shoo them out of the room. I kept hitting the button every 8 minutes but I couldn't sleep as I kept waking up. I asked her (bless her heart) to hit it for me. I don't know how long she was there when I told her to go to bed.
I hit the pain pump non-stop on Wednesday. My pulse was around 125 (super high for me) and I had to continue wearing oxygen or else my numbers started dropping into the 80s. As for nutrition I was on clear liquids. My family fed me lemon ice and I drank some water. The nurses forced me to walk down the hall and sit in the chair for 30 minutes. I cut my chair sitting short and went back to bed. Late in the day I passed 'something' in bed and I was mortified. At least my system was awake, right? My doctor also came in for a visit and gave me a prescript
ion for Toradol. It helped tremendously. I was almost livid they didn't just give it to me in the first place.
On Thursday, I was very nauseous and started vomiting which cleared some of my family out of the room (gee, thanks!) for the day. I only had liquid in me so thankfully it wasn't any worse. After Reglan and Zofran I was feeling slightly better. I didn't drink anything more.
On Friday I was told I could try full liquids which meant an upgrade to chocolate pudding and now my doctor approved red products. The hospital doesn't make red Jello so I had a special request put in to my sister. I barely had anything that day as nothing was appetizing. They removed the foley catheter which made it a lot easier to do my walks. However, it was extremely difficult to use the muscles. I stopped using the pain pump myself.
When Saturday rolled around I was 'upgraded' to full liquids plus. That meant I could have bread! My mom made a bread and butter sandwich for lunch and then I had the same thing for dinner. I was taken off the Toradol (and they made no mention of it to me) and took away the pain pump. When I realized it I asked for some Motrin which they had to page the doctor on call. I didn't want to take the Percocet. Big mistake.
Today I was upgraded to a low-residue diet. I had 2 mini pancakes that tasted horrible. I also ordered some grapes and that was my breakfast. The doctor on call came in and told me I could go home!
I ate some noodles this afternoon and some ice cream and grapes for dinner
The doctor on-call this weekend told my mom that 2% of people with constipation make up those of us with colonic inertia. 98% of those with colonic inertia are women. He said the usual 'we don't know why' but some believe it is a hormonal imbalance due to the fact mostly women are affected. I have read that there are certain probable causes such as psychological, nerve or muscle damage, sexual abuse, etc. For a long time I was in denial about
any of those reasonings as my problem was exacerbated after having terminal ileitis several years ago.
Biggest annoyances: the initial pain, interruptions ALL THE TIME, Heparin shots, being stabbed with a needle 20+ times (not counting injections through my IV)
My BMs have gone from liquid to small somewhat formed Tic-Tac sized to larger ones. I've had a lot of gas naturally, but it isn't always easy to pass. I've been worried today as I didn't have a BM until around 6PM and I was very bloated and even had the same constipation feeling before and after. Now I'm not feeling as rough.
>>> I was kind of expecting many more BMs but I haven't been eating much real food aside from yesterday and today. Has it slowed everything down?
>>> When did people move on to more of a regular diet? I plan on eating rice, pasta, bread, etc. this week and start introducing fiber slowly. Any particular foods that may cause an ileus?
Colonic Inertia, Rectocele, AnismusSurgery:
Scheduled November 9th - subtotal colectomy with anastomosis