I am 3 and 1/2 weeks today post-op laparascopic subtotal colectomy with anastomosis due to severe colonic inertia which stemmed from chronic constipation. I was going to the bathroom about
once a week if I was lucky and that was taking all the stool softeners and laxatives that the doctors had put me on. Without them, I was averaging about
once a month to 6 weeks. It wasn't fun. This had been going on since I was 14. I am now 39. All of the doctors that I saw would just give me something else to take which usually wouldn't work at all anyway. I woke up sometime towards the end of October having what was termed as rectal spasms that completely took my breath away, very painful and intense. It lasted for about
30 minutes. So, that day I called the Alabama Colon and Rectal Institute and had an immediate appointment with a great doctor. The first thing he did was order a sitz marker test and also a colonoscopy. On the sitz marker test, after day 7, 22 of 24 of the markers were still in place and spread through out my large intestine telling them that I had a VERY slow transit time. During the colonoscopy, the doctor said he tried to stimulate my large intestine to see if he could see it contracting but without results. Due to the fact that I had already been on so many different medications for so long my options came down to a surgical procedure to remove the large intestine. The procedure was completed on Nov. 4th, 2010 immediately followed by flipping me over and repair the muscles along the instetinal wall due to atrophy. My hospital stay was supposed to be 5 - 7 days, I was out in 4. In the recovery room immediately after the procedure was the worst part as I had to stay in recovery for almost 4 hours because of bladder spasms from the catheter. The doctor says that I had really bad spasms and it was hard to get them under control. Needless to say, the catheter was removed sometime that night as they figured they would let me try and go on my own since I was having so much trouble with the spasms. My veins either blew or were infiltrated NINE times before the second day was over. After the ninth, the IV was not restarted so that meant no more Dilaudid delusions. I was hallucinating up a storm. Diluadid and I apparently do not get along.
Since coming home, I am gradually getting my strength back. I am walking about a mile a day, have lost 10 pounds and am now able to eat anything that I want to. I use the bathroom about 2 - 3 hours after I eat and am going about 4 - 5 times a day. I feel better than I have in years. I am actually doing great with it. Also, I go back to work a week from Monday. I AM READY!!! Sitting here all the time is driving me stir crazy to say the least. I still can't do any of the other exercises for another 3 weeks but then back to the gym I go. It will be a slow healing process but I say it has already been well worth it. Other than the fact that I have sort of stayed a little raw down there due to having so many bowel movements and I wasn't use to all the wiping I have done very well. I am very thankful that they were able to do the iliorectal anastomosis so that meant no colostomy for me. Please say a prayer that I continue to heal as well as I have been. I am just curious about what to expect now.
Post Edited (Nurse Cyndi) : 11/28/2010 6:56:11 AM (GMT-7)