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Scrap Girl
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   Posted 12/18/2010 2:40 PM (GMT -6)   
Well my takedown seemed to go well. Was able to leave in two days. We had to drive to Cleveland early Sunday because of the weather so my husband and I actually got to do dinner and a movie that night, which we rarely get to do at home with the kids. Monday morning I had my dye test - not my favorite thing - but it went OK so I had surgery first thing Tuesday morning. Forgot to mention we were able to sneak in another dinner and movie Monday night since I didn't have to do any prep (thank you ileostomy!) Feel extremely bloated and I look six months pregnant but at least I'm home. Haven't taken any pain medication since I've been here. The first time I showered at home it was extremely painful to remove the gauze they had put over my stoma to let it close on its own. Found some non-stick pads at CVS and life is much better. Once again, everyone at the Cleveland Clinic was awesome. The rooms are too small and I wish they were private so you don't have to share a bathroom with someone but the surgeons, nurses and technicians there are top-notch.

Equestrian Mom
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   Posted 12/18/2010 3:35 PM (GMT -6)   
Glad to hear it went well!
Crohn’s dx 1989
some terrible years before my
temporary ileo in 2001
Proctocolectomy w/end ileo in 2008
...wish I knew then what I know NOW!

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   Posted 12/18/2010 4:31 PM (GMT -6)   
This is great ....enjoy the holidays
Mom to Dillon (age 19) who had three major UC flares over two years....Very sick. Colectomy Sept/09, J pouch built Jan/10 and take down Feb/10. Now out living life at University and doing great. NO MEDS

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   Posted 12/18/2010 5:38 PM (GMT -6)   
     Glad to hear you are feeling better.  Enjoy the Christmas holidays!

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   Posted 12/19/2010 9:39 AM (GMT -6)   
I was just thinking about you. I was worried because we hadn't heard from you. I am glad things are going well. How many times a day are you going and what is your diet like? I am bummed that the rooms aren't private as I will have four people with me at first. Keep us updated.

Scrap Girl
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   Posted 12/19/2010 11:27 AM (GMT -6)   
I'm not really sure how many times I'm going - last night I only got up twice, which was pretty good for me. During the day maybe 8 or 9? That will slow down eventually. I'm on the GI-soft diet but there are actually a lot of foods you can eat like chicken breasts, pancakes, mashed potates, vegetables (as long as they are really cooked). My last meal at the hospital I had a couple of chocolate chip cookies on my tray. The main things you can't eat are raw vegetables, meats with casings, nuts, seeds, popcorn and fruits except bananas. That's for the first six weeks. It's not that bad. I could have cheese pizza but I've read the sauce can be irriatating so I haven't tried it yet. I had a large cup of hot chocolate last night and that didn't have any problems. Unfortunately, I have a sweet tooth.  
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