Of course I am scared to death; scared of the risk of surgery and the pain afterward. My doc said he did not know if he would do a one step or two step surgery to get me a jpouch. The prospect of two major surgeries and two week long stays in the hospital scares me even more. He did not seem to want to discuss the factors used in coming to a decision of how many surgeries he would use.
How bad is it when you "come to" after surgery? Do they do a decent job of keeping you relatively pain free afterward? If you must use a temporary Ostemy appliance (sorry, I don't know the names of everything yet!) .. Is it hard to do even if you are a bit of a "klutz"? I understand they make you walk soon after surgery but when you get home a week after surgery, are you able to walk up a flight of stairs (to bedroom)? Are you able to stay out of bed most of the time? How long until you could go grocery shopping or take a cat to the vet?
This entire thing boggles my mind. I have not had symptoms like many here so I don't have the elation of finally being free of something. I feel fine now ... that is the problem! I had a regular colonoscope that showed some cancer cells, no polyps but some cells in one or more of the biopsies they take. My doctor says that even though only a small area of the colon is afected, the logical thng is to take out everything.
Any info or answers would be appreciated.