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   Posted 7/16/2011 10:40 PM (GMT -6)   
Well, my surgery is set for August 15th.   I'm a little nervous.   After my first surgery (right hemi colectomy) I was released after 5 days.   Things seemed fine.  Then, after 4 days at home, I developed a blockage and was back in for a week.   Last year, when I had the rest of my colon removed, I was in the hospital for 11 days.  I had an ileus and was very sick.   So sick that when they offered me the NG tube I said "yes please!"   So, I'm nervous about the recovery.   I'm also nervous about things healing well.   Namely the wound in my, uh, backside.   I think that's the bit that I'm most squeamish about!   I know the bag will take some getting used to, but I know that will come with time.   I've accepted that part.   Far cry from 2007 when all this started and the bag was the last thing in the world I wanted!   blush     Now I sort of wish I'd got it at the start.   I could have done without the second round of chemo!   rolleyes
Anyway, just wanted to let y'all know when my surgery is!   I really appreciate all the support I've gotten here so far!   I'm so glad that I found this site!  

Another UC wife
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   Posted 7/16/2011 10:57 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey Jen

Good luck with the surgery...I truly hope this one goes well for you and there are NO bumps along the way.
Wife of 64 yr old male suffered with UC & in May 06 had a severe flare & hospitalized 6 days...various prednisone treatments leading to steroid dependence and osteopenia, 12 asacol, 200 mg Imuran, failed remicade infusions Jan-May 2010 Dependence on pain meds. Made decision 6/10 to have surgery which was on 12/17/10 (total proctocolectomy & ileostomy - unable to have the j-pouch) & now pain free

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   Posted 7/17/2011 3:19 AM (GMT -6)   
GOOD LUCK Jen!! wishing you a successful surgery, smooth healing and recovery and best of health! keep us posted.
06/05/2007 - STARR procedure
colonic inertia w/pelvic floor dysfunction
08/16/2009 - total colectomy w/ileorectal anastomosis
07/08/2010 - loop ileostomy

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   Posted 7/17/2011 9:25 AM (GMT -6)   

I was nervous about the backside healing, too, but it was surprisingly easy. I packed the wound with saline soaked gauze twice a day to keep it from getting infected, and it healed slowly from the inside out. It didn't hurt to sit, so I was out driving and grocery shopping two weeks after surgery. You just have to think positively, and I'll be praying that everything goes perfectly!

:-) Cecilia
Dx'd Crohn's in '99 at age 28. Proctocolectomy and permanent ileostomy in '06.
Disease-free and medicine-free since surgery and very thankful to be healthy again.

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   Posted 7/17/2011 10:06 AM (GMT -6)   
hi jen, i wish you a good few weeks before your op & that the event itself is a total success. re the bum wound, i'm sure you have already found tips etc here, just to tell you the advice i was given - plenty of protein to give your body the resources to generate the healing tissue (high protein drinks will not require the energy needed for food digestion) & to keep the wound clean from infection, a tepid bath 3 or 4 inches deep with a few drops of Tea Tree oil - slosh the water about the wound twice a day.- i know its early days but this sort of info may help you prepare for getting home after the op - the bum wound was delicate for about 4 weeks but was well nigh healed by about 8 weeks - i didnt get back cycling until about 6 months just in case & happily i've had no problems so far

cheers & all the best
UC since 1990, not a lot of fun
Qualified as ileostomate May 2010, a much happier boy now
panproctocolectomy, abdomino perineal resection, perm ileostomy
my colon may not be, but my heart is in the right place !!

Equestrian Mom
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   Posted 7/17/2011 10:54 AM (GMT -6)   
Good Luck! I had to pack my wound, too, and it really wasn't an issue for me. In fact, my staples hurt more!

Keep us posted:)
formally known as OHIO76 ~ honoring my daughter's passion!
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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