Hi All! This is my first time posting to this forum, but I have read every posting since the first one. Intially I posted on my own, but after reading this group, this is something I would like to be a part of, if y'all will have me.
I have been constipated my whole entire life. Always distended, always constipated...every doctor I have ever been to has told me it was no big deal. I have been on every stool medicine that you can imagine. Had the sitz marker test and failed that. Finally had a colonoscopy after putting it off for a while... didnt go so well. Has anyone NOT had results from the Go-Lytely, because that is what happened to me.
Anyways, after the colonoscopy, my GI doctor said that I needed to have a colectomy and he would refer me to a doctor. That was in May... and I finally have a new doctor's appointment next week. I have to have the manometry test and the defectpgraphy test prior to surgery. After reading this board, I am scared that this doctor wont want to do the surgery right away.
See, here is the problem. I am a nurse... but more importantly I am a nurse educator as well as a nurse practitioner student. I CANNOT take time off of school (and I am done in 2 years) and I cannot take time off of teaching (because then I wont have a job nor will I have insurance) so I REALLY just wanna get this done... but I dont want to sound anxious to the doctor... because then he might balk at the surgery.
The whole thing scares me to death. I have nasty anesthesia reactions, and I am allergic to morphine, demerol, vicodin, percocet and codeine... so the pain thing is a scary thing too.
It seems like my colonic inertia is different then most people. NOTHING works... I have a very small BM every seven days... and thats it. I never have a large BM... maybe like once every 3 months... but I do have those small BMS. Also even though I am distended, I have been like this since birth... so I dont know any other way to feel if that makes sense.
Somer - I think you said that you were a nurse... what kind of nursing were you involved in?
Sara - I dont know you, but it sounds like you have had a rough road... your attitude is wonderful! I am sure it has helped you through!
Sommer - you give me hope as to what life could be after the surgery!
Zoe - I hope things went well for you!
Thats all folks... I ramble in the middle of the night :)