Posted 1/31/2014 12:41 PM (GMT -7)
I had a similar experience. I had diverticulosis of the entire colon. I had diverticula throughout, they weren't scattered, and many bigmouthed. After 6 infections, I had my entire colon removed.
I can see that because your bowel perforated, and you were septic, it made recovery difficult. During my colectomy, I was immediately connected. But days later, I became septic, got a life threatening bloodclot by my liver, and had an emergent ileostomy. Also got pneumonia and my wound bled and had to remain open to close on it's own. I spent a total of 42 days there. Came home 50 lbs lighter, weak, still a high pulse 130-140 at resting, high WBC, anemic, and scared every moment of going back in. Thankfully, I didn't. It wasn't easy, I'm single with 2 kids, and was a nightmare doing all that wound care and getting stronger alone. But, I pushed myself, gave myself realistic daily goals, and didn't think too much ahead. You will see the light at the end of the tunnel. Concentrate on eating more protein for wound care, drink an ensure after every meal, eat many small meals, and make walking goals every day.
Have a home wound nurse appointment to go over appliances and measure your stoma. All this is very overwhelming but they are there for you.
Stay strong and hang in there!