Silent Lucidity said...
Vicki I envy you. Susans53, I agree with the "if things work, best to leave them alone" sentiment wholeheartedly, I know I wish I had. If only I'd procrastinated a little longer, I'm sure our NHS will be refusing these surgeries to people in the situation I was (already created, perfectly functioning end ileo, with no majo leakage or skin problems). Now that I think of it, why IS the NHS wasting money on people like me? And now I may end up going back, at MORE expense. That's pretty depressing, to have become such a burden on a crumbling health system.
I for one am grateful that the NHS does reversals! I cannot complain. Had the same surgeon for both surgeries. She was perfectly happy to do my second surgery and never once made me feel like I was a burden. She also did a good job both times; it's early days yet, but there's no reason to suppose I'll need any more surgery in the near future. I sometimes feel a bit guilty about
how much money I've cost my hospital: basically it picked up the slack for previous hospitals, who didn't do enough to treat me. (Not that there is any guarantee I wouldn't have ended up the same way.) But mostly I'm just grateful for receiving treatment which hasn't landed me with a £500,000 medical bill.
I'm also glad I don't have to go through a third surgery: two are more than enough. As an aside, apparently some of my family were asking my parents why my surgeon didn't reconnect me during my first surgery if she could do it now: obviously they don't know any j-pouch patients who've had 3-step surgeries.