Living with a colestomy

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Medic Frank
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   Posted 10/31/2005 7:36 AM (GMT -7)   
Hello Everyone!
 This is my first visit to this forum but hopefully not my last. I'll give you a brief history of my illness and then maybe ask a few questions if that's ok? I have been diagnosed with Crohn's for over 20 years with what I would consider mild complications. I have been able to keep it under control for the most part with medication. Several weeks ago I was diagnosed with a stricture in my decending colon. After several visits to the MD it was determined that the stricture had to be removed. I went in the hospital on 10/14/05 and had my 1st surgery on 10/20/05. At that time the Surgeon removed about 1-1/2 feet of diseased tissue. 3 days later I had complications and it was found that there was a leak in the colon causing excess gas in my abdominal cavity. I was taken for my second surgery on 10/23/05 where all but about 1-1/2 foot of collon was removed. The Surgeon said that she thought the portion removed the second time might be saved but she was wrong. I was also left with a temporary ileostomy that will be reversed in 3 months.
 Ok, so I'm home now and not feeling too bad. Not at 100%, but not all that bad either. Has anyone undergone anything similar to this? My big question is what will life be like after the reversal of the ileostomy and my plumbing is reconnected. I work as a paramedic and I'm wondering if I will be able to continue in that career. If anyone had any stories to share I would much appreciate it and I plan to be an active member of this forum.
 I have also posted this same thread under the Crohn's forum because I find both forums relate to my situation right now. Hope that's ok.

malachy72
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   Posted 11/1/2005 5:15 PM (GMT -7)   
Frank, I had J-pouch surgery. The reconnection should be a breeze compared to what you've been through.

Cleo
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   Posted 11/2/2005 9:05 AM (GMT -7)   
I started my "career" in the medical field after my colostomy. I am workiing as a nurse aide in a rehab center. I could have a reversal but have chosen not to at this time. My quality of life is sooo much better with the colostomy I have no desire at this time to mess it up. ( NEVER thought in a million years I would be saying that!)

But I love my job, I just don't think they would appreciate me spending half my shift in the bathroom. It's amazing how much time I have now that sitting on the throne is no longer an issue! Take care!


Cindy 
 
Life isn't like a bowl of cherries, it's more like a jar of Jalapenos... What you do today, might burn your "butt" tomorrrow!


Medic Frank
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   Posted 11/2/2005 3:40 PM (GMT -7)   
My biggest concern is the amount of times that I'll need to use tha restroom and with what urgency. I'm never more than 30 minutes away from a facility so that's not an issue. I'm wondering when the urge strikes, how much time will I have to seek relief.

malachy72
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   Posted 11/5/2005 8:31 AM (GMT -7)   
Frank, I can only speak for the j-pouch. The urgency is not an issue. I have held up for hours after the first urge.

A shortened colon might present different problems.

malachy72
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Date Joined Oct 2005
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   Posted 11/5/2005 8:31 AM (GMT -7)   
Frank, I can only speak for the j-pouch. The urgency is not an issue. I have held up for hours after the first urge.

A shortened colon might present different problems.

malachy72
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Date Joined Oct 2005
Total Posts : 99
   Posted 11/5/2005 8:31 AM (GMT -7)   
Frank, I can only speak for the j-pouch. The urgency is not an issue. I have held up for hours after the first urge.

A shortened colon might present different problems.

malachy72
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Date Joined Oct 2005
Total Posts : 99
   Posted 11/5/2005 8:31 AM (GMT -7)   
Frank, I can only speak for the j-pouch. The urgency is not an issue. I have held up for hours after the first urge.

A shortened colon might present different problems.
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