Takedown surgery set!

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   Posted 10/29/2017 5:57 PM (GMT -6)   
I called my old surgeon (the one my health insurance company doesn’t cover) and she called the insurance company and made sure they will pay for my original surgery date. I wasn’t able to keep tha Nov 2 bc I didn’t think they’d cover it. But wow, did she go out of her way to help me! She also scheduled my pre-op and my pouch X-ray for two days prior! I’m so looking forward to this (as much as anyone can be looking forward to surgery).

Can anyone tell me what to expect for eating after surgery? Do I have to be careful like the first few weeks after my ileostomy? Right now the nausea is still a big deal- and ever present- so I wonder if that’ll subside, too?

Also, on another good note, my wedding was this weekend and it was wonderful! So happy for things in store for me!

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   Posted 10/30/2017 10:37 AM (GMT -6)   
I would imagine the nausea will subside. There must be something going on that is causing it, either dehydration or a partial blockage. I can't imagine you're nauseous for no reason? immediately after surgery, It takes a moment for your bowel to move. There was a short time when I was in the hospital that everyone was telling me to eat, but I was worried it wasn't moving so I was scared to eat. When it starts moving, it may start off slow, but it will get to the point where it's annoying. For me, I remember I didn't have much capacity at first. I would go for a walk and have to get home to go. I was also nervous, didn't know how long I could hold it, didn't know if I could wait, I didn't know what to expect at all. You kind of have to feel it out. Some people adapt very quickly, others it takes longer. I think I ate fairly normally since take-down. I know other people have had complications though and ended up in the hospital longer than they imagined. My reconnection took an hour I think. I was out of the hospital 24 hours later. The stoma site was sore for me. I had some troubles with mine healing. I had a suture popping out that was very tender. Eventually it came out and the site healed up.
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   Posted 10/30/2017 3:28 PM (GMT -6)   
In regards to nausea, generally they may give you Zofran in your IV, it's an injection they give you every few hours. That didn't really work for me. I can't remember the name but they gave me something else, it was a small IV bag that took about half an hour or so to administer and that worked so much better for me
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10/14/15 - J Pouch step one complete

2/10/16 - Takedown and very happy with my J Pouch

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   Posted 10/30/2017 3:46 PM (GMT -6)   
That’s good to know. My doc did give me zofran formhome. I’m using that now and it’s working okay.

How long did everyone else stay in the hospital? My doc said 2-3 days but only bc they’re waiting for the the bowels to wake up. One day would be a dream!
Moderate to severe colitis, diagnosed in 2003, hospitalization in 2006, Feb 2017, July 2017 for colitis related complications

Step 1- iliostemy and j pouch creation surgery on Aug 25
Obstruction - hospitalized early Sept
Anticipated reversal- Nov/Dec

Medications: Zantac

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   Posted 10/30/2017 4:00 PM (GMT -6)   
Hoping everything goes well! I'm really curious how post surgery will be, please keep us updated when you're ready smile
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