Total Colectomy December 19

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Date Joined Jan 2006
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   Posted 2/5/2006 5:50 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Everyone!!
This is my first post.  I have been reading this forum since November.   I had a total colectomy on December 19 and spent 2 weeks in the hospital.  I came home on January 1.  Happy New Year!
I have had severe constipation since I was a child.  I did see a specialist when I was 24 and he told me I had a deformity of the colon and it was 2 feet too long and had loops.  He said only surgery would correct it and that he didn't want to see me go through the surgery as it was hard.
SO, I spent the next almost 30 years in misery taking enormous amounts of laxatives and hiding my problem.  I was sick all the time.
I had a bowel obstruction on the Tuesday before Thanksgiving and spent a week in the hospital. On my last night in the hospital a colorectal surgeon came in to see me and ordered the transit test and a pelvic floor function test.  I failed the transit test.....most of the rings were still at the end of the small intestine after 5 days.  I was scheduled for my surgery on December 19.
I was not afraid...I decided I would walk into the hospital with a smile and no fear. Anything would be better than the way I was living.   I will say spending the 2 weeks in the hospital was definitely the way to go.  I was taken care of and kept out of pain and my only job was to get well.  I did have an ileus and I rejected the NG tube.  That thing is horrible.  I did throw up quite a bit but that wasn't so bad. 
All in all, it wasn't so bad...I don't remember that much about the 2 weeks and am home and trying to get used to the new me.  I have lost about 17 lbs....but I am not complaining!!!!  I am SO HAPPY I had the surgery. 
If you are going to have this done...please walk into the hospital with a smile and say..I am not afraid...I will be 1000% better when I walk out of here!!! 

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Date Joined Jun 2005
Total Posts : 183
   Posted 2/5/2006 8:05 PM (GMT -6)   

Hello dear!  Glad that your surgery went well, and you are right a positive attitude will get you everywhere.  I also had the same surgery, and also had an ileus and also refused the NG tube!  Take it easy and rest... there is a total colectomy group on here with alot of people who have also had this surgery.

For your own good... PLEASE stick to soft foods for right now and nothing too high in fiber until at least 2 more weeks... Take care!



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