Boy, there's so many posts to try and address, all with great questions and concerns. I'll try real hard to help and encourage those with questions in anyway I possibly can.
SHELLYPOO - Hi Michelle, my heartfelt thoughts are with you. I'm so sorry to hear of the issues you're now going thru.
As I've stated several times here, NOTHING can prepare you for the immediate post-op suffering part of this surgery. We can only share our stories and help others who are having some issues. I know it sounds like the impossible, however, please know that you will feel better in a few short weeks - once things begin to adjust.
The only part of nausea that I had a hard time dealing with was immediately after surgery due to the anesthesia (which has always been an issue with me after past surgeries). In recovery they gave me several medications, which I think phenergan was one of them (this is a very strong medication that cancer patients use) and it didn't work unfortunately. I was finally told that I couldn't have anymore medications - I was at my limit, so I basically started doing deep breathing and eventually that seemed to help some.
The pain for me was bearable (I have a high tolerance to pain). In fact, they removed the morphine pump the following morning (I wasn't using it much) and started me on a pill form of pain medication (which was pretty strong stuff - Percocett - which was the ONLY medication that did ease the pain).
It is a very good sign that you've had your first bm!! At first they will be very liquid, so don't be alarmed. At first I didn't really have the "urge" either, but rest assured, that will be something you'll regain.
I can understand your feelings of "loosing" hope, HOWEVER, time is of the essence here and soon you WILL begin to feel much better. I'm SO excited to hear that your surgery went well - that's a BLESSING!!!!! I wish you the best and hope with all my heart that your pain, nausea, and fears will soon be a thing of the past!!!!
I wish I could offer more help, but hope something here encourages you!!
JILLIBEAN - Jill, I know from experience the discomfort of the belly being in pain, sore, and very tender. I know it was a good 12 plus weeks for mine to improve. You sure did have some set backs and I hope they are all behind you now!! I too would have this surgery again without hesitation.
ADVISESEEKER - Please don't let the doctor doing the anorectal test discourage you in anyway!! I know of people in their late teens and early twenties who've had this surgery, it isn't an age thing in my opinion, rather a fight for survival and regaining your life. As far as it being "who's decision" - It was MY decision and the surgeon agreed with my decision. I've also read that some insurance companies consider this as elective, yet others do not.
You cannot continue living the life you're living - that's NO life at all!! I would demand the surgeon to take the steps to get this surgery approved and performed as soon as possible - DON'T give up and DON'T give in!!!!! This surgery is what I consider REGAINING a life instead of existing, especially when the quality of life you should have is something you deserve!!!!!!
RESA - Great advise for those seeking it!! Your experience and sharing it is well appreciated by those going thru this right now. Thanks for helping others with your own experiences, the good and the bad!! It's just all a part of this surgery and recovery process. There is nothing easy about this surgery - it's HUGE - however, you and I, and so many others would have this surgery over without a second thought!!!
IRISH_MOM - Terri, nice to meet you and welcome!!! Yes, there are some wonderful people here and I'm so thankful for each one and thakful they're a part of my life. They've ALL helped me thru this process in more ways than I can count. Boy, you sure have been thru SO MANY surgeries - WOW!!! We all have been thru the vigorous cycle of ALL the medications which is past the point of helping, yet these doctors EXPECT us to continue on with this cycle!!
Each person is different in their healing process, some take more time than others. It wouldn't be a fair statement to give a definitive "return" to your normal activities, even the return to work.
I hope this helps those in search for the answers they need. Forgive me if I have typo's, I've typed quite a bit and after a while things seem to blur together.
God bless and keep each and every one of you!!
God is SO good - His blessings are endless!
Trust in Him with all your heart!
Know He's in control over every situation you face!!