I HOPE ALL HAD A SAFE AND ENJOYABLE HOLIDAY WEEKEND
ADVISESEEKER - I'm sorry to hear that you're having a difficult time deciding if you should or shouldn't have this surgery. This is a decision that only you can make, however, I know from my own personal experience that I was scared out of my witts too. I had to seriously sit down and weight the pros and cons and for me, living how I was living, not to mention, taking so many medications (which I knew was NOT good for my body either), I finally decided that I HAD to have the surgery. You asked that if in the long run things would get worse and/or if taking so many laxatives can harm other body parts....My opinion, according to what my surgeon said is yes, you will continue to get worse and I think taking OTC or prescripton drugs for any extended period of time is harmful to your body.
This is a lot to take in I know - ALL of us here have been where you are now. This isn't an easy surgery, it's a HUGE surgery, and no one can prepare you for what's ahead if you do choose to have this surgery, we can only give you a glimpse as to what's in store for you immediately post-op. Honesty is the best route and there is nothing easy about it. I felt like I was hit by a truck, HOWEVER, this is ONLY short term. I can honestly say that several weeks of being uncomfortable is worth EVERYTHING. It replaces a life of being uncomfortable with no/or low quality of life and I would do it all over again!!!!!!
IRISH_MOM - Happy to hear you survived the surgery - WOW - six hours is quite a long surgery for repair - my heart goes out to you!! I hope you a feeling much better today. I know you mentioned that the surgeon wanted you to wait a little while to have the colectomy. Seeing this surgery took so long, will they want you to wait a little while longer than originally anticipated?
SHELLYPOO - Michelle, how are you feeling? I hope things are beginning to look up for you and that you're feeling better by the day!!!
JULIA506 - Nice to meet you and WELCOME!!! Please keep us posted on when surgery is scheduled for you.
The only advise I can give you is to go back and read the many "parts" of this thread. There is a wealth of information here and it's invaluable!! I'm like you, I'm so thankful I found this forum (thread) and wish it was a lot sooner!! The people here are so AWESOME, CARING, INFORMATIVE, and HONEST!!!
Sorry if I missed anyone or anything!! All of you are in my thoughts!!!
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!!