Hello and nice to see so many new people - My last post was at the end of June!! I had to read thru a few pages just to get to know all of you. I will agree with so many of you, this is the best Forum and the sweetest and most helpful people I've ever met. A true blessing from God!!
My story goes all the way back to when I was a toddler. I suffered 43 years with constipation - going once a month if I was lucky. The last two years pre-op was an absolute nightmare. After many tests I was finally diagnosed with colonic inertia and had my total colectomy 11-09-06 which was the best decision I've ever made in my life.
My surgery was done laparoscopic - supposed to be a three to four hour surgery, however, due to my colon being so large and loopy - it took 8 1/2 hours to remove it. My hospital stay wasn't very long - went home on day four. I was up and walking (very slowly) about six hours after surgery and continued walking every two or three hours, which I think make my hospital stay as short as it was. The nurses were extremely surprised by my determination and effort.
I will not lie and say it was easy - it wasn't!!! This is a HUGE surgery and everyone handles it in their own way. I felt like a truck had ran me over. It was a good 12 weeks before I began to even feel "normal" and a good 16 weeks before all the soreness and tenderness went away. But, if given the chance - I'd do it all over again in a heartbeat!!!!!!
For the first few months post-op I was going anywhere from six to eight times a day, give or take a few. Now I go about once or twice a day. I began taking MiraLAX once a day again (pre-op I was taking it three times a day - along with other stuff) as they discovered my small intestine has slow transit time about a month and a half ago when my transit time slowed down to two to three days.
I'm doing very well and I'm so thankful that I've gained a life I never knew existed!! I wish all of you the best of luck and know that you will have a new life after surgery!!!