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Date Joined Jan 2007
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   Posted 6/10/2007 2:15 AM (GMT -6)   
My surgery was May 16th, had some complications but have been home for a week without problems.  This morning I blacked out and rammed my head into the door, thus slamming it and continued to fall on my right side to the floor.  My family found me due to the door slam and discovered an impressive scalp laceration and a bruised shoulder/hip.  Back to the ER I go.  Labs, head CT (because of blood thinners), xray shoulder, orthostatic blood pressures to discover I have significant dehydration.  Three liters of saline and 2 staples to my head later, I'm discharged to home.
My question is, how do I keep up with this fluid intake?  I know that protein, electrolytes are all important during this major healing time.  What about protein shakes, supplements, something more to give me that extra I need?  It's the weekend, so I won't be talking to my GI until Monday....thought you guys would have some input.  What a day it has been.
Crohn's/Colitis 2003.  Remicaid worked for 1 year remission,  Dipentum, FishOil, 6-MP, Vitamins, weaning prednisone!!,
Subtotal Colectomy w/ Ileostomy May 16 2007  

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Date Joined Dec 2006
Total Posts : 1986
   Posted 6/10/2007 9:45 AM (GMT -6)   
Lovely for you, just what you needed, a few more staples.

Are you on a modified diet still? Ensure makes high protein drinks, a lot of the pre made drinks are. Some people have a lot of luck with gatorade, I don't like it myself, and there's a drink called emergen C that's supposed to help.

Really, all you can do is try to increase your fluids and maybe try to solidify your stool a little to keep your body from loosing too much water. Bananas, applesauce should be good this soon after your surgery, and rice when you feel you can tolerate it because it can really solidify things.

If that doesn't help, you may need to talk to your doctor about going in for IV fluids when needed until you can get your body healed up, and your bowel adjusts to the changes.
25+years diagnosed with CD. 
Numerous surgeries, permanent ostomy, adverse reactions to Remicade, now on antibiotics and prednisone, currently awaiting liver biopsy to see where we go from here.

Phyllis B
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Date Joined Feb 2006
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   Posted 6/11/2007 12:18 AM (GMT -6)   
If you don't like the taste of gatorade, you may want to try Smart Water which is water and electrolytes. Taste really great...best water I have had...

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Date Joined Sep 2006
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   Posted 6/11/2007 6:51 PM (GMT -6)   
My surgeon has me take 3 immodium a day to help with the watery stools.  I drink water, gatorade, and smart water whcih is fortified with electrolytes.

Dx with Crohn's 1987, symptoms as early as 1984.
Temporary iliostomy February 19 2007
Ovarian cysts dx 1994, migraines dx 1996, allergies (including food allergies) , oral allergy syndrome (sligtly different than true food allergies), Astham dx 1984, Gall Bladder removed 1999, Inguenal hernia Sx 1987
Protonix 40 mg, Nuerontin, oxycontin, dilauded, Folic acid 1 mg, Vitamin b12 1000 mcg, vitamin b6 100mg, Diflucan 100mg, vitamin A, Multivitamin, Elavil 100 mg, Zanaflex 4 mg, asmanex, singulair, foltix, probiotics
As needed: Albuterol inhaler, relpax, nebulizer (albuterol ), have an Epi-pen but hope I never have to use one.

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