Thanks so much for replying. Funny that you mentioned being a survivor. The doctor that I work for says to just take the same survivor attitude I've taken so many times before and that this surgery will also be fine. I'm kind of the joke (in a nice way) around the office - this will be surgery number 32 for me. Most of them were related to my breast cancer and knee surgeries, but there were others too. The joking part is because we've had a couple of the girls at the office go out to have their tonsils out and will stay on disability for three weeks or more. Then when they come back they complain how tired they are and that the anesthesia messed with their brain cells. All of my surgeries have been under a general, so I shouldn't have ANY brain cells by this point! LOL
My first resection was done because of recurrent diverticulitis and I had formed two fistulas from the colon to my bladder. Nothing like being able to do #1 and #2 at the same time. Blech! Before I had that surgery I had no problems with BM's; it started after the surgery. At first I thought it was 'normal', but after a while realized that something wasn't right. That's when the barrage of drugs, mineral oil, senna products, MOM, etc., started.
I wish I could have already had the surgery, but the surgeon won't do it until he's going to be home/available for a straight eight-week period. He's also going to give me his home/cell phone number. It was going to be at the end of July, but something came up so he wanted to do it at the end of August. Problem with that is that we live in a small town that has an annual Fall Festival each year during Labor Day weekend and I'm the treasurer; so I moved it to after Labor Day. The plan was then for September 5, but he has a conference on the 7th so it is now scheduled for the 10th. The 10th will work out to be perfect. I'm also invoved with the Portuguese Festa in the town next to us. If the surgery was on the 5th I wouldn't have been able to help, but with it being on the 10th I'll be able to.
Okay - I'm done with my book now. haha
It sounds very complicated, but i m sure after all you ve gone through you will be on two feet in no time! I ve seen some posts of yours from before, you are quite a survivor!!
Somoeone told me that she had to have a second surgery to remove more since the first was not successfull..
I m not very hopefull especially since already now it s not great!
Anyone had to have a second surgery?
ps I drink at least 2 liters a day and still..
Breast Cancer at 36. Diagnosed in 2000. Bilateral mastectomy with reconstruction.
Status post colon resection, but now heading towards a subtotal colectomy in September.
Son diagnosed with Crohn's at 17 (now 20). Taking Asacol and 6MP with Prednisone and Rowasa added during flareups.
Post Edited (Irish_Mom) : 7/29/2007 3:25:15 AM (GMT-6)