First, thank you for your kind words. I had no idea I had been an influence to you and I appreciate your complements! I am glad you have found some answers to your illness. Like you, I suffer with extreme CI. One of the main questions I would ask is...how will this surgery help you deal with your disease? CI exists throughout the entire GI system. You are still going to suffer from CI. There is no way to avoid it. Unless someone removes your rectum, small intestines, large intestines and stomach,... you are going to suffer in some way. Having the TC removes part of the disease but you still have a small bowel and stomach and rectum to deal with. Knowing this, what does he expect your life to be like? Currently, I have a bag. I no longer use my large or my rectum but I still have CI and I still suffer the effects but not nearly as bad as I used to. Ask him questions about
this. PLEASE WRITE YOUR CONCERNS AND QUESTIONS DOWN ON PAPER. THEN WRITE HIS RESPONSES TO YOU LIKE YOU ARE TAKING DICTATION. THEN HAVE HIM SIGN YOUR COPY OF THE PAPER THAT THESE ARE THE THINGS HE EXPECTS FOR YOU! These paper have been a huge benefit to me b/c many drs will say, "I never said that" or "I don't recall that conversation, Mrs. Duran." Well, I have it in writing.
Revised Coletomy/ Reset Anastimosis 2006
Revised Colectomy/ Obstructions 2005
Sub-total Colectomy 2001
Prov. 16: 20 Whoso trusteth in the Lord, happy is he.
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