The chat room froze up...kinda like Slice's drive way. Sorry Slice...Guess you could always move to sunny Florida!
I am home...YIPPIE! I went into the hospital on Saturday. I had a bad night on Friday. I was in the tub until late at night with a huge belly and nothing would pass. I drank prune juice and sat in a hot tub for hours. I called my doctor in the morning and he said he thought I had an obstruction. He called the hospital and had them reserve a bed for me so I did not have to wait in the ER. They ran several tests and learned that nothing is wrong....or at least so they tell me. They did find that liquids move well through my small intestines and then stop right beyond my stoma. There the foods just sit for hours and then finally pass through the stoma. This may take 5 hours or 12 hours depending on what I ate or drank. They said this is normal. Personally, I disagree. However, when I told them I disagreed I was labeled as being "difficult." It was this slow sitting process that made me think I was obstructed. For all I know, I have some adhesion right behind my stoma that they did not detect with their equipment. However, when I said that, they assured me that I was just "hyper sensitive and overly concerned with my stoma." I asked them about my water retention because I gained 5 pounds of water before going into the hospital when I had an IV of fluids put in at the local emergency care center and then I gained 6 more over the 3 day stay in the hospital and I was not allowed to have food or water in the hospital so it was that they were over feeding me. So, I asked them, "why have I gained over 10 pounds in a week?" They said I should not worry about my water retention or even be concerned about that. The fact that I was concerned about the water and weight gain meant that I possibly had an eating disorder and I was overly concerned about my weight. Ok yes, I like to be thin, but wouldn't anyone be concerned about 11 pounds in a week? The doctors said that they would not even notice if they gained 11 pounds because as long as they feel good and can go to work everyday it is not a concern. They said that since I am a healthy active young woman I should not care about my diet or how much water I hold as long as I feel good. And the fact that I was asking about these problems combined with the fact that they could not find an obstruction meant that I had an eating disorder. So, they called for a psychiatric consult. I was very offended. My degree is in psychology. The last thing I wanted was someone giving me their take on some psycho-babble nonsense. The psychiatrist came to see me and told me he could start me on "medication" if I wanted to set up an appt to consult with him. Was he crazy? I did not need medication for a mental disorder! I needed to find out why my poop is stuck before my stoma! Oh well, I am going to work on this one myself.
The good part of being there was that I know now that I am well hydrated. I learned a lot about my ostomy and that I need to find some things that work for me. Maybe I need to try Boost or protein shakes rather than eating so many solids. Or maybe as my body heals and adjusts my body will work this out on its own. At least I got to see things move through on the x-ray (that was neat) and it only took the liquids 30 minutes to get from my mouth to the end of my small intestines...then it just sits and hangs out for a while. That was neat to see and interesting to learn.
Thanks for your support. Your words of encouragement keep me feeling hopeful and ambitious.
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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