My surgery is set for tomorrow at 8:00am. I had the last week off work to prepare our house for winter. I would normally do this in the first few weeks of November but I don’t think I’ll have the strength then. The doctor told me no heavy lifting for 2 months after surgery. I put the patio furniture and gas grill away, brought the hoses inside and turned off the outside water. I cleaned the garage so I can put the car inside. I mowed the lawn for the last time this year. I even did minor repairs on the snow blower and started it to make sure it is ready for the first snow, usually the end of November or beginning of December. My next door neighbor said he will clear my snow for me. I told him he can use my snow blower for both my driveway and his. I also caught up on a little painting.
Last night I saw a movie on the movie network that I think most people going into surgery wouldn’t want to see, “Awake” staring Hayden Christensen and Jessica Alba. The descript
ion of the movie said: “A patient suffers "anesthetic awareness" and finds himself awake and aware, but paralyzed, during surgery”. I couldn’t resist so I watched the movie. It really wasn’t as hard to watch as I first thought.
Yesterday for dinner we went to Kelsey’s restaurant and I had a 12 oz sirloin steak dinner. It was delicious. This morning at 9:00am I drank the first glass of Fleet phosphasoda. It tasted terrible but it was only one small glass. I have been drinking water all day long. I will take the second and last one in another 15 minutes.
Diagnosed in 2000 at age 43 with UC extending half way across transverse colon.
Bad reaction to Asacol, Pentasa and Dipentum - can’t take any more 5ASAs.
Prednisone - worked well for 1 month, then side effects became unbearable.
6-MP - blood tests showed not metabolizing properly.
Corticosteroid enema, Flagyl, Ciprofloxin, VSL#3, Adacolumn Apheresis – no effect
Methotrexate with Remicade - 7 infusions with no improvement
Folic Acid and B12 injections.
Abatacept trial - no effect