12 days after colectomy surgery

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   Posted 2/10/2009 5:15 PM (GMT -6)   
idea   Hello everyone
 I am still in the hospital after colectomy surgery because my small bowl had a blockage and they just would not wake up after surgery.But I think things are turning around for the better.
Getting nutricoon by a PICC line and hope to start eating solid foods tomarrow.
This has been a bit rough and guess it will be worth it when it is all over with.

                              for now Crazybirdman

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   Posted 2/10/2009 5:26 PM (GMT -6)   
Your temporary ileus is not that uncommon. Get out of bed and walk, walk walk!!!
Congratulations, I am sure once you are home your recovery will speed along.

dx proctitis in 1987
dx UC in 1991, was stable until 1998

1998 started prednisone, asacol, pentasa, nortriptylene, ativan, 6MP, rowasa enemas and suppositories, hydrocortisone enemas, tried the SCD diet, being a vegetarian, omega 3s, flax, pranic healing, yoga, acupuncture, probiotics

2000 lost all my B-12 stores and became anemic

2001 opted for j-pouch surgery- now living life med-free

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   Posted 2/11/2009 1:49 AM (GMT -6)   
Subear is right. Take a walk. In any case all of us do face this problem. Normally this happens after colectomy. There are blockages and the small intestines have been sleeping/inactive for days. My piece of advice to you. When you start your solid food please, I say please chew it properly. crush it properly so that it becomes a paste and does not get stuck in the intestines. It takes a while to get back the small intestine in its normal shape, as it shrinks during surgery because of inactivity. I faced this problem and had to remain on liquids for 4 months. I don't even remember how many times they had to switch over to "no oral diet" They would not give me anything orally and everything was given through the IVs. So relax while you are trying solids. Don't gulp anything. Don't have anything which has a seed or skin like citrus. Cheers. Fix a target when you have to be fit and fine and put on your dancing shoes to be back in disco. Take care and get well soon. All of us on this forum are eagerly awaiting your speedy recovery to throw a big party for you.

45 years Male
Diagnosed UC October 1989
Had two stage J Pouch Surgery Nov 2005 March 2006
Complications after surgery - Incisional Hernia and Ano Fistulas
on Combiflam, Multivitamins and restricted diet.
Tried Sallaki/Turmeric/Homoepathy/Allopathy/Chinese/Unani/Ayuvedic/Yoga before going for surgery

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   Posted 2/11/2009 7:52 AM (GMT -6)   

I hope your enjoying some solid food today. 

Get well soon

UC diagnosed 10/05, first symptoms 1983
6mp * asacol 12/daily * rowasa pm * cortifoam am 
 Culturelle Probiotic - prilosec - metamucil capsules
past rx: colozal, lialda, canasa
i can't complain, but sometimes i still do.  lifes been good to me so far.  -joe walsh

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   Posted 2/11/2009 10:39 AM (GMT -6)   
Hey crazy!
Glad things went well.
Yeah, took a couple of days to wake my guts up too. Don't worry. They'll come around.
Chew and walk. great advice.
It will be worth it!
28 yrs. old. married with one beautiful daughter (born 11/20/07)
-diagnosed with severe pancolitis u/c 2002 had total colectomy 12/19/08; emergency surgery due to abscess-had to redo ileostomy and switch to left side 12/25/08; 1/29/09 found blood clot in superior mesenteric vein (prob. from inf. and surgery inflammation)
pred. taper, coumadin, carafate, prenatal vit., and pain meds
(ileostomy temporary....not so sure?)

"Things turn out the best for those who make the best of the way things turn out."

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   Posted 2/11/2009 11:31 AM (GMT -6)   
No more UC...excellent!!!
Moderate Pancolitis
Dx'd 05/2007
8 Pentasa per day (4/2)
Corti Foam p.m. 3X per week and canasa every other day
Natural anti fungal, anti inflammation supplements and Probiotics.
Bowel Soother and IntestiNew, Fish Oil, Calcium, Multi Vitamin and Melatonin
Eliminated Fructose and Corn Syrup
Reduced sugar in my diet by at least 70%
Reduced wheat products by 70% 
Could never tolerate artificial sweetners
I excersice daily (unless like now : (  I've lost too much weight)
Did I happen to mention I HATE this disease!!!
*Recent Changes In Blue*

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   Posted 2/14/2009 12:50 PM (GMT -6)   
Sorry guys
I for got where I put this post and it doesn't take long for them to get lost with all the activity on here .
I am home and things are getting back to normal. It still takes an act of congress and 8 mules pushing for me to do something as simple as peeing but I get it done because I don't like the alternitive.
Thanks everyone for your help you all have been a blessing.
May God keep and bless each and everyone of you Troy
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