At quincy's suggestion, I'm starting a new thread about
my surgery, since the old thread was about
whether to have it! I'll repost my first update from that thread and then more updates as warranted.
Here's the link to the first thread:www.healingwell.com/community/default.aspx?f=38&m=3831297
So, to recap: Day 2 post surgery, and I'm happy to report I am doing really well!
Checking in and getting settled into pre-op felt like it took forever, but once the ivs were placed, everything went pretty quickly. They were all about
getting pain meds on board that would help prevent post op pain response, which I think is huge.
Surgery went well, and I apparently took forever to wake up in recovery ... over three hours. They said it was because I got such a high dose of gabapentin.
All I knew afterwards was that I felt great! I couldn't believe that I felt so lucid and comfortable. I could feel that my body was happy to have the colon out, and I honestly felt better than I had in weeks. I slept soundly, it was fabulous.
Yesterday was a little rougher, which I knew would be likely as the anesthesia wore off. I had some pains in my shoulders from air being trapped in my body during surgery, and I had a hard time urinating after they took the catheter out. I could go, but just small amounts. In the evening my pain level started to crank up. Gas was part of the cause, and walking and heating pads and simethicone helped some. I even tried oxycodone, which I had thought I'd be able to avoid. I'm glad I took it, because it definitely helped relax the pain. Then, I took a drink of water and realized my bladder was probably full. It's funny ... The surgery moved around things and changed processes, so now I'm not sure how easy things like gas and a full bladder feel! By that time my pain was really climbing. I only managed to pee a little bit, and then they had the urology nurse come in to help me. She drained over 800 cc!!!! I felt so much better after that, although it took my abdomen a little while to calm down and readjust.
So, I have been doing great overall. Psychologically feeling happy and positive is huge ... just the hope that things are going to get better every day is enough to get me through any post surgery pain! I get to eat food, and it tastes good, and that's exciting.
The bag is less than thrilling, but it's going to be manageable. I've already practiced changing it once with an ostomy nurse.
They're saying I'm doing so well with recovery that they might discharge me today. That makes me a little nervous. While I feel I am doing well, it's also nice to have things set up to my advantage ... Hospital bed, grips in all the right places, etc. If they do discharge me today, we will stay at a hotel by the hospital for a least a day.
I know this is a little rambling .. I'm in a bit of a medication fog.
Thanks to everyone for checking on me, for being kind, and for being supportive ... This forum has been such a huge boost for me in the past weeks. I'll keep updating here.
Post Edited (Kanva) : 5/8/2017 6:03:07 AM (GMT-6)