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OK, after 3 days home and 9 days after reversal, an update

Posted by currentsitguy, on Fri Jan 31, 2020 11:59 pm

Well I've been home three and a half days now. The staples come out next Tuesday. Things have settles into some semblence of a routine. The post surgical pain has mostly subsided, but I must say the staples are very irritating to my skin. It's Itch City. I can manage with Tylenol. I even had a sneezing fit earlier and it wasn't so bad. The trips to the bathroom are still more than usual, but have clustered into about three time periods a day: In the morning when I wake up, around mid day, and just before bed. Frankly, before bedtime I don't particularly feel the need, I just want to assure a full night's sleep. There never really isn't a sense of desperate urgency, I just know I need to go, like a "normal" person when it's "time to go". Sometimes I go in, do my business, come out, only to have to go back again 10 minutes later. Somewhat annoying, but nothing I can't deal with. I'm just happy to be on top of, rather than in front of the toilet. The soreness around the more sensitive parts is receeding. I still have to be a bit gentle in wiping, but it is nothing like two days ago.

I'm very happy I can move around.When the colostomy was first done, It was a good two weeks home before I could even get up the two steps into our kitchen without a lot of pain. I'd forgo getting something from the back of the house because it was just too painful to go back there to get it. Not this time. So long as I don't bend over at the waist I'm pretty good getting around.I'd get out and walk our rural road a bit for exercise if the weather weren't so cruddy.

My medium goal is to consolidate my trips to the bathroom to one or two single daily trips. Before the diverticulitis took hold, I was a single 10-20 minutes after my coffee kinda guy. Yeah, I intellectually know i've got a bit more than half the colon I used to have, and that may never be the case again, but I do strive to keep it to a bare minimum.

My wife and I really enjoy long, destination-less drives on the weekends in decent weather. There is nothing more fun than setting off with no goal in particular and ticking off a hundred or two miles to find new places. Last fall we bought a small, REALLY small, imported 25 year old right hand drive Japanese convertable for just that purpose. When I say small, I mean a full two feet shorter than my Mini Cooper. You not so much get into it as you do wear it, Sitting on the wrong side takes a bit of getting used to, but you adjust. Anyways, such a driving arangement means I'm going to really need decent control and holding power if we are to resume our routine. Hopefully things will continue along this path so that by spring I can pull the Cappuccino (yes that is the model of the car) back out of the garage and we can take a trip.

We are also planning a weekend away to a somewhat local resort. It's been a good two years since we've had a good couple's massage at a spa and we are both looking forward to that. There is a place down in the Laurel Highlands of PA we've been meaning to stay at for the facilities, as well as being near Frank Lloyd Wright's Fallingwater that we've been meaning to tour.

I'm obviously still on the low fiber post surgery diet, with is rather bland and boring, so I don't take this as a future indicator of things to come, though things are slowly starting to "firm up". If the bag was any predictor, I'll have good and bad days.

Reply by warrior, on Sat Feb 01, 2020 12:11 am

Great Story. Well on your way. These small vechiles your driving around, arent they manual trans?  isnt this a problem?   Yea you will "wear them" good.  best of luck , man.  Nailed it good.

Warrior

Reply by britathrt60, on Sat Feb 01, 2020 12:20 am

You have aced this ....good for you...by summer you will be flying high...

Reply by lovely, on Sat Feb 01, 2020 12:34 am

Glad things are going so good for you. Just don't overdo it you have come so far don't any problems now. Sometimes things seem to be heald but can still need more hesling inside. Best wishes 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Reply by currentsitguy, on Sat Feb 01, 2020 12:41 am
warrior wrote:

Great Story. Well on your way. These small vechiles your driving around, arent they manual trans?  isnt this a problem?   Yea you will "wear them" good.  best of luck , man.  Nailed it good.

Warrior


Yeah, it's a 5 speed, and yeah I have to shift with my left hand. I have to admit I'm a weirdo in that since I started driving in the mind 80's I've never actually owned an automatic. You adapt. Here's how I see it. Switching between the right hand drive Cappuccino and the left hand drive Mini and the winter Xterra is good exercise for the brain. It forces you into unfamaliar thinking patterns. My wife admits she is completely weirded out by being a passenger in the "driver's seat" but she has even learned to adapt.

The way I see it is these are the reasons we have to endure this and look forward to.

 

FWIW here it is:

Suzuki Cappuccino

Reply by Mtnman, on Sat Feb 01, 2020 12:45 am

I concur good luck and enjoy. You are one of the lucky ones. 🙂

Reply by w30bob, on Sat Feb 01, 2020 1:54 am

Currents,

  That's all great news.....glad to hear it! Yeah, those staples suck for sure. I ended up taking mine out a few days before my Doc was scheduled to do it......man, did that feel good! Carry on  my man, carry on!

Regards,

Bob

JMC
Reply by JMC, on Sat Feb 01, 2020 2:51 am

Like the vehicle, by the way driving that you are on the "right" side of the car mate, just unfortunate that you guys drive on the "wrong" side of the road, LOL!  Definitely a good mental workout alternating between right-hand and left-hand drive, well done. 

I also have always driven a manual and never owned an automatic, only found out that some folk consider that weird when I spent time in the states.  Manuals rock in my opinion (and automatics for lazy buggers who can't be arsed changing gears!).

Good luck with the recovery, sounds like even this early on that you've got this. 

Cheers, 

Jo

Reply by w30bob, on Sat Feb 01, 2020 12:03 pm

I went to England back in 1997 and was surprised when the rental company at the airport just handed me the keys to my rental and didn't even bother to ask if I could drive on the wrong side of the road.  After almost not making it out of the airport parking lot alive I handed the keys to my sidekick and said.....You Drive!  All the way to where we were going I kept freaking out as we drove, because I realized everytime I thought the driver should react a certain way (to roundabouts, oncoming traffic and especially turning) I realized if I was driving we'd be dead by now.  Then when my UK buddies came here for a meeting they jumped into our rental cars and drove just fine.  Sure made me feel stupid.  But at least I'm ALIVE and stupid.  There is something to be said for driving on the wrong side of the road properly.  

 

later,

bob

Reply by Puppyluv56, on Sat Feb 01, 2020 5:06 pm

Wow,

Your recovery had been textbook! Glad it has gone so well and continues to improve! You and your wife will be in that cute little car traveling around in no time! 


Puppy

Reply by Bagface, on Sat Feb 01, 2020 6:43 pm

So happy for you! My reversal was a year ago Feb. 5. Things have settled in nicely. I make 4-5 trips a day and I know what you mean about having to go again after about 10 minutes! I find that eating certain things will make me go more; if I eat more than 1 slice of pizza , it turns into a 12 hour shitfest and I don't always trust a fart! Sometimes I still can't believe I'm having these conversations! I'm so glad that you're doing well!

Reply by britathrt60, on Sun Feb 02, 2020 3:18 am
w30bob wrote:

I went to England back in 1997 and was surprised when the rental company at the airport just handed me the keys to my rental and didn't even bother to ask if I could drive on the wrong side of the road.  After almost not making it out of the airport parking lot alive I handed the keys to my sidekick and said.....You Drive!  All the way to where we were going I kept freaking out as we drove, because I realized everytime I thought the driver should react a certain way (to roundabouts, oncoming traffic and especially turning) I realized if I was driving we'd be dead by now.  Then when my UK buddies came here for a meeting they jumped into our rental cars and drove just fine.  Sure made me feel stupid.  But at least I'm ALIVE and stupid.  There is something to be said for driving on the wrong side of the road properly.  

 

later,

bob


Hey Bob  when I go back home to England it feels so weird being a passenger on the drivers side..I constantly adjust the rearview mirror...its automatic brain habit..lol...

Reply by wiljpeters, on Sun Feb 02, 2020 1:23 pm

sounds like your doing FANTASTIC!!!! So glad it's working for you.

Reply by currentsitguy, on Sun Feb 02, 2020 8:39 pm
w30bob wrote:

I went to England back in 1997 and was surprised when the rental company at the airport just handed me the keys to my rental and didn't even bother to ask if I could drive on the wrong side of the road.  After almost not making it out of the airport parking lot alive I handed the keys to my sidekick and said.....You Drive!  All the way to where we were going I kept freaking out as we drove, because I realized everytime I thought the driver should react a certain way (to roundabouts, oncoming traffic and especially turning) I realized if I was driving we'd be dead by now.  Then when my UK buddies came here for a meeting they jumped into our rental cars and drove just fine.  Sure made me feel stupid.  But at least I'm ALIVE and stupid.  There is something to be said for driving on the wrong side of the road properly.  

 

later,

bob


I've been to the UK twice. My wife was born there and lived her first sever years before they come over here. I will say on both of my trips I didn't really have all that much trouble adjusting to the "wrong" side of the road and care UNTILL, we crossed the Channel and went to France for the day. Sitting on the other side of the car and being in other lane, which puts you not on the center line, but on the edge of the road, can mess with your judgement. That is what I have here, but I have adjusted. All I have to do is beat down those sudden urges to deliver mail. ;)

Reply by currentsitguy, on Sun Feb 02, 2020 8:49 pm
Bagface wrote:

So happy for you! My reversal was a year ago Feb. 5. Things have settled in nicely. I make 4-5 trips a day and I know what you mean about having to go again after about 10 minutes! I find that eating certain things will make me go more; if I eat more than 1 slice of pizza , it turns into a 12 hour shitfest and I don't always trust a fart! Sometimes I still can't believe I'm having these conversations! I'm so glad that you're doing well!


I understand, but considering the focus of the forum I feel less inhibited in my descriptions than I would be otherwise.

I will say today the solid seems to be seperating from the gas. I've been taking advantage of that this evening with gusto. :) It may be the only time in my life my wife is delighted I am passing gas.

 

Running to the local country store for a Ice Cream treat. I think we've earned it.

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