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Posted by Newbeee, on Sun Mar 08, 2020 12:05 pm

Keep me in your thoughts and prayers please as I start part two of this journey.  15 weeks ago my world was turned upside down with a ruptured diverticulum and emergency surgery.  My hosptial team was wonderful through the entire process.  Fingers crossed I get the exact same staff who cared for me the first time.  By the time I left the hospital I felt as though I had new family members, not just healthcare providers with me.  Getting home and adjusted of course took some trial and error moments and a few tears and meltdowns.  But as weeks went along I finally started to get accustomed to things I could tolerate eating, managing an ostomy routine and learning to not get panicked at anything that seemed to be "weird", but of course everything was weird and new by then.  Weeks started to fly by and before I knew it I was going back to the surgeon to discuss reversal.  Excited and nervous for sure.  Not sure what to expect and already dreaming about my first "real meal" again.  Will keep you all in my thoughts as well.

Reply by lovely, on Sun Mar 08, 2020 2:50 pm

Hi Newbie, Happy for you that you can get a reversal, pray everything goes good for you . Let us know how it goes. Best wishes

Reply by Bill, on Sun Mar 08, 2020 3:10 pm

Hello Newbeee.

It sounds as if things have happened so quickly for you and the fact that you are being considered for reversal surgery so quickly seems to be a good omen for the outcome.

My thoughts will be with you tomorrow and I wish you well.

Bill

Reply by Tickpol , on Sun Mar 08, 2020 3:55 pm

Wow, some rollercoaster.  Hopefully this is the last of your surgical interventions.  Praying for you.

 

Dave

Reply by Morning glory , on Sun Mar 08, 2020 4:06 pm

Newbeee,prayers for a safe speedy recovery.

Reply by iMacG5, on Sun Mar 08, 2020 4:39 pm

Hey Newbeee, can't wait for the good news!

Sincerely,

Mike

Reply by Inspired47, on Sun Mar 08, 2020 5:59 pm

 I had the exact same thing happen and i'm getting my reversal this Tuesday.  I wish you the best of luck.  We're both going to get through this.  God Bless

Charlie

Reply by Puppyluv56, on Sun Mar 08, 2020 6:25 pm

Newbee,

prayers for your surgery's success with an easy recovery!

you got this!

puppyluv



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Reply by britathrt60, on Sun Mar 08, 2020 7:23 pm

Newbeee 

You got this ...praying for a successful reversal and a speedy recovery ...cheers!

Ange 

 

 

Reply by w30bob, on Sun Mar 08, 2020 9:20 pm

Hi Newbee,

  We're all hoping for the best for you.........get R done!  It must be a great feeling to know you're getting reversed and going back to normal.  My hat's off to you!

regards,

bob

Reply by kmedup, on Sun Mar 08, 2020 11:22 pm

Hi there,

Hoping for a successful surgery and recovery for you. Keep us informed.

Cheers,

Karen

Reply by ron in mich, on Mon Mar 09, 2020 10:03 am

Good luck here,s hoping all goes well and a speedy recovery.

Axl
Reply by Axl, on Mon Mar 09, 2020 6:22 pm

Good for you, best wishes from Oz, hope you are back to normal soon.

Reply by OrlandoNewbie, on Tue Mar 10, 2020 3:43 pm

Very best of luck, Newbie -- you've got this!

I had just the same happen, so I empathize with your wild ride. My reversal was a little over a year ago.  Keep in mind that it's all Getting Better from here!  Hooray!

Food after is pretty much like food before.  Try a little of whatever you fancy and chew, chew, chew.  My diet was back to pre-explosion foods fairly quickly.  I did find urgency an issue, but just for the first few weeks.  My bowels still behave differently than before (but I'm also 68, so they probably would in any case ;) )  Age and a total of four ops to get me straight left me with very weak legs and no abdominal muscles, so I would remind you to pay attention to your PT.  A reversal doesn't mean an end to body-image issues!  If you're experiencing any hair loss, I highly recommend biotin.

I gave my leftover supplies to my wound nurse as she had other patients who couldn't always afford them.  Sometimes people here will ask if they are in need, or you could ask at the hospital who might be able to use them.

I still visit this site to answer reversal questions, as I noticed that people tended to leave once they were no longer an "active" Ostomate.  My surgeon told me that the statistics were that more than half the people eligible for reversals didn't take them, although the survey didn't give their reasons.  It takes courage to have another operation, particularly when the first one came as such a miserable surprise.  Fair play to you!

And don't be a stranger, we want to know how well you're doing!

Reply by Padfoot, on Tue Mar 10, 2020 8:12 pm

Best of luck, Newbee! Hope everything goes perfectly. I'm sure it will!

Reply by Blazest, on Tue Mar 10, 2020 11:58 pm

Good luck to you.  I hope you'll let us know how it goes.  I didn't have the courage for a reconnection so I kept mine.  But I never was right before and now my qualifty of life is much better.  The bowels have always been the weakest part of my body; it doesn't sound like that was true for you.  Good luck to you!

Reply by Newbeee, on Sat Mar 14, 2020 4:22 pm

Hello dear friends !!!  The reversal is completed and I have a much more appealing midline scar as opposed to what I commonly called frankenscar from the colostomy.  Making things pretty was not on the priority list with the urgent surgery in November.  Day 2 and 3 after the reversal was tough!!!  As in I was miserable and almost regretting my decision.  But chalk that up to pain management and gaining strength and confidence again post-operatively.  Ask me today if I would have chosen the reversal and I give a BIG thumbs up and HELL YEA!!  For the first 3 nights I had to sleep in the recliner in my room.  Night 4 I made it into the bed and started getting some great rest.  Tubes all came out quickly and by day 5 I was up walking independently in the hall and waiting to get discharged.  Got discharged today and have felt wonderful since getting home.  Diet is as before, small meals, see what you tolerate, and progress to a high fiber diet in a few weeks.  My hospital staff were the same as with the first surgery and I absolutely love them all.  Tonight my daughter is getting to cook dinner for me - the dinner we did not get to have for Thanskgiving due to the emergency.  I am spoined for sure.  Thank you all for thinking about  me and prayers for recovery !!  They  mean the world.  Virtuall hugs to all of you.  I will be continuing to check in for chats with everyone :)

Reply by lovely, on Sat Mar 14, 2020 8:28 pm
Newbeee wrote:

Hello dear friends !!!  The reversal is completed and I have a much more appealing midline scar as opposed to what I commonly called frankenscar from the colostomy.  Making things pretty was not on the priority list with the urgent surgery in November.  Day 2 and 3 after the reversal was tough!!!  As in I was miserable and almost regretting my decision.  But chalk that up to pain management and gaining strength and confidence again post-operatively.  Ask me today if I would have chosen the reversal and I give a BIG thumbs up and HELL YEA!!  For the first 3 nights I had to sleep in the recliner in my room.  Night 4 I made it into the bed and started getting some great rest.  Tubes all came out quickly and by day 5 I was up walking independently in the hall and waiting to get discharged.  Got discharged today and have felt wonderful since getting home.  Diet is as before, small meals, see what you tolerate, and progress to a high fiber diet in a few weeks.  My hospital staff were the same as with the first surgery and I absolutely love them all.  Tonight my daughter is getting to cook dinner for me - the dinner we did not get to have for Thanskgiving due to the emergency.  I am spoined for sure.  Thank you all for thinking about  me and prayers for recovery !!  They  mean the world.  Virtuall hugs to all of you.  I will be continuing to check in for chats with everyone :)



 

Hi Newbeee, So good to hear from you. Glad everything is going good for you I know this information will be good for others considering a reversal. Let us know how you progress. Best wishes

Reply by britathrt60, on Sat Mar 14, 2020 11:47 pm
Newbeee wrote:

Hello dear friends !!!  The reversal is completed and I have a much more appealing midline scar as opposed to what I commonly called frankenscar from the colostomy.  Making things pretty was not on the priority list with the urgent surgery in November.  Day 2 and 3 after the reversal was tough!!!  As in I was miserable and almost regretting my decision.  But chalk that up to pain management and gaining strength and confidence again post-operatively.  Ask me today if I would have chosen the reversal and I give a BIG thumbs up and HELL YEA!!  For the first 3 nights I had to sleep in the recliner in my room.  Night 4 I made it into the bed and started getting some great rest.  Tubes all came out quickly and by day 5 I was up walking independently in the hall and waiting to get discharged.  Got discharged today and have felt wonderful since getting home.  Diet is as before, small meals, see what you tolerate, and progress to a high fiber diet in a few weeks.  My hospital staff were the same as with the first surgery and I absolutely love them all.  Tonight my daughter is getting to cook dinner for me - the dinner we did not get to have for Thanskgiving due to the emergency.  I am spoined for sure.  Thank you all for thinking about  me and prayers for recovery !!  They  mean the world.  Virtuall hugs to all of you.  I will be continuing to check in for chats with everyone :)

Hi Newbeee 
Great to hear you are doing so well ..way to go!

Ange 

 

Reply by ron in mich, on Sun Mar 15, 2020 10:23 am

Thanks newbee for the update, its always nice to hear a positive story especially with all the gloom and doom nowadays. 

Reply by OrlandoNewbie, on Mon Mar 16, 2020 10:24 am

Well done!  Take very good care of yourself and all spoiling is allowed!

Thanks for the good news.

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