Rectal Stump Removal.
Hi there Ladies and Gents.....
Well I had a rather interesting couple of weeks just gone by . I spent about ten days in hospital , just out a few days.
I had intermittant peoblems with urinating but would just take four Motrin and after a half hour the Dam would burst and my swelling belly would deflate as I peeeeed and peeeeed lol...the Motrin worked. The basic problem was and is in my Rectal Stump and my internal J-Pouch which is almost conxtantly being re=infected now ...." Pouchitis" is the common name .
I've visited my consultant several times but my inflammation and pain were never bad enough to admit me there and then. We both agreed that the surgery could wait until there was no choice . The Doc seemed to agree . Then about two weeks ago I had a whole day of no Pee and my belly was swelling as usual and I took the Motrin as usual but this time it did not work. About 2 AM I called the Doc on call and drove to her office . She Freaked and immediately gave me a heavy duty pain shot...like Demerol and then got a Foley Cath into me ....much to my relief . The pain was so bad I just fell to my knees when I walked in the door but luckily my own GP was on and she didn't have to ask any questions , she knows me very well.
She immediately called an ambulance and shipped me to the nearest hospital . Everything went well and with Flagyl, Cipro and Sulfa ( Pentassa ) and several pain meds the infection slowed and almost abated. I went to visit my Consultant Gastro SUrgeon in Dublin but no records from my hospital visit were available yet. .....wasted 150 mile trip there . . Next time I have an attack I will get to my Dublin hospital while I can still travel. Hopefully, when they actually see how bad it has become they will perform the necessary surgery. I am on a waiting list and obviously Cancer patients should always have priority ...totally understand that . Right now I just want this thing out of me . I have Never felt such pain.....like giving birth to a bowling ball covered in sharp spikes ....closest I csn come to it.
Feeling better now , recovering at my wonderful Sister's & Hubby house out in the country in the unusually hot weather we're
having . The weather has been really hot ...up to 80 deg so it's really nice weather for recovery .
Now all I can do is wait my turn on the operating table....maybe before Christmas ??? who knows, Once in the hospital and in a bed the system is great !!! The care in hospital is wonderful in my experience . I know that when I do get the surgery it will go well so I have no serious worries about the main surgery that I'm waiting for. The Pouch and the Rectal Stump will be removed and the Anus closed permsnently and this should end my pain and discomfort.
My new Lady Friend from Silicon Valley has booked a flight to come and visit me in early August and we both hope I will not be in Hospital when she arrives. She is such a Sweetie....she saus she doesn't care .....just wants to come and see me . I will rent a little cottage on the West Coast ...actually just down the road from me . I'm about 7 miles from the Wild Atlantic Coast but I want us to be near the cold , beautiful wild ocean.
Forgetting about surgery and hospital for now ...waiting for my best friend in the world of the Ostomy and the world in general .
Talk later . Any more accounts of this surgery are always welcome.
Love and Big Hugs to all my friends on this wonderful site.