Fri Nov 11, 2011 12:10 am
Wed Nov 16, 2011 10:37 am
I had a 2 stage reversal which I believe is the most common and safest due to potential infection and adhesions. I was in hospital for a week for the first stage and about 5 days for the second.
I had a 4 month break inbetween my 2 stages and didn't really have any problems.
My biggest tip would be to really look after your nutrition. I didn't and my body struggled to heal itself causing infections and other problems.
Good Luck & Take Care
Tue Nov 29, 2011 2:16 pm
Hi Star - Thank you for the response. I'm happy to hear you're doing well now. Infections & other problems? Care to elaborate??
Hi everyone else,
I'm here to update on my status. I had the colonoscopy conversion to ileostomy on 11/14. Doc took my appendix out, re-connected my colon to my rectum, cleaned up the scar from the emergency surgery last year, and glued me shut. Doc said it all went very well and surgery was over in half the estimated time. My husband was surprised when the Doc came out 1 1/2 hours later with a smile.
I was up and walking around on Tuesday, started eating soft foods the following day, and finally released on Friday morning. Almost 5 days in the hospital, but I was feeling great! No issues with food, output, or energy. I was walking 15 minutes at a time at least 5-6 times a day. The Doc was amazed. Needless to say, I was happy considering the hell I went through the last time.
I hit a wall when I got home, though. Three days of no appetite, pain, feeling super tired, no walking.. YUCK. I was really disappointed as it seemed I had done so well in the hospital. Plus I started have VERY FREQUENT mucus movements. Sometimes 8-10 a day! They hurt at first with immense urgency, but not any more. Now, I can feel the pressure and can wait to get to the restroom. It's a little frustrating to be "going" from two ends, but hey...
Today, I am back to my old self! I have been Christmas shopping, making some fantastic meals, and getting stuff done around the house. It feels really good. I find out tomorrow when the 2nd phase will be scheduled.
Tue Dec 06, 2011 9:06 pm
So I'm posting an update, again. Phase two has been scheduled for Dec 29 as long as the results from the Gastrografin enema (Dec 27) come back normal i.e. no leaks from the recently connected colon & rectum. Very excited and happy to see a light at the end of this long tunnel.
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