Hi all. My mother was recently in a head on car accident (oct 03 '14) in Spain - visiting from the UK for a friends birthday - and it resulted in her having some of small bowel removed under emergency conditions due to heamoraging, I am here to find some advice for her.
She now has an ileostomy from this surgery (05 oct). After about a week in ICU she is now in a *normal* room with her husband staying there.
She has been told she can have a reversal with in the next week, this seems VERY soon to me, she broke her right arm in the accident and she suffers with fibromyalgia and is 56 years old. She has been told to walk about as much as she can but she also injured her leg which is now out of restraint.
They put her onto mushy foods about 2 days after she came out of ICU. And now she is persuaded to go onto more solid (she has been eating toast and alot of orange juices and soups and bananas etc). Altho she has been steadily improving daily she is very weak after minimal movement (possibly the fibromyalgia influence ontop?).
Unfortunately she has not got an infection (i think where they cut possibly at the stoma wound) and a contrast dye scan showed a leak (and some came thru her stoma i believe) and the surgeon says that though she is on antibiotics for it they will need to open her up and clean the infection out, but he says they will repair her at the same time ... the scan also showed her gall bladder is full of stones and possibly this can cause pancreatitis so he wants to also remove her gallbladder aswell. I think all at the same time.
Then he says she will be able to travel back to the UK in about 3-4 weeks time.
We are beyond worried about her, but she is strong and very brave. She is also a nurse (30 years) and was a secondary carer to me (wheelchair bound) and she is more concerned with me than herself I just want to try and help her by getting some info as they have no internet or wifi and there is a huge language barrier (although there is a nurse who helps them translate back and forth)