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Posted: Thu May 11, 2017 3:23 pm

Just left my surgeon's office. He said my emergency colostomy was due to diverticulitis, not Ulcerative Colitis or Cancer, and it should be safe to reconnect me. I have already had an EKG by my primary care physician and it was clear. However, Dr. Carter still wants a release from my cardiologist. I have an appointment to have a colonoscopy through my stoma. When the release from the gastroenterologist and the cardiologist get to Dr. Carter, we will do the reconnect through the old incision. I do not have a hernia now and he warned me against exercise other than walking for the next year. Of course, it is hard to walk with no cartilage in my left knee or left ankle, but I will do the best I can. Prayers are requested, please.

Posted: Thu May 11, 2017 9:24 pm

Hello definitely praying with you for everything to go well.

Posted: Fri May 12, 2017 1:55 am

Hello Don.

Thanks for keeping us informed. It all sounds good to go and I wish you luck in your journey ahead.

Best wishes

Bill

Posted: Sat May 13, 2017 3:51 pm

Drfields24, I was going to send you a comment. Thank you for replying to mine, this makes it easier to communicate. I read your profile and understand your reaction. I had a ruptured colon and went into septic shock before my colon was removed and a colostomy created. It was a shock to wake up with a bag on my belly. It took about 4 months to accept it and another 2 months to get used to it and my body's new demands. Now, I could keep it if I had to but would like to get rid of it if I can. People on this forum will answer questions for you and give you support. I am extremely grateful to everyone who helped me along the way. If I can be reconnected, I will still stay in touch to return the favor. 

Bill, thanks for your comment.

Posted: Sun May 14, 2017 2:37 pm

Hii Don,

Sounds like your on your way. I'm glad for you and will keep you in my prayers. Let us know what the Dr. says it's time to reconnect!

Posted: Mon May 29, 2017 9:00 pm

Well, my gastroenterologist would not proceed without a release from my cardiologist. He would not give a release without doing an EKG in his own office. When that was done, he said his result was different from the one I had in his office a year ago. We talked about his EKG and the one my PCP had done. The cardiologist had more data collection points and therefore revealed more about my heart. I knew I had a heart attack in 1997, but his EKG looks like I had another one last year, probably during my emergency colostomy since the surgeon had commented on nearly losing me during the surgery and twice more while in ICU. Now I have to do a nuclear stress test to see how much damage was done to my heart and whether or not I can have any more surgeries. The stress test will be in two weeks. While dealing with that, my PCP called to tell me it looks like my thyroid is beginning to fail. I have to go back in for another blood workup. I told him, I'm not a horse, don't shoot me. I'm really worth saving. He just laughed.

Posted: Tue Jun 13, 2017 6:59 pm

I just got a call from my cardiologist. He wanted me to do a nuclear stress test, since his EKG showed loss of function in the left ventricle, lower left part. That's new and cannot be explained by the heart attach I had in 1996. He said it looks like I might have had a heart attack during my emergency colostomy. I took the stress test last week and he got the results back today. He won't clear me for the reconnection surgery without an office consultation because the results were more abnormal than expected. In the past, 2 of 3 stress tests required follow-up cardio-catheterization to examine some damage. I have one cardiac artery 65% blocked, the valve between my right article and right ventricle is only 65% efficient, and there is significant damage to the rear wall of my right ventricle. I suspect there is new significant damage to my left ventricle where it feeds into my aorta and that's what my cardiologist wants to talk about. I suspect I am about to have another heart catheterization to find out how much damage there is and how much ability I have lost. My appointment to see him is not until August 10, so if I can still have the reconnection, it won't be done until September. Please continue to pray for me. This is discouraging and disturbing news and I need thoughts and prayers please.

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