Post-Colon Resection - What to expect?
I am a 39 male. I am having my lap sig colon resection this Friday, April 23, 2004. I have had five bouts of diverticulitis under my belt. One landed me in the hospital. Three have been in the last four months: Jan, Feb, April.
My wife is afraid I will die if I do not get the resection. Besides, life with my gut is becoming a nuisance. So, I am not overly concerned about the pain. It will be what it will be and from what I read, it does not last forever. Donít get me wrong, I am nervous, maybe even frightened somewhat, but worrying is not going to change the outcome. I read another post that helped to put things in perspective Ö at least it is not a terminal condition. The man with no shoes complained until he saw the man with not feet.
My last supper is on Monday. Three days without food seems like that might be pretty tough too.
Of course, I hope everything goes according to textbook. Beyond that, I hope I deal with it in a courageous and dignified way. Maybe there is no way to have a dignified colon procedure.
My purpose for coming to the boards today is to help with the fear. It is not crippling, but I am jumpy. Also, I do not have a good feel for what life after the first three or four months is really like. For some people, it looks like there diet is forever altered. How bad is it? What is totally out? What is the same? What is different?
Can someone who has been there hold my hand and tell me straight? What is life on the other side like?
Counting down the days to the resection Ö..