Resection, You are a sure encouragement. I am glad you are both Christians. My x husband never has gotten saved. Won't bore you and go there but it sure didn't help our marriage is my point. No matter how I tried. Now, I have a Christian husband. My x left my son and me so it wasn't my idea cuz it about did me in but the Lord had other plans. I know He hates divorce but He doesn't like unpeaceful house either.
It takes two to make a marriage work and you both seem to have the idea down.
It is great to read your post and see that things are working well for you all.
You are in my prayers. I go see the GI doctor Monday so we will see what happens.
God bless , Polly
Jen, Thank you. Yes, God does. I will be praying for you too. I will write that date down so I don't forget. Do you have kids? Just curiuos. What else do you like to do?
I have a son 20,stepson 28 and stepdaugther 24. I will be praying for you because God made us and He sure can heal us. Will be in touch. Thanks and bless you , Polly
Let's see ... Polly you are getting the colonoscopy at a proper facility on Monday right? Prep school is a drag, but I suggest you forget about the embarrassing nature of the event. They do it for a living. Make the most of the sedatives. After all of the pain and worrying so much, it can be a nice change. Take music and headphones too. You have IBS with non-specific pain similar to stones, but no stones? I know people that have had stones. I hear it is bad. If they thought you had them, then I know you are in serious pain. I hope they find what is causing your problems, and that it is not hard to treat. You just had a CT to rule out stones, and you did not comment on the prominence of diverticula nor thickening nor fluids nor things like that, so there may be a good chance that is not in the cards for you. Divers can be a cause of disruption to your style not to mention painful.
Jenny, you are plagued with pain that is taking making your BP shoot up. Exploratory on Thursday the 13th, with some adhesion removal if possible.
I along with many others, will be praying for you and your families both. I am on the hook for PTG5 as well. I promised to pray for her and her daddy too. No problem, I am happy to do it. It is the very least that I can do. So much has been given to me. Besides, your posts provided me with more support than you might realize, and for that, I am also truly thankful.
Don't get too excited though. I am neither holy nor saved. I am just a Joe that is trying, and not all that hard, to be a better person. I do believe prayer and faith are both good medicine. If I were a true Christian, I would pray with as much intensity all of the time, not just when I am in ginormous pain or facing a major surgery. Already, I see myself falling into my old routine as my health returns. So, I will pray for you health, and you can pray for my spirituality. Deal?
Thanks for the prayer hon, I know i will be feeling everyones prayers that day.
I am happily married (30 yrs) , only one son (27 yrs) don't work outside the home anymore. I worked at an elementary school as secretary for almost 10 yrs. Left that and a few years later opened an antique and gift shop with my sis. OH DO I LOVE antiques lol. Love the business, the buying, finding just the PERFECT peice for someone. Had that for a few years, but its long and hard work, trust me. The shop was opened 7 days a week and we hired someone to work maybe two - three days a week, but it wasnt for us to rest lol. It was for sis and i to go to out of town auctions and estate sales. Then the paperwork on top of that and also we went to the dallas tradecenter to order new stuff since it was a gift shop as well. It was hard work but the best time ive had as well. Loved the customers. Had to finally sell due to my health, my fibromyalgia really kicked in around then and i was exhausted all the time and hurting. Also this adhesion/tummy problem really is bad.
Now i am caretaker to my parents. Take care of all their bills, doc appts, meds, errands, medicare stuff, you name it. Its hard work, dont get paid for it, LOL, but hey someone has to do it and they took care of me while i was growing up so its my turn.
My son is in the film business in austin and cohosts a christian tv talk show on saturday mornings called Regeneration. Its also broadcast over the internet so, sat mornings im on here and the phone with the tech people. Have to tell them if theres any problems and keep checking volume, and if its streaming late or not. He is assistant casting director at a casting agency , plus in charge of the media ministry (televised) at his church so im always doing some kind of research for him as well as my neice who lives with me, shes studying to be a pharmacist. So i do alot of her research stuff on the internet and help with her homework lol since she also works 30 hrs per week.
MAYBE ONE DAY when theyre both making BIG BUCKS they'll remember Moi!!
ya think??? LOL
Other than that i love to read poetry and cuddle with my sweet hubby and play with my auburn colored poodle named ginger. I keep pretty busy or at least on those days i feel up to doing things. So thats basically my life right now lol. Boring but i love it (other than the pain that is). How about you, do you work outside the home??
Love and hugs,
Hi Resection, Didn't mean to confuse you. Monday I just go talk to the GI doctor. History al that stuff. My GP did order a colonoscopy but need to get that all set up.Yes, They did a cat scan to rule out kidney stones or obstruction. The cat scan was mainly for kidney,badder study so not sure if they even check the bowel out. I do have 4 in the left kidney but they are small. I had a 10mm a few yrs ago. Talk about Pain... it was painful. The uro doctor did lithotripsy on that after he pushed it back up some. I have passed one stone that was 5mm. That is why this pain was very similar in nature but yet now I compare it and sort of different too. Achy,sharp ect to the point I wanted to cry. I have never had my IBS be like that. So we will see... and I am depending on the Lord to give this new GI doctor wisdom. Not just brush it off. My GP doctor is so good. He treats you like it is you and that you are the one that needs help instead of saying well people don't feel this in relationship to that.. Ex. He said those 4 stones all though small could still be causing my kidney pain. My uro doctor and he is a good doctor but said no way. My GP said there is that one possibility it could.
Thank you for your advice. I am like you I get kind of nervous about that kind of thing but yet like you said they see it all. lol I guess what helped me on that is when I had to have a lower GI once I think it was... got over being self conconcious very fast that time. lol Thank you so much.I am continuing to pray for you and your wife and family. Bless you, Polly
How exciting to be help you son. That is so nice you can do that but tiring too I can imagine. Know you get tired with your fibro though. My husband's sister has it and it makes her hurt so much. Actually, I think my husband has it too cuz he hurts all the time. I think since we have been married I remember one day he was totally pain free.
He has been to doctors and non offer any relief. I feel sorry for him.
Let me see, I don't work outside the home since I got remarried. I did for awhile after my divorce. Not my choose as I said eailer but God turned things around for me and now I am happily married. I found who I was again during the time after the divorce. I had really lost who I was and didn't know it.I couldn't find work and God helped me get in a Cert. Nursing training program. I have my degree in graphic art but never was able to get a job in that either.They wanted experience. Now, I like to paint. Watercolors mostly.
I enjoy painting landscapes and that kind of thing. I draw sometimes but perfer painting.I like to make Jewelry and work with Polymer clay. Take long walks when I can. We have a cabin my husband built and like to go up there. It is not fancy. Still don't have electric but one day God willing. We were hoping to get a right of way and it would be afforable but the guy won't do it so it will be over $10,000 so still praying on that one.
It is so peaceful up there. I really like it.
I have two ferrets. Smokey and Bandit that keep me busy. They are a hoot.
I like to read too. The bible,art and crafts magazines and others.
I will keep you in my prayers and pray everything goes well. Is your son's tv show on TBN or anything? Bless you Jen, Thank you for your prayers too.Hugs, Polly
Hi RS, You asked about Mom's friend having the surgery. He's about 42 and the rumor at "the home" where he and his wife care for 6 elderly folks, is that they would remove four feet of intestine. His wife said this as well as some of the old ladies, so perhaps it is true. When I was visiting he was already in the hospital for several days to reduce infection - apparently the doc said he "came close to perforation." IV meds to clear stuff up before they operate. So I really don't have a lot of info. He's an awfully nice guy so I have been concerned. The ladies where Mom lives, average age (no kidding!) is over 85, were abuzz about whether he would "make it."
As always it's great reading your meditations on food, marriage, gratitude to God and faith.... aren't we all alike in so many ways? And don't feel too bad about praying more when the going gets tough... God understands. But He does appreciate a quick THANKS on the good days too! Hugs to your sweet wife, and to you,
How are you Lolly? Nice to see you are lurking around my thread again. It IS a sticky web. I gave you a chance to buck the SugarPop handle. Either you only bristled mildly and you will let me get away with it, you felt sorry for me and gave a chauvinista a break and now you regret it, or you like it.
Santa says, “Are you talking sweet those high-fiber, resected girls again?” “Who are all of these women and what do you know about them?” “Enough,” says I. I know what resected girls will do.
Yes, it was one hell of an experience. My new perspective is here and permanent. Something like this can’t not change you. I think you are right. This next trip around the sun will be different. Glad I kept you laughing. I went back and checked. Except for limiting popcorn, you are the same girl you were before. I found that post moderately encouraging prior to the surgery. I told my sister I was afraid I would go in as me, and come back with a female colon. My sister from Louisiana (I have a sib there too) says, “And what’s wrong with that?” Nothing, but I knew that “female colon” comment would get here goat good. Real good! Even facing death, I know how to wind up her springs.
Good to hear from you too. Nice. Sounds like some very, very, nice ladies. Put $50 on the diver over at the home for me. Excepting co-morbidity issues like major obesity, pulmonary and/or cardiac problems, at 42, he was looking at an 8% to 15% termination if he popped. Cut that in half now that he is in the hospital. He probably will not pop in the hospital. Since he has tolerated the IV meds for three or four days, my guess is he is now in the 94% to 98% club. In another couple of days he might move from a purple top to a blue top. Think about gallons of milk. When he gets the baby blue top, he only has a ½% to 1% mortality rate at that stage.
Going to the doctor when you are sick is so important. Hell, getting regular check-ups is important. Early detection is the key to treating so many problems. Not just this one either. I am stunned to read about people on this board pooping blood for months and months without going to the doctor. That is just crazy.
I will tell you the whole story of three breasts someday. But, here is the short version: One breast each belonging to my wife, my mother, and my aunt (the one with the bag) had problems. Failure to get a regular mammogram cost my aunt two surgeries, a lot of pain, and her breast. She is about to go through all of the chemo now and it is going to hurt, badly.
The other ladies have no cancer and except for some big-time fright, have not really had it all that bad. No chemo. The radiation was low dose, site specific, brachy with virtually no side effects or pain for my mom. Santa has had a handful of needle biopsies and a couple of lumpectomies but thank God keeps coming back benign. She has a great image database and was accepted into a good breast center here in Houston. She has a fast growing, dense lumpy breast disease and has the family history for the bad stuff. I will make sure she stays in the program.
Mom is a pink ribbon wearing, cancer free, example of how early detection can even stop highly, aggressive forms of cancer with very little effort.
Tangent: Back to the diver. If the ladies want even money on a less grisly outcome, they should bet on colostomy vs no-colostomy probabilities. Full blown infection will result in a colostomy. Period. Infection mostly gone but inflammation persisting is the wager space I am talking about.
Inflamed tissue is much more likely to fail at the anastomosis. So, they either take more of the colon than they might otherwise, or they keep him on the meds and zero food until the inflammation abates. If they went in today after just 4 days on meds, I’d say 50/50 on the colostomy depending on how close to the diseased tissue the inflammation falls off. If we are talking about more than a few inches on both sides, the colostomy would be the protocol. That way they preserve more hose, and hook him back up later. The hook up carries risk too, so if the additional inches are few, then you lose them and save having to go back in for the reconnect.
If they are planning on keeping him in the hospital all the way until surgery say two weeks, my guess is 20/80 on the bag. Economics, not appearance is the real driver. Well enough to handle surgery and well enough to handle the surgery without the bad are too different things.
In my case, I was released from the hospital, got a colonoscopy and told I would probably never have to worry about it again. Then I got sick 10 days later. Got a new doctor, as the last one failed my basic doctor test. Looking for 30 days w/o pain and inflammation before they went in. Got better, then got sick again. I was in the emergency room with another bout two weeks to the day before surgery. I finished the 10 day antibiotic program on Tuesday and they carved me on Friday.
As the bouts become more frequent, severe, and harder to treat, the surgeons move the clock down from 30 days to 15 days to “within one week” of ending the antibiotics.
I was probably only running a 10% bag risk at most only 10 days after infection. I had a good prep. I was religious about the meds. And, I tolerated the major antibiotics just prior to going in well. Also, I had a cool cucumber for a surgeon.
Yes, I thank God daily. But, I have to tell you. It had a lot more meaning these last few days. I hope I can maintain this level of personal joy and excitement without turning people around me off. I am on a very high place right now, and it is great.
Glad to know I am bringing you guys laughter from time to time. And, a little encouragement too. Good to hear from you both.
Weight: 163.5 lbs. That is a drop of 5.5 - 6 lbs since pre-op.
Mood: Not bad, the drugs keep me a little down though. I am not quite my normally wonderful self.
Food: I had a little cereal and yogurt this AM. I did not eat much yesterday. Not much of an appetite. I get nauseous from time to time. I think it is the Vike. I am getting plenty of fluids.
Brain: House is starting to close in on me. Santa gets to go to work on Monday so I won’t drive her crazy. The Good Lord provides.
Pain: I would say I am uncomfortable to “in pain” more so these last two days. After days of considering my situation, as quite tolerable, I am no longer liking it. Maybe it is all just relative. Compared to what I was feeling a week ago, I felt like a king. Compared to what I felt a few days ago, I am “in pain”. Tummy is a little bloated, did not visit the potty yesterday. Hoping for today. Getting out of bed in the morning is a real painful chore. It gets better from there on out. I really should not gripe about the pain. A week ago yesterday, was crazy bad. Too bad I feel this way. I would love to be able to exercise. Maybe I am confusing being tired with being in pain.
Temp: I have run a low grade fever since I was in the hospital, but I have been sweating pretty good when I sleep especially these last two days, and my temp has risen slighly to 99.8. I am keeping an eye on it. The hot flashes and the increased pain are probably related.
Work: I cleared voicemails from my cell. And logged into the corporate email. Does not too bad. I have not listened to my voicemails at the office. Going to clear them all this weekend. I could have done it on Wednesday through Friday, but I was too tired and just not in the mood. Except for regularly walking around the neighborhood, I have not done a damn thing around the house. I think I better get active for my mental health.
Estimated Days Remaining To Returning To The Office: 9.
Errata: No real complaints. There is a pretty good storm going on. The neighborhood is experiencing some backstreet flooding. No walking in this mess. Despite my bloated tummy, it is starting to “reattach” itself to my muscle wall, or the bruised swelling is going down or whatever. I never had discoloration. So, not bruised in the sense I was black and blue, just that parts of my belly are tender. Two of the wounds never have had any pain. Amazing, I can mash around the area and I feeling nothing. Some areas are still numb, like you lip at the dentist’s office. So, as the swelling is falling off, my abs are looking more like my abs did. It is just that incision where all of the real work was done. That spot hurts like the devil.
Tomorrow: Tomorrow is my birthday. I am happy to be alive, and my family I am alive.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY tomorrow!!! Your recovery sounds much like my husband's 2 months ago from gall bladder removal (laparascopic) - with the great variety of levels of discomfort from the "holes" with the largest taking a while to feel OK. He missed sleeping on his stomach, and got up awfully slowly for about 2-3 weeks. Tried being off pain meds too soon and went back on them. No point suffering! I understand the cabin fever and mixed feelings about returning to work. I'll bet you look forward to just feeling more like yourself and that day will fast approach. Don't forget some people that you've never met have had you lifted up in prayer, and care about how you are doing. If you've never tried meditation, it might be a great time to experiment. Think of peace... and healing... and your marvelous list of things you're grateful for.... having another birthday, your family, friends, and good medical care. Patients need a LOT of patience to get through this healing time.... never a doubt about that!
Keep smiling, don't eat too much cake, and have a fun birthday,
Thanks. And, thanks for reminding me about the sleep thing. I can't believe I never mentioned that in my diary. Being stuck on my back when I sleep is tough. I think every morning, man, I got to write this down. I am soooooo sore.
I can roll onto one side or the other, but only for a few minutes. Haven't really tried anything on my belly. That is one of the reason I think I am so sore in the morning. The busted abs keep me in one spot all night.
The backs of my legs and my hiney are tired of sleeping like that too. I guess it is such a minor detail, I keep forgetting about it.
Keep me posted on the diver from the home. I got my money on him.
WOW snodove, Im so impressed hon!! Youre a nurse, a painter, a degree in graphic design, jewelry maker, crafts. You are one very busy woman lol. that is absolutely wonderful hon.
Im sorry to hear your hubby might have fibro. It does tend to run in families and ohhh wow, is it painful. My mum has it too poor thing. Except she cant take any pain pills for it. EVERYTHING and ANYTHING,, even a tylenol knocks her out for hours. I tell her its so she can rest but shes afraid to die in her sleep so she wont take even tylenol. Shed rather take aspirin. Says that helps the pain and wont put her to sleep.
No, sons tv show is on austin cable tv. Its a different format type show, and people get to call in at almost the end and ask questions regarding the topic of the show or their guests. He loves it, but thats just one side of him, lol hes so busy thats why we have to schedule ourselves IN just to have LUNCH with him. Drive 3 hours there, have lunch, then hubby and i turn around and drive back home. LOL. One day tho, we'll move up closer to him, thats my dream.
Im so glad GOD brought someone into your life hon who is there for you. Its so much easier when you go thru things with someone who loves you holding your hand isnt it??
Have to run for now, talk to you later,
Jen have a great afternoon sweetie
Hi Jen, Oops I didn't want to give you the wrong idea. I had looked at least eight months and couldn't find work but God helped me get into a program for Ceritified nurse assistant. It was a God given job. I really liked it but it got me really stressed. I hated not being able to do more and the time they gave us to do what we did was unreal. Not good. I then had trouble with my son. He was around 14 and 15 and I had to get day shift work. God helped me again when I got a job working with the mentally handicapped on day shift and my weekends off. Yeah. So it was nice to get back to church ect. My jewelry making is just for fun and if I can sell some great. I love to paint though. My graphic art never went very far said to say but God knows what I needed. Thanks so much. I wish I could get your son's show. It would be nice.
God bless you and thanks for the encouragement. Yes it is nice to have someone support you. I think sometimes I have had so much lately though hubby gets tired of it. I was a premie and sometimes I am just thankful to be here. Born 3 months early. Hugs , Polly