Thank you, thank you Redneon, Bill & Linda. If it hadn't been for you guys, I probably would have been more tempted to chicken out again! But I am SO glad I went ahead and had it done. Really, all in all, I'm feeling much much better than I anticipated.
In fact, I was thinking I'd lose weight through the process but, unfortunately, think I'm gaining! Go figure. I day of bowel prep, 1 day of surgery--no food, 1 day of constant vomiting & diahhrea, 1 day of liquids & diahrea, finally a day of soft diet. The day after I got home, I weight myself (day 2 soft diet) and I had GAINED 3 pounds!! How DOES that happen??
Redneon--your tip re: stretching straight out instead of curling in when you cough REALLY REALLY works!! Thank you so much. I would never have guessed, or tried, that if you hadn't suggested it. SO helpful!
My appetite is very good
My bowel movements are really getting back to normal--a few variations but I'm surprised how quickly it's all returning.
I've definitely stayed to the low residue, low fiber diet as outlined on the handout they gave me at the hospital. So far so good.
The unexpected problems I'm having have been not being able to treat the sinus cough with sudafed because my blood pressure's been so high (even though I'm taking my blood pressure medicine). They prescribed me tessalon pearls but it just treats the symptoms not the cause like the sudafed does. Plus I've had almost a constant heaviness in my chest (feels like an elephant foot constantly pressing down on it) with periodic pinching pain twinges. I'm keeping up with my spirometer & am doing terrific on that, so I don't think that's the problem. Really, I think it's just all my post-nasal-drip gathering in my throat & chest.
I really really loved my surgeon. But one problem I have with the whole current medical establishment is no one treats the 'whole person.' e.g. the surgeon called me back directly about the tearing pains. Said it was typical--especially where I was having it--just like you all did. But deferred the high blood pressure etc to my gp.
GP was out so another (after several hours, communicating back & forth through a nurse) wouldn't increase my blood pressure medicine, told me not to take sudafed, and prescribed the tessalon drops.
Back in the hospital, the surgeon wanted the anasthesiologist to deal with the post-surgical pain management (as he knew how allergic I was to narcotics & rightly acknowledged that the anas. was more knowledgeable about drugs) but the anasthesiologist wanted the surgeon to be in charge of it.
Of course neither of them wanted to be bothered with the high blood pressure problems.
Anyway, I wish I could find someone like my surgeon that dealt with me as a whole. Probably an impossible dream, huh, given this day of cost-controls, insurance curbs, runaway lawsuits & judgements, etc. It's a shame.
On the other hand, I am indeed the thankful recipient of all the new marvelous medical miracles. I can't believe how good I feel less than a week after general anasthetic with 12" of bowel removed and an hour of adhesions being cut away!
To those reading this who are considering this operation, I learned more things through this process of why they really do encourage you to get the surgery. Many of my adhesions were due to the 4 episodes of diverticulitis I had. Even though I didn't think 3 of them were that painful, they ALL do damage. I guess I have a higher pain tolerance than I thought. Anyway, when your colon gets infected and swelled, it can cause it to adhere to the abdominal wall, pelvic floor, or other organs--which of course causes a lot of additional problems. Didn't know that.
I'm really looking forward to just feeling better and better each day, and especially a future no longer filled with fear of the 'ticking time bomb' of another diverticulitis episode.
There is a bruise starting to appear under the incision that hurts so much. I'm thinking that incision is the farthest away from where the cutting was done, so more of the muscles and tissue were bruised and moved around with the operation of the instrument. But when I called for my follow-up appointment with the surgeon today, I had the option of making it this next Monday (3/3) or the Monday after that (3/10). I took 3/3 (11 days post-op) just in case it was anything more. You think wise? or better to wait until 3/10??
I was considering having everyone over to our house for Easter (12-18 people, depending on who can come). But that would only be about 1 month post-surgery. You think too much too soon, or go for it??
Well, getting tired so am going to finish up a few other things online & go lay down a bit. Oh, re: the pain medication, what really works for me and which I'm going to do unless someone gives me sound reasons not to, is I take 2 ibuprofin followed up 1 hour later with 1 tylenol. That combo always does the trick for me--and absolutely NO nausea, headache, dizzyness or anything.
Bill, I briefly saw on another thread that you were wondering whether you should 'retire' from this board but I have to tell you, you've been a godsend to me.
Please hang in there a couple more weeks if only, selfishly for me!!
Thank you all,