I wanted to wait to post an update . . . wait until my medicine brain fog was gone or just wait until I had the energy and stamina to write a “really good post.” But I realize that it’s been a week since my surgery and since not all of my readers are on Facebook, a week is a long time to wait for an update.
This post won’t be pretty or witty: just the facts, the beautiful facts that prayers have been answered.
- I had the surgery! The surgeon did the exam/scope and saw that the opening wasn’t all that narrow after all. He said the X-ray “tricked” us into thinking it was narrower than it really was. I personally believe that God worked a miracle (after all, even the GI who did the scope said it was narrow).
- Because I had the takedown surgery, this means I no longer have a bag. My “innards” are all back together. As thankful as I am for modern medicine and for the ostomy/ileostomy making recovery possible, I’m also thankful to no longer have any extra appendages on the outside of my body. At the same time, I’m thankful and amazed that this “technology” exists for those who can be helped, especially long term, by it. Through this journey, I’ve read multiple stories of people who have “regained” their life because of an ostomy/ileostomy.
- The journey is not over. I’m still trying to manage the pain from surgery, though it is significantly less than the previous two. My whole GI system, to one extent or another, has been dormant for a significant period of time and is not appreciating the wake up call. One of the hardest things, again, is balance:
- I need to sleep and rest to recover, but I can’t stay immobile too long for fear of constipation.
- I need to take pain meds so that my body can recover without undue stress, but if I take too much / too long, it will cause constipation.
- I’m having a hard time recognizing if pain is from the surgery (therefore helped by pain meds) or from irritation to the colon / gas bubbles / possible constipation, etc (which are not helped at all by pain meds).
- Also, I wonder if my careful, gentle, but determined, way of dealing with impending constipation is irritating my colon a bit. Hmm.
- My diet is not super restrictive, but still requires some thought. I actually have to do the opposite of the diet while on the ileostomy. No more apple sauce and thickening foods. Now I want to drink DURING supper and all the time in between. Back on low fiber and avoiding acidic foods. Those of you who know me well know food is not my thing 😉
- Because of the pain / feeling crummy and sore, food often doesn’t sounds good and walking hurts like crazy . . . and yet those two things are often what help me the most . . . as long as it’s not too much! 🙂 I feel like a juggler not doing too well with juggling.
- Seriously though, as unpleasant as the feelings/pain/yuckiness has been, it is NOTHING when I compare it to the previous two recoveries. Knowing that (as far as I know) I am recovering to get back to normal life and not just for the next surgery also helps me plug away.
I would like to ask for prayer that I would have wisdom in recognizing what my body is trying to tell me and to manage that information well. Thank you again for your prayers. They are being answered!