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Hi everyone, I'm giving you an update from my last post. Since then I've been in the hospital again in the beginning of March for 2 days. This time there was no abscess like the last 2 thankfully. So I was given more iv antibiotics and then some to take at home for a total of almost a month of those awful drugs. 1 month later I was back again, same thing diverticulitis no abscess but because of my history they put back in the hospital for a couple of days and more drugs which are now becoming increasingly difficult to take due to horrendous side effects. So now due to the fact I've had 4 episodes 2 with abcesses since February 2018 I've been booked for a resection May 6th. But first I am having a colonoscopy tomorrow April 17. This is to see what is going on from the inside so the surgeons can prepare. I've had 3 cat scans since March 1st. The last one showed a thickening of the intestinal walls of about 6 cm in length. I will have 2 surgeons by my side that day which is comforting. At this point they do not know if it will be a laparoscopic surgery or a full open or if I'll have a temporary colostomy bag or not. For me I was told 15 years ago I had diverticuli. But I had no symptoms. Also I have NEVER been constipated. However I do think I've had food sensitivities for may years that went undetected plus as a youngster I was given unnecessary antibiotics as a prophylactic so I wouldn't get sick after I had open heart surgery to correct a small hole in the heart I was born with. I believe the unnecessary antibiotics messed up my intestines to the point of no return. Probiotic's have helped immensely however even the strongest can't repair the damage. So, for me a person who has always eaten cleanly, never been constipated, always very active, took probiotic's and supplements, doesn't eat gluten or dairy and very little red meat, is a bit overweight but otherwise is very healthy, this has affected me greatly. I am hoping the surgery is a means to the end of this painful insidious nightmare. I want my life back. Even if it means a temporary bag. I will keep everyone in the loop as I continue to go through this journey. If you have any questions or comments feel free to add them. Love and hugs to all my diver friends. 🙂💜👍
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