Had my op!

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Had my op on Tuesday 7th February now it's Saturday 11th February early morning.

Got moved from bowel ward yesterday teatime to a women's surgical ward. Very quiet here, no beeping machines disturbing sleep so that's good. Didn't feel that well during the night. Freezing cold, & horrible sensation of room spinning. Blood pressure good no temperature wondered if I was dehydrated? Been emptying Stanley myself but now have to have nurses measure how much passing. Too much just as bad as too little apparently. Monitoring what I'm drinking as well. Pigged out on small jacket potato with grated cheese( not to eat the potato skin) & small raspberry mousse for Friday supper- woo hoo! Then had lot of stomach pain trying to shift gases etc. That will teach me. Slowly & small amounts! Anyway this morning have showered early, obsessed I'm smelly, & I'm enjoying a mug of tea. Still streaming with cold which is a pain & more annoying than bowel. Life is strange isn't it?!

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    Hi bustergut1,

    Still early days, I guess, but it's a steep learning curve from what I understand. You've underone a major operation and losing your colon must be a trauma forn the body - and the mind too, irrespective of whether you're consciously aware of it. As you say, life is very strange at times and we can do no more than face it head on and deal with its ups and downs as best we can. To repeat what I wrote yesterday, you're an inspiration and will be giving great encouragement to others experiencing serious health issues.

    I wish you a speedy recovery and a great life still to come.

    Pete  xx  


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    How do you feel? How long you in hospital for? You sound quite chirpy which is good. My auntie had her colon removed yrs ago and she lives a normal happy life. I suppose it will take some time to get used to. I hope you have a speedy recovery xx
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      Hi kelly58419

      Morning early Sunday 12th 6.30am. Had better nights sleep. Saturday early evening my cold & annoying cough caused me to slightly split an area on my lower abdomen

      . Area was sore & tight probably due to a previous unrelated op 13 years ago & scar tissue being there. A few steri strips & dressing sorted it out. I have to be able to change Stanley the stomas bag on my own then checked today. Managed it yesterday. Tomorrow (monday 13th)the stoma nurses back on duty so they will visit & I'll show them if I'm doing it right! They're also monitoring the output from bag. I'm drinking fizzy salty phosphate(new), plus normal meds-gastro tablet, calcium, & my steroids still same except increased from 20mg a day to 30 for now. Still very tired. Had only husband & daughter visit first 3 days & 2 friends separately yesterday. Completely diffifferent to how 'I'd planned' it would be. Loads of friends saying they'd be in to see me! They want to but you have to pace yourself & rest or it all gets too much. Everyone

      says I look really well so that's a bonus!

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    I know its s major op but I'm sure it will be worth it in the end. I dont know your situation but I've heard a few people who hve had the op and say it's changed their life for the best.

    I can imagine how tired you must be and its good you've got some sleep.

    I suppose it all takes time to get used to. Take each day as it comes xx

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