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I'm new to the forum. I wanted to share my story and get some feedback from fellow sufferers rather than speak to my care team. OK....
I had two attacks of acute diverticulitis, one in 2013 and one in 2014, the latter being more serious. I was treated both times with IV antibiotics but decided that two hospital admissions was enough. Not knowing when the next attack was going to be was an awful feeling.
So I decided there and then to have elective surgery to remove my sigmoid section of colon once I had recovered from the diverticulitis and in Jan 2015 I went in for the op. It was keyhole initially to cut and rejoin the colon, woke up from the op, a little sore but no stoma. Then whilst I was still in hospital some 48 hours after the op I deteriorated. The complication was the rejoin had come apart and I was passing waste into my body which gave me faecal peritonitis. The pain was unbeleivable. I had to have emergency surgery after a CT scan confirmed what had happened. It was at this point I had a laparotomy and a colostomy formed (Hartmann's Procedure). I spent then 2 weeks in hospital. That was in January.
Then in August 2015 I went in again to get the colostomy reversed (Hartmann's Reversal) which was to rejoin my colon. I was given an ileostomy to allow the anastomosis (join) to heal. The ileostomy right now isn't easy - even after 7 months training with the colostomy.
I've had the ileostomy for 7 months now & (hopefully) within 2 months time I will get the ileostomy reversed (which I have been told is a simple procedure - maybe 2 days in hospital if no complications) and then I should be able to function normally. Obviously a little unsteady at first. The purpose of the colon is to reabsorb water from waste so less colon less absorbtion. This should settle after several months but I'm sure I will be taking Loperamide tablets for a little bit.
That's my story, I've not aired this to anyone other than friends, family and colleagues before. It is a nightmare but hopefully for me there is light at the end of the tunnel (if nothing else goes wrong) and I appreciate for many people going through serious illness there is no light at the end of the tunnel. Knowing this adds to my emotions, my heart goes out to all tnose suffering, both here and in hospitals nationwide.
So now I am looking at what is in store for me after I get the ileostomy closed. What can I expect? What was your experience. I don't want to be pessimistic but also don't want to be over optimistic. All I want is a good nights uninterrupted sleep and be able to enjoy my hobby of landscape photography and hill walking without sudden urges to go though I'm sure I'm going to have to "work with the condition" rather than return to comp,ete normality.
Thank you for lustening/reading my story.
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