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Whilst recovering from emergency bowel surgery this year I was scared and unsure of exactly what would happen next.The first thing I did after wakening up from the surgery was look up perforated bowel to see what exactly that meant and how long the recovery time was and there were not many stories out there. I decided at that point that after fully recovering from the surgery I would post my story including all the messy details for those who find themselves in a similar position.
My name is Connie I'm a 21 year old female from the west of Scotland. On saturday 21st July I had been at a 21st party with my partner Ian and we had come home after several ciders at 11pm, I fell straight to sleep but woke up at 3am because of a stabbing pain across my abdomen. I took some pain killers and decided to asses the pain later on in the morning.
At 7am the pain was getting worse and after phoning nhs24 they feared it could be appendicitis and suggested I head to A+E, which I did soon after. Whilst waiting in A+E the pain was going from extremely sharp to dull every few minutes and I felt frustrated waiting in the middle of the Sunday madness. I was moved into a small room and put into a gown, they took blood tests and urine tests before having me reviewed over the next few hours by three different specialist doctors to try and find out what was causing the pain. The pain by the end of these examinations was now constant and I had requested more pain relief over the last 2 hours, the only option left was to give me morphine.
After giving me morphine I was admitted to a surgical ward at around 5pm, from then it's blurry due to the high doses of morphine and tramadol, I was given iv antibiotics over night and told I would get an abdominal scan on the Monday morning now that they had my pain under control. I remember wakening up during the night upset.
The next morning was Monday and I was taken for a scan straight away then told to fast after breakfast. I slept on and off throughout the day and my mum and Ian visited in the evening. The doctor and surgeon came to speak to us and informed us they would be taking me down for exploratory surgery that night as they believed from the scan that it was appendicitis.
Monday night I was taken down to theatre, I'm told they operated for a total of 3 and a half hours and they found whilst doing the exploratory surgery that part of my bowel had perforated/ruptured and that they had to remove the perforated section, sew my bowel back up and suck up all the poison that had leaked out.
I spent the next week with and extremely swollen stomach and being told continuously how lucky I was to have survived that, and how lucky I was not to have a colostomy bag.
I was told to only drink clear fluids for 48 hours and put onto a drip to keep me hydrated. After those 48 hours I was told to try and eat however nothing stayed down, I found myself being sick instantly after eating and it wasn't until the friday afternoon (4 days post op) that I managed a small amount.
I was allowed to go home to continue my recovery on the Saturday morning as long as I could eat small amounts, which I somehow managed regardless of how sick I felt. The surgeons reviewed me daily during my week stay in hospital and on my last morning they removed me dressings to reveal my surgical wounds (3cm from my belly button downwards, small incisions at bikini line) which were sloughy and leaking and felt my stomach which was softer as the swelling had finally gone down.
I was sent home with a 6-8 week sick line and told I would be sent biopsy results in due course. The only job now was to recover and regain my appetite. I had lost weight during my week stay in hospital going from 9stone 4lbs to 8stone 6lbs and over the first week I concentrated on resting and eating really. The after care instructions for my wounds were simply to keep them clean dry and uncovered at all times and it took roughly 2 weeks 3 days for the slough and leaking to stop.
I'm now 8 weeks post surgery, my wounds look great and I'm a healthy 9 stone in weight, I hope my story helps anyone else in a similar situation to know what's ahead.
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