Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Drug induced posting

I'm back from the hospital and heavily drugged so you have all been forewarned.  Everything went as expected.  The drain was accidently caught in the stitches.  It took more time to prep me for this than the actual procedure.  I woke up quickly, actually before they were completely done in the surgical room.  And now I am just back at home to relax and recover.  After the IV meds wear off I will be in slightly more pain then I was this morning, before this procedure.  But, damn I am happy that stupid drain is gone.  It was a real pain. 

This next paragraph is not for the light of heart.  Friends and fam you don't have to read it.  It is more for those who have been through this or are about to go through this surgery.


After waking up from this procedure today, I experienced the "anal leaking" I had heard about. I heard that it feels like you need to have a bowel movement, but no not me.  I had no notice.  At first I thought my period was back (lovely Aunt Flo decided to visit me in the hospital while recovering surgery.  How about that for timing?!), but then I realized there was more "in back" then "in front".  So I am donning a pad and hoping that helps.  Later I felt a odd urge so I went back to bathroom and expelled more bloody mucus.  But, it definitely didn't feel anything like having to go the bathroom.  I don't get grossed out too much with bodily fluids, but this was surely high on my gross-out meter.  Which reminds me, in future postings I should tell you of my 1st 2nd and 3rd bag accidents.  Actually 2 of them were not my fault.  And one is quite comical.  But I will save those for another day.  I'm off to lay down and enjoy my meds.  


Paula said...

Glad the tube is out. I don't know why but I'm obsessed with your blog and all links about your disease. I read about the anal leaking and was wondering if you were going to experience that, sorry to hear you did.

That damn aunt flo she just doesn't know when she isn't welcome!!!
Looking forward to tomorrow's post!

Anonymous said...

Glad to hear the tube it out...sorry to hear about the leaking...doesnt sound like much fun. Glad to know you are home again and I hope the meds treat you well! Talk to you soon. Love, Jess

Keri said...

Glad that they were able to get the tube out without any further problems.

Sugarmouth O'Riordan said...

I think it's not uncommon for women to get their periods after major surgery like yours (I know I got mine after my resection). As for the leakage, I imagine that it's just your colon processing the last of whatever you had going on in there.

I've had an ileostomy for 125 days now (not that I'm counting or anything) and pass the occasional bit of mucus, gas, and itty bitty poops (I call them fake turds for whatever reason). I hope that your leakage backs off a bit and your sphincter wakes up so it can get back to doing its job. :)

Anonymous said...

Hi Steph,
The sundresses were nothing! My next shopping will be to find some kind of fall smock/dresses, kind of like the ones your old kindergarten or first grade teachers wore. But of course I'll try to find more stylish ones for you. Jessi and I are going to look around the mall tomorrow. What about some of the cute long tops that are out now? You could wear a pair of stretchy/ terry cloth shorts underneath them??? Let me know what you think would be more comfortable. So glad the tube is out and all is moving forward again. We love you!
Aunt Pam, Uncle Randy and gang!!

UC Girl said...

Steph, all of your comments and details are so helpful. It's good to know what to expect as I am scheduled for the same procedure two weeks from today. I hope you are feeling better each day.

Carly said...

Glad to hear you are finally on the road to recovery. I look forward to the "Bag" stories!

Steph said...

Hi UC! Two weeks out huh? If you have any particular questions you can email me. smhayes1 at gmail dot com. Just change the at and dot. I know when I was 2 weeks out I had a ton of questions!

Steph said...

Hey Sug! I have no colon. Zip, Nada, Zilch. I have 8 inches of my small intestines sewn into a pouch (a makeshift rectum). So I guess that is where all the blood and mucus is coming from. It just kinda took me by surprise. My sphincter muscles can wake up any time now.