Saturday, September 20, 2008

Three More Days

I can't believe my Take Down surgery is in three days. Figures, by the time I get use to Stoma Stan it's time for him to go. I'm a little nervous for life after take down. I'm not anxious about the actual procedure, but more nervous for life afterwards. Will I be chained to the toilet? How long before I can go out and not have to worry about where bathroom is? Will I have to wear Depends? How often will I have accidents? Will I have enough continence control to go to the MSU vs U of M game in the middle of October? I picked up some "supplies" yesterday. Economy pack of charmin toilet paper? Check. Calmostine (cream for butt burn)? Check. Mini squirt bottle (to wash away the gastric juices after each movement before they start eating away the skin)? Check. Mini toilet paper rolls for my purse (Have you ever seen the stuff they attempt to pass as toilet paper in some restrooms? When you are going as often I will, you need your own personal supply of the soft stuff.)? Check.

Tonight will be my last real meal for awhile. After midnight tonight it's just liquids for me. Tonight also is my brother-in-law's wedding. My sister-in-law, Jess, and I are doing a reading at the ceremony. I'm a little nervous. No, not for standing up and speaking in front of a large group of people (ok I lied I am nervous about that). I'm nervous I'll bite it after standing up. I still after an issue with the fainting. That would be the perfect time for it happen.

3 comments:

Sugarmouth O'Riordan said...

I won't pretend to know what your post-op reality will be, seeing as that your new architecture and eventual "new normal" will be different than mine. I can only say about my experience of late is that it's very unpredictable and just as soon as you think you have things under control, they go very, very awry. :::frownyface:::

It sounds to me like you've got a pretty good arsenal of stuff to help with your adjustment...I might also suggest packing a change of waist-down clothes for just in case purposes.

Other than all that, I would definitely take it easy and cut yourself some slack for the first few weeks. It is an adjustment and it will take time to get back to normal.

I'm just so glad you're already into takedown countdown!

Erin N. said...

Good luck!

Amanda said...

Steph,

Thank you so much for doing the reading at my and Keith's wedding yesterday. That meant the world to both of us and we will always treasure it.

Even though we'll be off on our honeymoon, you can bet that our love and prayers are with you during your surgery. Scott has promised to call and let us know how it goes.

We hope for nothing but the best for you and will keep you in our thoughts!

Love,
Amanda & Keith

P.S. I love having a new sister-in-law!!! :)