Hi everyone! I saw my surgeon yesterday for a followup appt and I thought I would let everyone know how I'm doing.
I'm doing great! I feel good and I'm getting my energy back. Ed's mom left a week ago. Ed has gone into work an hour early each day this week so that he can be home for two hours in the evenings. He's been a BIG help with the boys.
My surgeon and I picked a date for my last surgery - Tuesday, December 29. He is off from Dec 18 through the end of the year, but he said he would come in to the hospital that morning to do my surgery. Isn't that awesome? I spoke with the insurance company and they said that as long as my hospital stay starts in 2009, the whole stay will be covered with my 2009 deductible. That means this December surgery shouldn't cost us anything. Yeah!
The last surgery will be to close up the small intestine and sew my abdomen closed where the stoma has been. I will be put under general anesthesia, but they don't have to open me up this time. Just work on the parts that are already sticking out. After surgery, it's just a matter of letting my bowels wake up and function. He said best case scenario is surgery on Tuesday and out by Friday. My bowels woke up just fine after my surgery in August, but it took me three attempts at liquids before everything worked after this last surgery in October. I am praying that everything goes smoothly like it did in August after this December surgery.
I will be without my bag after this surgery! My small intestine has been sewn into a "J-Pouch" and attached to my rectum. I guess it takes about 6-12 months to stretch out the J-Pouch so that I will only be going to the bathroom 6-8 times per day. In the beginning, I will have to go 20+ times! Yikes! But at least I'll be rid of the bag and on my way to a more "normal" life. Too much information for you? Yeah, me too, but I really don't have much choice in the matter! :)
So, all in all, things are going really well and I am less than 6 weeks away from my final surgery. Thank you to everyone for all your prayers!