So I just had my second of three surgeries on June 1
and I am now 1 step closer to being “back to normal.”
Here are the details of Curtis’s 2nd Colon surgery:
My second surgery was on June 1, 2011. This surgery the doctors went in using the DaVinci Robot to construct a “J Pouch” out of my small intestine and connect my small intestine back to the rectum. They then pulled my small intestine back out of my stomach, giving me a “loop Ileostomy” this time instead of an “end ileostomy”. A loop ileostomy is different because they don’t cut the intestine, they just pull it out from the middle and put a little bar
underneath it so it doesn’t go back into my stomach. This is also different because it is higher up in my intestine than before and it also has 2 holes where stuff comes out. You can ask what comes out if you want, I don’t want to get too detailed though, haha.
So the surgery went well and I was in the hospital until yesterday (6/6/11) just recovering and making sure I could eat again and do everything like normal. This time around was 1000 times different than my first surgery. My first surgery, I was 118 pounds and pretty much on my deathbed. The days following the surgery I couldn’t walk on my own, and I needed a cane to walk for almost 2 weeks and I was in a lot of pain from the surgery.
Going into this next surgery I was a healthy 152 pounds and felt like normal! My normal weight is about 155-165 pounds, it sort of fluctuates. This time, I was able to to walk the day after surgery with just having my arm around someone for a little balance while walking, and then 2 days after I was walking on my own with no problems. I was in less pain than before, even though this surgery was more intense than the first one. Now I’m at home and am already taking less pain pills than I was after the first time and am trying to get myself completely off of them ASAP! Hopefully I will recover from this one faster that the first one, I’m pretty sure that it’s almost impossible for me to not recover faster, haha. I have more incisions though because they had to do a little slice open on me to do some stuff but other than that, 4 small incisions from the DaVinci!
So I only have one more surgery after this one and I’ll be all completed. The take-down will be about 2 months from now so we’re looking at an August surgery. I know the recovery from that one will be quite different and will probably take a little longer but it will be one step closer to being bag free and I won’t have to deal with that Ulcerative Colitis pain I was experiencing in the beginning of 2011. It’s been quite a year to say the least.
That’s it for now, I’ll throw some updates on here a little later too.
Hope everyone is doing well and people out there understand that surgery isn’t that bad!! I couldn’t be happier right now!
Current Medications: Absolutely NONE!
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