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Saturday, April 7, 2012

post surgery.

Surgery was supposed to go fairly quick and easy.  A 3 or 4 hours in the OR and I'm out with an ileostomy bag on my side for a couple of months.  Maybe a day or two of recovery in the hospital to make sure everything went fine.

I went in, the anesthesiologist suggested an epidural and I accept his suggestion.  Seven hours later I'm in recovery with a huge wound on my stomach as well as the ileostomy bag.  Turns out that it's really hard to do laproscopic surgery on a three hundred pound man.

The next week in the hospital is a blur of clear fluids, morphine, a catheter, and doctors looking at the wound in my side with a worried look on their face.

No blog for three weeks
Just not ready to write it
starting again now


  1. Hey guy. 35 years old. Diagnosed colo-rec Stage 2 last year. It may have "only" been Stage 2, but the tumor was huge. I've done the chemo+radiation. I've done the bag. I've done the post-reconstruction chemo following the bag. I'm rebuilding myself currently.

    It's not easy. Hang in there. The bag is temporary. The itching is temporary. The whole ugly thing is temporary. When you're done you'll be amazed what you just managed to get through. There's an end to it all, guy.

    There's also good news. The reversal surgery and recovery is SO MUCH EASIER than what you've just been chemo, aside. It's still major surgery and it has it's downsides, but it's not as bad as what you've already been through.

    All this downtime can play tricks with your brain. If this illness has caused you to want to change paths in your life or shown you things you should have been paying attention to, but ignored...remember these thoughts/promises. It's easy to forget these things once you start to get better.

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