jep wrote:...Also, please don't feel pressure to eat solid foods too soon. I was shocked when I returned to my hubby's room to find a plate of chicken stir fry in front of him. I believe that impeded his recovery. Stick with the liquid diet..
AlexMichelle wrote:...Was your pain moderate or severe? ....
Maggie Nell wrote:Hello AlexMichelle,
I didn't have time to get way anxious but I went into that surgery with full-blown Panic Disorder/Agoraphobia riding shotgun
and I know a thing or five about how to shift focus off the 'last time' and roll into a future experience with trust.
Forget about soldiering on - this aint the Army, it's civvie street.
O Stoma Mia wrote:jep wrote:...Also, please don't feel pressure to eat solid foods too soon. I was shocked when I returned to my hubby's room to find a plate of chicken stir fry in front of him. I believe that impeded his recovery. Stick with the liquid diet..
I agree with this completely. Don't let them force you into solid food prematurely. Keep on liquid or low-residue diet as long as you can.
Is your surgeon a board certified colorectal surgeon? If not, I highly recommend you find one to perform your surgery. It is delicate work to operate in the pelvic region and you want an expert doing it.
AlexMichelle wrote:Lee, any suggestions on what you consumed on the liquid diet and the low residue diet? ...
AlexMichelle wrote: The surgeon is doing "open" surgery because the 4 cm cancer is in the lower colon and upper rectum and he thinks with the open surgery it will give me a better chance to avoid a colostomy. If any one here has had the open surgery, could you please share your experience in terms of recovery the day of surgery and going forward.
AlexMichelle wrote:To every single person who has taken time to leave me a note here I say thank you, thank you, thank you! It means so much to have support, advice, and good thoughts. As you all know, you can feel so alone if you don't have others to share with who have been down this scary road. This forum has made me feel much more confident about how to handle this journey. I start the dreaded prep in 12 hours. Just finished mixing it and refrigerating it so it will be very cold when I start.... Key for me is it have to be extremely cold and I have to guzzle it down.
I have a question. Everyone keeps telling me to walk, walk, walk and I am a person who enjoys walking. Last time I was in the hospital, the only place I could see to walk was the hallway which is filled with nurses going back-and-forth trying to get quickly from room to room. I felt like I was in the way and I also hated walking the hallways because you could see and hear all of the sad and sick people. It was very depressing. Where did you all walk? Is there someplace else besides the hallway outside of your room? Are we able to leave our floor of the hospital and walk other places?
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