OK, my update. Had my reversal surgery last Tuesday, the 8th? I think it was. One night in the hospital and sent home on Wednesday. I experienced some loose stool,clustering at about 2 am,was up and walking around immediately, so they felt comfortable sending me home. It's been a tough go this first week. The former stoma hole in my belly has been very painful, but I only used a couple of oxy over the week. Swapping between ibuprofen and Tylenol. Days, from waking until bedtime has been a battle of holding back the urge to poop,sitting on the toilet, and just letting things run through. I could sit there for 10 mins,think everything is done, go to my recliner and bam, the urge hits again. But got pretty sore, but the calmoseptine and aquaphore helped.
Side note-I've slept comfortably all night every night, no need to get up, no urge to go, it waits until I'm up and about.
Today, Monday, 6 days removed was a stepping stone I could tell. The general stiffness in my belly is gone, my frequency through the day was much less today, and I haven't had nearly as many of those urges to go. My poop formation is still mostly of the milk dud variety, not nearly as much liquid and still very dark green. I assume this is still from my colon not doing it's due diligence. I needed a day like this to keep my sanity. I've not used any meds or supplements to try and control anything yet, I'm letting it try and sort itself out, but I'll eat some oatmeal, peanut butter or a banana to try and keep things on the slow side. Also, I feel like I could eat whatever o want. I'm keeping it fairly soft, but overall I can't complain with the way things are going, these few days removed.
By the glory, by the grace, by the strength of God, I will be made whole.
Aug 3, 18-colonoscopy, 5cm mass 12cm from AV rectal cancer
Aug 17-CT,chest and pelvis
CEA-.99-likely not a good marker
Clinical DX-T2/T3n1 -3cm mass, 13.5 from AV-might be colon? - let surgeon make determination
Sept 10-14 radiation
Sept 25-CR lap surgery, temp loop ileostomy
Oct 2-path stage pT1N0M0-no chemo recommended
Jan 8-stoma takedown