Posted by jenellepower on December 5, 2008
Things have been quite the rollercoaster ride lately but I finally got some good news! I have been waiting since October to find out if I have Crohn’s in addition to UC, in which case the surgeon would not be willing to do the J-Pouch surgery. After 3 opinions, it was determined that I don’t have Crohn’s and so we can go ahead with the surgery! The surgeon is aiming to do the takedown in one surgery but if doesn’t go perfectly, it’ll be two. Right now I’m scheduled for February 10th but I’ve asked to have it bumped back a couple of weeks so that I have more time to complete my prospectus (proposal for my dissertation) before I go in. Although the idea of having another surgery is tiring, I’m so excited that the ileostomy is really only temporary! I was really getting used to the idea that it was permanent. Really, I know now that it would be OK if it was permanent but would really prefer to have it reversed.
I will be doing some pre- and post-surgery pictures. My scar is really bad, so I don’t want to freak people out but I think it is worth showing. It is so bad because it was an emergency surgery and it got infected and so had to be reopened. The surgeon says that he’ll do his best to remove the scar tissue but if it happens again, he’ll refer me to a plastic surgeon.