Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Day 3 Post Ileostomy Reversal

We really desire that in sharing our story, someone who is considering a reversal or recently has experienced this surgery will be helped even in a small way.  Maybe it will answer questions about recovery or just give you some expectations.  Either way start reading with these links to follow the entire journey...


Through the night of Day 2 into Day 3 Ryan had three more bowel movements!  This is such a big deal!  Our day nurse commented that she had never known someone's bowels to wake up so quickly after this type of surgery.

 This is a shot of his belly with no bag and no more stoma!  WOW!  You can see his other scar, it's runing vertical right under his belly button.  That is when they took out every foot of his intestines to find a kink that was blocking his bowels in October 2012.  He has been through so much.

Let me just say that health while having an ostomy and in the weeks leading up to a surgery is so important!  Ryan and I walked over 2 miles per day in the weeks before his surgery (partly due to my pregnancy, partly because that's all his skin could handle with sweat and irritation).

All that walking plus a steady, healthy diet made all the difference in his surgery recovery this time.  His first 7 surgeries, including his ostomy placement, he was severely malnourished and underweight due to the untreated Crohn's flare.  This time he was at a healthy weight and BMI, eating a wonderful diet, and active!

All that to say, get your health in order if you have a surgery and want to recover ASAP!  Or just get healthy in general since that is never a bad idea either ;)

We went to bed at 10:30 p.m. after Ryan's first bowel movement since surgery.  He woke up again at 1:15 a.m. to poop again (diarrhea-dark and watery).  And then he went again at 4:00 a.m. with the same consistency.  Both times were urgent but he managed some control with no leaks.

Really excited about that!

His new hole!  This is about a nickel size in diameter and probably 1 inch deep.  It's quite the battle wound.  The staples are holding together the incisions made to actually close reconnect the small and large intestines.

His gas pains, the tightness and cramping, were fairly significant through the night as his bowels woke up and started working.  Walking and lightly rubbing his stomach seemed to relieve the pain a bit.

At 5:00 a.m. we woke up to let him walk and that seemed to help the gas pains further but it did make him so tired.  he tried a  tried a little french toast, canned peaches, and gatorade at 8:00 a.m.  We decided a walk right after breakfast would be a good idea so to the halls we went!

He had more canned peaches at 9:15 a.m. and a chocolate chip cookie at 10:15 a.m.  Hopefully these food ideas help you as you think about what you can have post-ostomy reversal!  Lunch was a few bites of cheese pizza, chicken soup,  and mashed potatoes.  A few bites of each.

Day 3 was a long waiting game for our surgeon to come in and decide if Ryan could be discharged so to kill the afternoon we watched movies, walked once per hour and he tried some graham crackers and milk.

At 5:00 p.m. our surgeon FINALLY came in and after assessing his wound and how Ryan was doing decided we could go home Friday evening.  We were ecstatic!  We had his dressing changed, packed up and got ready to get home.  We put Ryan in a pair of depends like underwear in case he had an accident on the way home and also walked awhile longer to get his bowels emptied as much as possible before the 45 minute drive home.

We made it home with no issues, just some pain from the bumpiness of the ride and he immediately laid down-it's exhausting work getting discharged!  Later that evening he tried more chicken noodle soup and also a bit of banana.

This dingleberry was very happy to have us home.  Although in typical Grumps fashion, he pouted for about 2 days pretending to be mad before he would "forgive" us for leaving him.  Drama king.

He had a few more diarrhea like bowel movements and we walked several more times before he hit the sack.  It was a very busy day and we were grateful for rest in our own bed!

Our little Poppy smothered us with kisses from the second were in the door.  No hard feelings here!

Days 4 and beyond updates to come!  I have a busy week at school doing 9+ hour NCLEX reviews Monday-Thursday but will post detailed updates to help you along in your journey.

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