Sunday, January 1, 2012

a new year of possibilites...

A new year means a hopeful year of better health. The past year was defiantly a year full of surprises. Who would have thought that when I left Temple University Hospital in December 2010 seeking a second opinion about a gastric pacemaker would be followed by physical therapy for my colon which ended up with the recommendation for having my colon removed. After seventeen months of cleaning out (140+ bottles of magnesium citrate), many, many tests and a biopsy to once again rule out Hirschsprung’s Disease, I had my colon removed. This has been my year in a nut shell. Hopefully this upcoming year will be a little less eventful.

The past month has been nothing but cleaning out every other day. I did get to talk to my GI doctor again and we discussed how nothing is really knocking my small intestines into some type of rhythm. It is just like déjà vu with my colon in a sense. I ask my GI doctor if my small intestines could slow down like my colon did and he did say yes. If I am slowing down, I’ll just have to keep cleaning out which just sucks but it is okay. The upside to having the surgery was that I had two months of no cleaning out and I got that painful, trouble making colon out! We’ll just have to wait and see what the next few weeks hold.

I did get a stomach virus this month. I have to say GP and stomach viruses do not go together. I needed to go and get an I.V. earlier this month but my doctor’s office in town could not give me one and I did not feel like driving almost an hour to the hospital where my GI doctor is to get an I.V. so I just toughed it out. I can tell that physically that I am cleaning out; the magnesium citrate is defiantly taking its toll. I am trying to eating the right foods and I need to work on my intake of fluids so I don’t dehydrate so quickly. You don’t realize how important your organs are and what vital role they play until they are gone.

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