August 1st, 2016, I walked into Rex Hospital to have a sigmoidectomy. This would relieve me of the constant diverticulitis I had been battling the past year. I was scared, of course, but felt sure that I was doing the right thing. The surgeon came out saying it was a textbook surgery and that he was very confident the new seal was secure.
August 3rd I went back into an emergency surgery because I had become septic. There were some tense hours for my family. The doctors found a tear they had made when stretching the colon to seal with the other part. I woke up 12 days later having only little snips of memory. I spent a few days in ICU after the 2nd surgery and then went back down because they couldn't get my heart rate down and a while, 10 days in ICU and 12 days in regular room.
I expected to come home August 4th with laporoscopy scars and sore. Instead I came home August 22nd with a 4 inch incision starting at my belly button. Another incision along the "C-section" line. And an illeostomy. The thing I had most dreaded.
I lost almost all my muscle mass, lots of weight, my taste buds and confidence. I gained a new appreciation for life, a fighting spirit and hope for a better life.
Because of my extreme weakness I am not allowed to ever be at home alone. I am also having to limit my activities. And well, everything is an activity. Showering, exercises, talking on the phone, sitting up in a chair, and even eating.
So, I know you all want to show me your love, and I so appreciate it, but right now, I need it to be in card form, facebook notes, I am loving funny children pictures and videos!! I can usually handle texting as well now. I just might not be as fast as I used to be.
This is the quick synopsis, because I know some of you are worried. More of the story will probably come as I begin to process more and more.
Thank you for your patience and concern. I love you all!