Re: att Kate Murphy

From: Millie (
Sun Mar 11 15:11:43 2001

Jackie, I read your post and need to ask you some questions. How son did ou know that the surgeon nicked your bowel? What were the symptoms? I had a TAH in January, and she also cut adhesions while she was in there.I have had constant pain and bowel problems since the surgery, and she's basically blown it off. Was is really hard to deal with a colostomy? I am terrified of that happening to me. I don't think I could deal very well with it. My Mom's appendix ruptured in 1990, and peritonitis set in. She was in the hospital for 28 days. Yes, it wasn't a pleasant thing. Is a colostomy difficult to care for? What kind of problems are you now having? It would be great if they could find a way to get rid of adhesions forever. Take care. Millie

>----- Original Message -----
From: "jackie burgess" <> To: "Multiple recipients of list ADHESIONS" <> Sent: Sunday, March 11, 2001 4:18 PM Subject: Re: att Kate Murphy

> Hi kate
> thought i would reply to your email. I myself ended up with a
> colostomy 5yrs ago NOT due to a stretching of the colon but having my
> ovaries removed, the surgeon accidently cut my bowel and bladder. I know
the > thought of a colostomy frightens people, but in MY OWN experience I
managed > to cope with it(well I had to ) it was coming to terms with what had
> happened and my own opinion of what others must have been thinking about
me. > 7 months later i had it reversed and although it was excruciatingly
painful > at the time of the reversal, I didnt have half as many problems as i do
now. >
> Somtimes I regret making the decision to have my bowel re-sectioned again,
> at least then I could live life fuller than I can now.
> As so many people have already stated things CAN go wrong unfortunately,
but > I had to make the best of what I had.If it meant me having a better
quality > of life than I do now then I would opt for another colostomy.I even asked
my > surgeon if he would consider me having another one, needless to say his
> reply was unless there is a clinical obstruction then no.
> I did actually suffer from peritonitis and its not a very pleasant
> experience to go through, I know I went through the tunnel to God, but
> fortunately my time was not up.
> Please dont think i'm being negative, but people must hear what its like
to > end up having peritonitis or a colostomy.
> I guess I was just very unfortunate
> hope this helps alittle
> regards
> jackie B England

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