Re: surgery in Germany

From: Judy Kemp (
Sun Feb 16 22:05:47 2003

Hi April,

Sorry you are having upper abd problems. At least you've halved the playing field - now you can concentrate your efforts on the other half and hopefully get your full life back in the VERY near future!

I had colitis 1/2 a yr ago after several rounds of antibiotics from the horrible hysterectomy that also gave me adhesions. I didn't know what was going on then but started feeling really badly and therefore monitored my temperature 3 times a day. After a few days it started shooting up (of course on a Sun.) so I headed to the ER. By the time I got there it was 104 and when they rehydrated me the diarrhea kicked in big time. I had a big white cell count and a really ticked off colon based on the abd. CT.

But that was then and I am now a much more experienced person. So when I started feeling flu-like a couple weeks after surgery in Germany (after having been feeling great), I took my temp more frequently and when it went up to 100, I headed back to Dr. K. Had a vaginal infx going on and the colitis deal as well. The vaginal infx pretty much cleared up and I began Flagyl for the colitis. Dr. K wanted me to hang around until things were progressing in the right direction for several days. I felt that was a very good idea too, so Randy and I bedded down in the same hotel where we had been staying.

All in all, we were 2 days shy of 4 full weeks in Germany. Of course, more than half of that we planned on doing anyway given the first surgery and then waiting a week for the 2nd look, and then hanging out for 3 - 4 days before heading back. So this additional deal added another 11 days which was OK with us. It was very important to be under medical supervision with all of this going on - and Dr. K was conscientious in making sure I didn't get into problems (check ups, phone calls, etc.)

I am so glad to read that your bowel movements are not agonizing deals for you anymore. That must improve quality of life greatly. Amazing how these nasty adhesions impact so many areas of living! I agree with you and Annie that a pastry about now would be wonderful. While having to hang out in Germany the last week I watched Randy drink many a fine German brew (not that I particularly even like beer) but it did make me feel bad that I couldn't have one if I HAD wanted when the going gets tough, the tough get chocolate. And on that note I enjoyed many a fine pastry. But there is always room for more research and I would be a willing partner in your efforts to find the perfect pastry.

Take care, Judy

We went back to the hotel where we had been. I did not have to be hospitalized again. On Saturday, February 15, 2003, at 09:26 PM, wrote:

> Hi Judy,
> So good to hear from you.   I had a bout with clostridium difficule
> after my
> hysterectomy in 1999,  It took me quite some time to gain my strength
> back, it went further with bleeding ulcers and   hemmorhagic
> gastristis.  It was thought to be caused by antibiotics, but we had
> also been out of the country (St. Lucia)
> so they thought it was also possible to have gotten from  bad water or
> food.. I
> lost 30 was bad.
> Sorry  I didn't mean to get off into all that.
> So I must ask, did you end up back in the hospital or were they just
> able to treat you?  Did you stay in Seliganstadt?
> I've continued to have upper ab problems.......still good relief in
> the pelvis.........
> and bowel movements are no longer agonizing events............I'm know
> my upper pain is not associated with adhesions.........I'm on a
> antispasm that is helping a little.
> Your friend was asking about you and here I gave her a report, of
> course without knowing of your problems.....sorry........she was
> pretty worried about ya.
> I say (ditto) to everything you had to say about germany, the docs,
> the whole 
> deal.
> It is a  little earlier for me to know exactly where I am, but I'm
> encouraged.
> I emailed Ann,  and we agreed  that we could use one of those pastried
> about now.
> Keep us posted,
> Your friend,
> April

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