Why? My Proctectomy Explained

Background: In 2016 I underwent two operations for my Crohn’s Disease. The first was a Right Hemicolectomy in May, followed by a Subtotal Colectomy with Ileostomy in August. My first surgery was to remove a stricture that was causing all of my then IBD symptoms. It had been unresolved by medication, so a joint decision between myself, my consultant and surgeon was made to remove my terminal ileum and about 20 cm of my small bowel.  Between May and August I would be admitted  – post surgery – four times; I had a bowel infection, my Crohn’s reoccurred and we failed…

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How To Prepare for Surgery

I am a week or so away from another surgery. A planned one for a change! It has been almost three years since my first surgery and things are different this time around – I know what to expect, how the pre op appointments work, the process of a surgery and recovery but how exactly do you prepare and organise yourself for a major surgery? Here I’ll be going through step by step what is expected during your journey for surgery – from first surgical appointment through until the operation – peppered with my own tips and hints to what I’ve…

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Pre Operative Assessments: Stoma & General Surgery – 14.03.19

I last had a pre op for major surgery back in May of 2016 ahead of my Right Hemicolectomy. Reading it back, everything is very much the same – not long before the operation is here, pre op drinks at the ready, all vitals taken and history given. What was different this time was already having a stoma. I initially thought my stoma pre op was a mistake – surely the hospital know I already have one and I know more than most, of what to expect? – but it was not. I met all the new Stoma Care Nurses…

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Life Lately | Endocrinology

Pesky Ovaries! I’ve mentioned before, following some investigatory blood work, my GP had referred me to a Endocrinologist for some more answers and possible treatment for my PCOS. Background: I’ve been diagnosed with PCOS – Polycystic Ovary Syndrome – since I was 16/17 when I had a very large absence of periods, as well as ‘weight gain’ and some hirsutism. This was, back then almost 15 years ago, treated with the contraceptive pill for a long while. I tried a variety of ones to find a suitable one. Just before I started to become unwell with my IBD diagnosis, I was…

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Life Lately | The Triple

The Triple Hi there, hello, welcome. They say things come in threes right? Well, that’s definitely true for me and my health. And this year has begun to already feel like the mother of all triples. These last ten days or so have been feeling like a triple, all of it’s own. Propranolol At the end of February, I was struggling to get into work. I was becoming more symptomatic with my IBD – Vedolizumab was scheduled but it would be overdue when I’d get into the unit for my infusion – and on top of that my anxiety was raging. One…

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