Emergency Bowel Operation Dec 2018
Good evening all, I am new to the community, my name is Jackie, my user name is
jacksprat_x1, (a nickname my dear Nana used to use for me as a child, never did like fat!)
I have gained an awful lot from reading your uplifting and informative comments so took the plunge and decided to open up my heart. You all seem to be positive and compassionate people and becoming a member must be a good thing for all us who are joining a club that no-one would wish to belong to. Having said that I am very happy to have found you!
My story,briefly as I can , was that after a few months of discomfort in the left side of my stomach I was persuaded by my dear husband and best mate Norman to get it checked out. About the same week a more urgent very sore throbbing pain started in the right hand side. Turned out to be an abcess from leaking bowel. Rupture of bowel due to Tumour. My lady Doctor was excellent and got the ball rolling with a colonoscopy appointment within a week and the surgeon who ended up doing my operation said is your husband here? I am very sorry I can’t proceed as there is an obstruction here and I need to speak to you both. It was 6 Dec 2018. He came into the room and said I am very concerned. I asked him to be straight with us and did he think it was a malignant tumour? He replied he was afraid it shows signs of that. I was quickly advised that it was and warned about what to do,get to hospital quick, if I hadn’t been able to pass waste for 48 hrs and hopefully I could wait until early New year for operation. I had a CT scan on Friday evening 14 Dec 2018 and on Sat morning at 11 am the surgeon called me at home and said how are you? I replied that 48 hrs was almost up and we were going to be contacting hospital. He said please pack your bag I’m removing the Tumour this afternoonand you will be having the colostomy as discussed with a view to have a reversal within a few months. Eek! There was no time to contemplate and it was done. I have to say the service and care that I received in Heath Rd Hospital, Ipswich was excellent throughout. I recovered very well, took to my life saving Stoma like my best friend and it has been an easy ride so far. I have been active, although not at work. I started my first Chemo Folfox and Oxialiplatin on Fri 22 Feb 2019. I got cold sensitive side effects straightway but the nurses were brilliant explaining how to minimise the effects. Don’t wash your hands in cold water, don’t drink cold drinks etc and sip warm tea if it happens. Wear gloves in cold places, and fridge, cover neck and mouth and nose from cold temps. So far this has worked. I picked up my uncovered metal back phone outside and got shooting pains through my fingers! Got those gloves on pretty quick and it sorted it out. Had my 3 days of steroids so not much sleep had lots of energy but that is waning now. I guess I can prepare for my dip which seems imminent! I had my drugs given in hospital daycare and then was allowed to go home with Picc Line and and gravity fed pump for 46 hours, back to hospital Sunday for pump removal. I feel I am at the very beginning of it all and hope to be able to both support and be supported through this strange journey in life. I am a Mum to 2, Nanny to 4, two gorgeous little girls joined our lovely family and two little grandsons last year. Needless to say I was so busy working part-time, child minding for all children as well as a busy social life and singing in a folk and roots amateur band with my drummer husband that I didn’t have time for an illness! How funny when I see how much time I have on my hands now! 😂👶👶! I’m looking forward to a different type of life now and must take the time to smell the roses! I am thankful for all the love and care that I have received and hope you all get the same. All the best Regards Jackie 🙏