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Wed, Aug 7 10:54am · Side to side osmosis in Digestive Health

Found out during a colonoscopy that mine was done side to side. They were able to get through. Not too much later I was back in the hospital with diverticulitis and then another total blockage. Ended up with Deloyers procedure and am much better now. Surgeon said the reattachment site that was side to side failed and was not getting good blood flow. It only lasted 4 months, from 7/31 until 11/27. Was in the ER, went home on antibiotics, then admitted 12/13 to 12/20. Home on clear liquids only . It was a tough few weeks. I ended up losing 17 pounds which I did not have. 1/7/19 more surgery where they did the Deloyers procedure.

Wed, Jul 10 9:28pm · Obstructed bowel prevention - Miralax everyday in Digestive Health

I had Deloyer's procedure Jan 7th, 2019. I had bad diverticulitis in 2018, had to have part of sigmoid removed, temp colostomy for 6 months, reversal in July 2018, then a small bowel blockage due to adhesions, another surgery 10 days later to fix blockage that didn't work. Had to go home on PICC line on TPN. Blockage finally cleared, then diverticulitis came back in Nov, reversal site failed then the Deloyers procedure. I am doing really good now, things move pretty quickly, and if I do feel like things slowing down, my surgeon has me take some Senekot. I have only had to take it a few times. There are a few things that do bother me so I avoid them, i.e.: nuts, seeds, lots of roughage and really spicy, greasy stuff.

Thu, Jun 6 10:31am · Myectomy Incision in Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy (HCM)

What I found that helps with the scars is massage when it has healed enough to be comfortable, keeping it moisturized, I use a lotion that has vitamin E in it, also putting Mederma on it, which is a gel for scars. Also important to put sunscreen on it if it will be exposed to the suns rays. I hope this helps!

Tue, May 21 10:15am · Chronic small bowel obstruction from adhesions in Digestive Health

When my small bowel obstruction was total, they did the NG tube and finally had to put me on TPN because I was basically starving and needed nutrition. Once some stuff started getting through, I was on the TPN until I could handle enough calories to maintain my weight. My obstruction was due to adhesions from my colostomy reversal surgery. Liquids are great….I like high protein Boost and Boost Breeze which is clear. Important to get calories and protein. Low residue diet, which is very low fiber. Nothing over 1 gram of fiber per serving. To me, the liquids are my safe space. I know those feed me and get through.
Slow baby steps are best . Add things gradually and in small amounts. Like a couple bites of scrambled eggs, a few bites of applesauce or pudding. See how it feels.
I am heading back into Mayo this Friday to have an outpatient procedure on my incision scar.
I hope some of my suggestions help

Sun, May 12 9:25pm · Recommended fiber amount for diverticulosis and tortuous colon in Digestive Health

I don't think it is related, as I have had IBS for years, but no tortuous colon,just the diverticulitis.

Sun, May 12 12:28pm · Recommended fiber amount for diverticulosis and tortuous colon in Digestive Health

Yes, Mayo in Phoenix. Dr Rhee was the resident surgeon, but Dr Mishra is the ColoRectal surgeon who oversaw everything and was in the operating room. Very thankful to have a specialist .

Sun, May 12 1:55am · Recommended fiber amount for diverticulosis and tortuous colon in Digestive Health

I am actually feeling great! Slowly gaining my weight back and eating normally. I still have certain foods that can bother me, but that is typical with IBS, which I have had for years. You can google Deloyers procedure and it gives a good description, and from what I have read, positive long term outcomes. There seems to be a faster turn around time as I had so much large intestine removed, but I plan my day and meals where I have bathroom access should the need arise. I think about where I was a year ago with all this…what a difference! It is nice to not be afraid to eat anymore!

Sun, May 5 7:06pm · Recommended fiber amount for diverticulosis and tortuous colon in Digestive Health

I only do clear liquids during an episode, then once symptoms seem to be resolving, soft foods, scrambled eggs, pudding, mashed potatoes, bananas, applesauce. Boost Breeze is a clear supplement that is my go to. 250 calories and 9 grams of protein. I can't find it in stores, but available on Amazon. It is wwhat Mayo gave me when I was hospitalized. Now that all that intestine has been removed(Deloyers Procedure), not having the issues, which is great, although there are still some foods I need to avoid