First, the obligatory post of the snow and sleet that fell (and is still falling) this morning and today in the Capital District …AND IT’S APRIL 19TH FOR PETE’S SAKE!
Now on to more pleasant news:
I had my 8:30am appointment with my surgeon this morning. I am having ileostomy reversal surgery (aka “buh-bye Roger”) on Wednesday June 8th. The surgery will be about 3 hours. I will be in the hospital for about a week and in recovery for about 6 weeks after.
I am very grateful to have this second chance at an ostomy free life (at least for a little while longer), because not everyone is fortunate or healthy enough to be eligible for such a reversal. Also, there is no guarantee I will be healthy enough to remain stoma free for the rest of my life, but if I can just get through the next 4 years until I retire, I will be very grateful indeed.
Of course, there is always a risk for things to go wrong during and after surgery, but I have survived every other surgery to date (and I’ve had a lot of them) and I have always come out of surgery better off and healthier than when I went in, so there is no reason to believe this will be any different.
It’s scary and exciting at the same time, but I have a great and caring support circle, so they will get me through this as they have so many times in the past.
And I can always fill the leftover ostomy bags with tootsie rolls and hand them out at Halloween….