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Unread 07-16-2003, 10:03 PM
Hi Julie & all,

Well, I called my surgeon today and they wanted me to come in and flush my caths out. So I did that...

If you followed my thread called "catheter not draining properly" you will know what I'm talking about.. Anyway, I was having a problem with my caths. Today I found out that on the 22nd I will have a VCUG done (I think it's a contrast xray test) and they will take the foley out, and of course depending on if I am able to urinate normally, they will just clip the supra so that I can just pee normal... The supra will stay in just in case I need "backup" I guess..

Today I haven't taken any vicodins at all... I really need to get my bms going .. the constipation is horrible. Well, I guess I have to look at the bright side: only 6 more days and it will be over.. (at least for one cath)... we shall see..

Thanks so much for all your support..
You hyster sisters are the best!!!

MaddyCatheter not draining properlymy catheter thread
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Unread 07-17-2003, 06:35 AM
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Hi Maddy,

I never had to deal with constipation as I took Milk of Magnesia for a couple of days but didn't need it. If anything I went the other way. Apples have always kept me moving. I can't take Vicodin or Percocets as they mess up my stomach but know that in the begining the dr's would prescribe with a warning about constipation. I take Darvocets since they seem to work just fine for me. Glad you had your cath's irrigated. I was wondering if they sent you home with the irrigation system since you clogged up once it may happen again. There are several people I know with permanent supra's that have to irrigate them regularly. Hopefully the rest of your recovery will be uneventful & smooth.

God Bless,
Unread 07-17-2003, 08:28 AM
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Hi Maddy

So glad you are feeling better and got the cath irrigated... did they show you how you can do it yourself at home?? I used to do it every 2 days whether I needed it or not- and it didn't hurt at all ... so sorry you are constipated...did you tell you URO as they do not want you to strain at all.

FYI for constipation I took milk of magnesia and a citrucel tablet everyday until I got all the pain meds out of my system and they worked great.. just check with DR first and do make sure you tell him of the constipation issue as they would probably never ask you!! Well a big and hope things get "moving" real soon!!!
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Unread 07-17-2003, 09:21 AM
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Hi Maddy!!!

Love your positive attitude!!! It's good for you.

I too get constipated but only take darvocets as needed for pain....

What about stool softeners??? I also eat a healthy cereal with lots of protein (vegetarian) and fiber.....

Hope you continue to feel better. Take it S L O W !

Unread 07-17-2003, 10:57 AM
Hi all,

Hmmm well, they only poured some water into one of my caths and let it drain in the other. Not sure if that's called "irrigation" or not. The URO seemed to think it was coming out fine, so that was all he said about it. And, no, they didn't show me how to do that at all. No irrigation kit or anything.

As far as the bms go.. I eat granola with raisins, banana, flax seed, etc. for breakfast every day.. I drink 2-3 quarts of water, eat a half of a papaya everyday, and I do take the stool softeners. I ended up having to take another vicodin last night as the pain/discomfort was getting a bit unbearable. Maybe I should ask them about the darvocet. And.. I guess I could look into the milk of magnesia. What exactly does that do? I thought it was for diarrhea?

Yesterday my surgeon called me up and wanted me back on antibiotics (I had run out). She also prescribed some estrate (estrogen vaginal cream) to speed up the healing process. I am also to stop taking all the ditropan starting this Saturday as they are going to do that VCUG on Tuesday.

Well, thanks again, sisters for all your support...
BIG z,

Unread 07-17-2003, 11:28 AM
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Dear Renee and Julie, thank you sisters for you support. Like I said before I would probably go on Prosac without you ,girls.

Maddy I am glad that you feel better today.

My uro said that he's going to try to repair vaginaly, but he also mentioned that if something goes wrong he could go abdominaly. Also he said that I'm going to be in the hospital for 4-5 days. Maddy , how long did you stay in the castle ? I had such horroble experience with BM after hysterectomy. In my case what really worked was a fresh fruits and vegys diet. Non of laxatives helped me.

Unread 07-17-2003, 11:38 AM
Hi Maria,

I had to go to another island for my surgery. I live on Maui (Hawaii) and had to fly to Honolulu which is on Oahu. I came out the next day, was so humiliating.. I had to be wheeled in a wheelchair on and off the plane.. UGH. Anyway, it's probably nicer to stay in the hospital for that time rather than recuperating at home because of all the pampering the nurses give you

Like I said, don't be alarmed if your urine in the bag looks really red the first couple of days.. Yikes.. that kind of worried me a bit.

Anyway, I wish you the best!!
Unread 07-17-2003, 01:00 PM
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Maddy -

The Milk of Magnesia does help with getting things moving. And it doesn't cause any gas. Just stay near a restroom. Once it starts to work, there's no going back! LOL

I do have a question...what is the cream going to help heal? That one confuses me. Also, let us know how your test goes next week. That's the day I should be coming home. I have never heard of that particular test. But then again, I have been learning a whole lot of new things with this nasty V V F. More than I ever wanted to learn!

Maria -

My doc told me that I'll only be in the hospital for one day since he is planning to do the surgery vag. But if he ends up having to open me up, I'll be in for the 4 or 5 days, like you mentioned. You may want to further discuss this with your doc.
Unread 07-17-2003, 01:36 PM
Estrogen creme

Hiya Julie,
Well, the estrogen cream is supposed to help speed up the healing of the inside of the vaginal area. So.. that's all I know..

Oh btw, I found a great FIND today.. lol a treausre, in fact..
I found a bunch of bags with prunes that I have had for a while.. and guess what's on the menu? LOL !!!!

Unread 07-18-2003, 02:27 PM

I must say, that doesn't sound pleasant. You must be able to find something better than that in your beautiful surroundings!

Good luck with the prunes and hope they work!

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