I met with my gastroenterologist today. For some reason I KNEW what he was going to say. I just knew it. And of course... I am having the surgery. The BIG one. We are going to straighten out all the details, but since it is decided I just want it over as quick as possible.
It was first talk about me having it done in Pittsburgh, PA, but I asked him to find out if there is a good colorectal surgent a little bit closer to where we live. After all, we don't have any family around here to help us out. I will be out of commission for probably a month or so...
I got a tip from two people who went through the same surgery to see a Dr W at the Cleveland Clinic in Fort Lauderdale. A bit far but doable. I called my doctor, and his nurse told me he had found a great doctor in Tampa, which would be ideal.
I asked my sister to come and stay with us to help out after surgery, she has a pretty flexible work schedule, and I very much prefer to have someone I trust and love to care for me than some hired hand... We will pay for her ticket and she will stay for about 4 weeks. That will be an invaluable help for us!
So I am going to see if I can't have the surgery in September. The first surgery is the most difficult one, and I will have a temporary ileostomy (external waste bag) for 12 weeks. Then the internally constructed pouch should be healed and the external one will be surgically removed and I should be able to go to the bathroom as normal.
I am nervous about having this pretty complicated surgery done, but on the other side I have suffered for over 20 years and is excited about the possibility of some normal life. Even if it can take up to a year until everything is working as it should.