I had a colonoscopy last Thursday for some rectal bleeding, followed by a CT scan when the dr found a tumour. Results from the biopsy are that it is malignant but CT scan was clear. I spent yesterday celebrating the fact that it isn't anywhere else and was so relieved.
However, today I am on a downer.
I am 39, married to a wonderful husband, with 3 daughters, aged 17, 14 and 9. They are very upset but seem to be coping well. We are being as transparent as possible (with the older two) without scaring them.
I am meeting with my Dr tomorrow afternoon for a pre-op check and going in for a bowel resection on Monday. It's been very quick and I can't quite come to terms with the fact that I have "bowel cancer".
I have no idea what to expect. I've hardly eaten this week after the horrid bowel prep and have lost half a stone - I can't afford to lose anymore but have little appetite.
I have suffered with recurrent severe cystitis so am concerned about having a catheter. Will ask the Dr tomorrow whether I should take some of my antibiotics prior to the op.
Also don't want an epidural as my lower back/pelvis plays me up from time to time.
I was supposed to be playing the main part in a pantomine this Saturday and Sat 4th Feb for which we've been rehearsing for 3 months. It's been cancelled. I feel awful.
We are also supposed to be going to Florida on 28th March to celebrate my 40th birthday. Have no travel insurance yet......... This will be 8 weeks after op and I've no idea whether we'll be able to go.
So any advice for the op, tips on recovering afterwards, anything to take to hospital i.e big knickers! what to eat, when you can eat, etc would be really appreciated.