It took me longer due to wounds not healing. But I finally got normalized after 6 months R/C (04/28/2008). I have an ilial conduit. It has still taken me a few more months to feel 100%. I have been in the pool a few times and no problems. I have one of those rubber corsets you can find online, and that works great, keeps everything from floating around and looks better. I'm 65 and pretty much a couch potato, so maybe that is why things have taken longer to come around. But my recent scan was clear, and am hoping everything stays this way.
BC diagnosed 01/2007
Cystoscopes and Miomyacin in 2007
R/C ilial conduit 04/27/2008
Hi There! I just wanted to throw my best wishes your way. I hope you have a speedy return to normal. Just realize that every day is a blessing and it WILL come around in its own time.
Walking is a great way to ease back in to life and you get a chance to think.
Also, my caregiver would like me to give you a little heads up about the stress your caregiver is going through. My wife was under more stress than I was. So make sure you allow your caregiver in (don't push them away or try to tough it out without realizing the true team effort involved)
As I was able to gleen from your other pre surgery post. You are definitly a twisted human being with a great sense of humor. KEEP IT UP! As for normal....You will probably NEVER be normal......Thank God!
Light a man a fire and he is warm for an evening.
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08/08/08...RC neo bladder
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Great to hear that you had a short stay.
I had my Illeal Conduit created in June 2007.
What helped me with the healing and getting back to normal was walking often (sometimes 10 times a day for 15 minutes each time).
It took me a little time to find the right pouch that fits my body type. I had to try several models before I found the one that worked for me.
One of the hardest adjustments was trying to sleep with the bag. I connect to a night bag that has a 4 foot tube that connects to my urostomy bag.
Today I am doing everything that I did before surgery. I swim, bike and run (I ran 12 miles last Saturday).
I was pretty much back to normal after 6 weeks with my illeal conduit. My surgery took 10 hours too but it was done robotically. You need to walk as much as possible to get your strength back.
Thats great that you're out so soon...as soon as they hear those gas rumbles they pretty much kick you out!! That was a very long surgery for an ileal conduit. But you should recover pretty quickly as not as much bowel is cut for that procedure...yet give yourself 6 to 8 weeks of taking it easy.
I took a heck of a lot longer but i also had some complications.
Glad you're back.........Pat