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How Come Everyone Has A Butt?

andreae
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Sorry guys... Just kind of confused. I read the ostomy message and I'm just wondering how you all have an opening. My butt is completely sewn up! Is this cause it's permanent? All I know is that the doctor told me that "nothing could be preserved", had this really huge operation and now my butt's sewn up... Is this not the situation for everyone? Hmmmm... I'm a very lost ostomate... Also wondering, is anyone else there sewn up? When do your stitches become loose? I still have trouble straddling (okay, no funny idea guys) or really stretching my legs. I guess my future as a contortionist is over, sigh. And I had such potential (he,he)!

Thinking of all of you!
Andrea

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aspaysia
Posts: 257
Joined: Nov 2003

If the tumour is in the rectum and there is too much damage due to perforation you will loose everything to the surgeon's knife. In my case they could not do a reconstruction and I was all sewed like you. I nearly lost the vaginal wall next to the tumour but that was not necessary. However, they took my tailbone. How barbaric.

I was given some PT to stretch out the scar tissue and started coming apart at the seams because of radiation damage. One year of wound management later I still feel my skin drawing up around the incisions and walk funny. Ok, guys stifle those jokes. This is a real problem and Andreae and I are not just feeding you straight lines here.

If you are completely healed (no holes) try a little gentle exercise like yoga. It may not be too late. I take vitamin E and C for skin repair for all the good it did me.

Asp

MelStar
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Joined: Feb 2004

Hi Andrea! You don't say if you have a colostomy or ileostomy, but my grandmother had the same experience--they were supposed to just resect her, but she was so full of polyps all though her colon and bowel, the surgeon decided to remove it all. She now has an ileostomy and they sewed her rectum completely shut. Can't answer any more of your questions, but I'm sure someone can.

Keep the faith!

MelStar

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kangatoo
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Joined: Feb 2004

Hi guys--Andrea--I had cancer of the ascending colon with polyps found also in the sigmoid(just above the rectum) I was fortunate that they were able to leave the rectum so didn,t lose my anus-no colostomy.Some of us semi-colons are lucky I guess to retain a "normal" butt---really feel for those who did not as my surgeon initial told me "don't be surprised if you wake up without a hole after surgery"---geez-was I petrified at that comment!
cheers kanga and Jen

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spongebob
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Joined: Apr 2003

Andrea...

A couple of comments:

1. I'm a little concerned when you sign off a post titled "How Come Everyone Has A Butt?" with the phrase "Thinking of all of you!" - is that happenstance or is it Freudian? Hmmm... almost as profound a question as the the one you posed...

2. I have heard of people losing their @$$ in, oh, say the stock market. Do you think that this could be the genesis of that phrase?

3. Regarding "straddling", ... naw, never mind, Jose would ban me for life if I went there!

Thank you for your profound contemplation - I must go drink now so I can ponder it with a more appropriate mindset!

- SB

P.S. Don't feel too bad about losing your career as a contortionist. My surgery cost me the cover shot on Sports Illustrated's first-ever men's swimsuit edition! May career as a thong model is officially over... my world is crushed... I'll never make it into the thong hall of fame (or is it flame?)

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aspaysia
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The Hall of Flame? It must be true what they say about the navy. I know a guy who joined up because he thought it would 'make him more of a man.' Or was that 'make him more men?' I am deaf in one ear.

Asp, who isn't really asking so you don't have to tell.

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kangatoo
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Monikaz--didn't you know us AWWWZYYY'S have a sense of humour---when you live on the other side of the world "upside down" somethings gotta come out funny!
Aspaysia---geez girl--you don't look like you walk funny to me(I got a 3rd eye so can spiritually see yah!)--only ladies I see walk funny are the one's trying a fake walk on the fashion catwalk(and that sometimes ain't pretty!)

----"JAY" will probably now suffer the ladies wrath for commenting on beauty queens!

And as far as giving Spongebob a run for his money--he can run as far as he likes--no way am I running over here in 45 deg heat!(thats hot here in centigrade--lol)
luv guys kanga and Jen

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kangatoo
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BTW--I accidentally put JAY as my name in the recent post--course yu all know me as kanga--but this crazy forum wouldn't let me use JAY --which I use on our Aussie cancer site----did that explain anything?
got me baffled--he he

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nanuk
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Joined: Dec 2003

Andrea: just think of yourself as an early bag lady..that thing hanging there saved your life, and there are many quite normal "buttless wonders"
out there on the UOA, IOA & Shaz's ostomate site..they also have a worldwide chat on Saturdays. Bagger Bud

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