DH just had colon resection--advice??
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|Mon, 02-22-2010 - 9:38pm|
I myself do not suffer from a gut issue, but I wanted to ask some advice. My DH, age 41, was diagnosed January 6 of this year with diverticulitis and since then has been in the hospital 3 times. He had an abscess on his colon (that was the first hospital stay and how the docs figured out he had diverticulitis at all), came home with a drain in it, and the day after they removed the drain the infection flared again and he was back in. Two weeks later, back in again, this time with a fistula. On Friday he had a colon resection. They removed 12 inches of colon and were able to reconnect, so no colostomy. What I want to know from all of you is what to expect when he comes home, both in the immediate future and over the longer term. I never heard the word "diverticulitis" before January, so I am very blindsided by all of this. DH is 41, which seems really young to have such a severe case, but what do I know?!?! Also, we are vegetarians--so what's the deal?!? Everything I have read leans towards diverticulits being caused by crummy over-processed bad food. That is SO not how we eat. The solution seems to be a high fiber diet (when everything heals, I know). The kicker is we eat that way already!! How much higher fiber can I get????
But I digress..what can I do to arrange our lives around this? What else should I know about this gut thing???
thanks in advance--