Surgery delays and the origin of fanny packs

25 Sep

So it dawned on me after receiving several Get Well cards and a beautiful bouquet of flowers that I had failed to post some important updates – whoops.  Three days before leaving for our honeymoon, I went in to see my colo-rectal surgeon for the pre-op.  The plan was to leave for our vacation on a Sunday, return on Thursday, have a PET scan on Friday, and go under the knife on the following Monday (Sept. 20).  Well all that changed when my surgeon asked when I had finished my radiation treatments. After informing her of the date (August 23rd – a date I will not forget), she informed me that we needed to wait 8-10 weeks after the radiation ended before she could operate.  Operating any sooner would make for a more complicated procedure because the radiation is still working and my body hasn’t finished healing, thus there is still a lot of scar tissue.  Hmmmm, I wish she would have remembered the 8-10 week rule when we were scheduling my surgery the first time around.  I’m just hoping she is better in the operating room  than she is at managing her appointment book!

Bringing the fanny pack back!

Oh well.  The new surgery date is set for Wednesday, November 3rd.  My surgeon also decided that I will have a colostomy as well.  Fantastic.  She explained that there is a 10-15% chance for leakage to occur once the new rectum is made (and the tumor region has been removed).  Diverting the excretion function into a colostomy bag prevents this leakage and gives the new rectum time to heal and be accepted by the body as an organ.  So I have a new task at hand: how can I make colostomy bags fashionable this fall season?  I’m going to have my new “purse” for 4-6 weeks.   Fortunately for me, the fanny pack has been sighted on runways and is making a comeback!  We’ll this is one fashion trend I will definitely be embracing, albeit I won’t be toting the typical cargo of wallets, a camera and lip gloss…mine will truly be a fanny pack!  Come to think of it, I’ll bet this is where “fanny packs” got their name!


6 Responses to “Surgery delays and the origin of fanny packs”

  1. Jenna Carpenter September 25, 2010 at 1:48 pm #

    hahaha, i will never look at fanny packs the same way again. way to keep on stylin’.

  2. Jessi Trigg September 25, 2010 at 4:09 pm #

    Oh Emily, you always make me smile with your attitude. We are still praying very hard for you and have to say that at the end of the day if a fanny pack for is the solution for a lifetime of your company then bring it on!

    You are ever the inspiration girl! It’s an honor to be your cousin :)

  3. Carrie t September 25, 2010 at 9:19 pm #

    OMG how funny are you? Fanny packs? I don’t care what’s on the runway, stay away from the fanny and call Steph for fashion advice!

  4. stacey smith September 26, 2010 at 7:44 am #

    Hi Emily!
    Major bummer…but if it must be…..
    My mother had an emergency colostomy nearly 20 years ago, ironically while i was in medical school. She had it for about 6 months after a ruptured diverticulitis /massive infection. She sailed through it, saying it didn’t throw her “after 6 babies”.
    PS the dress you wore at the rehearsal dinner would work well to camouflage your temporary ‘accessory”. Have fun looking for a few new outfits for the occasion. You can appreciate your gorgeous legs even more now. Show them off!
    Will mark my calendar for Nov. 3.

  5. Kate O'Hair September 27, 2010 at 7:57 am #

    Oh Em, you make me giggle, always have! Even with an excuse to whine, your creativity and positivity shine through. Love ya girl!

  6. Lynn and Lon October 3, 2010 at 4:57 am #

    What a delightful outlook on life you have! Just one of the many reasons we love you so much. We are continuing to read your journal whenever we are at an internet cafe. It sounds like your trip to Mexico was marvelous. It was certainly well deserved. Lots of love, Lynn and Lon

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