My mom told me the full story of my appendicitis last week (Oct.b 06'), which I really never heard. I've been told of the needed surgery as a young baby, but didn't know the seriousness. My mom shared that I was left in the hospital for almost a month just 3 days after "coming into the world". I would've died if I didn't have my appendics removed ASAP. Here are some pictures of the surgerical mark 29 years later...
I remembered growing-up, I would always stare at this mark whenever I take my clothes off. I kind of bothered me. I didn't like taking my shirt off in public (e.g.swimming) because I got tired of people asking me "what is that or what happened?". I began to joke with a response as I got older by saying, "I got stabbed during a gang find growing-up in the cities". They would respond with their eyes wide and mouth open with shock. I then would start laughing telling them the real truth after-he he! I began to accept this "mark" this as I got older and thank God for the success of this surgery. God had a plan, which my mom repeatedly that I survived w/my name "Salvador" or "Savior" (in Spanish).
'Colon Cancer Overview
The human colon is a muscular, tube-shaped organ measuring about 4 feet long. It extends from the end of your small bowel to your anus, twisting and turning through your abdomen (belly). The colon has 3 main functions.
* To digest and absorb nutrients from food
* To concentrate fecal material by absorbing fluid (and electrolytes) from it
* To store and control evacuation of fecal material
The right side of your colon plays a major role in absorbing water and electrolytes, while the left side is responsible for storage and evacuation of stool."
Colon Polyps and Cancer Risk
Updated: February 15, 2007 "
Virtually all colon cancer develops from adenomatous polyps in the colon, generally referred to simply as colon polyps. A personal or family history of polyps puts you at higher risk for colon cancer...
Family History of Colon Polyps
When it comes to polyps and colon cancer risk, family history is important. It's probably not the most comfortable conversation to have, but you should find out if your parents, siblings, or children have ever had any colon polyps. If they have, you're not in the average-risk category for colon cancer anymore.
If two or more first-degree relatives have had colon polyps, the ACS recommends that you receive your first colonoscopy at age 40 or ten years before the age when your relative's polyp was found, whichever is earlier. Both of my parents have had polyps, so I'll be getting a colonoscopy when I'm 40 instead of when I'm 50.
Another family scenario that would increase your risk is if one first-degree relative had a colon polyp before age 60. So, one parent with a polyp or one sibling with a polyp. The same higher-risk recommendations apply. If your brother had a polyp removed when he was 45, the ACS says you should get a colonoscopy when you're 35...."
Medical procedure involving the insertion of a colonoscope (fibre-optic viewing instrument) into the rectum, to detect abnormalities within the colon. Patients undergoing colonoscopy are given an enema to empty the bowel, before being sedated. Colonoscopies detect cancerous tumours and precancerous polyps..."
Preventing Colon Cancer
PRE-Surgery I'm scheduled for a colonscopy. have no idea what to expect. What is a bowel prep? Does it hurt? Does a colonscopy hurt? I'm a little nervous.
Posted 03:48PM (EST) on 2007-01-03 in Digestive by anonymous (revolutionhealth.com-blog site) "....A lot of people take the day before off because they think it will help with the fasting. I actually had a pretty stressful client presentation that day, and just gutted it out. While sitting feastless through the working lunch was no fun, the work actually distracted me from the fasting....and believe me, once you start your drinking of the bowel prep that night, food's the last think on your mind...
Having had, oh, about 15 colonoscopies in my life, I can honestly say that the prep is the worst part of the experience, an incredible statement if you consider exactly what they do to you during the procedure.
The prep is designed to strip all fecal matter from the colon and flush it from your body. There are nearly a dozen different prep formulas that doctors prescribe -- pills and liquids. Usually, you are put on a day of liquid fasting, then take the prep. Don't stray from the bathroom! You will have to go like you never have gone before. This can go on for a half an hour to a few hours, depending on the individual. Usually, you have to repeat the prep again a few hours later.
If I may be so bold, I would like to make a few suggestions aimed at your comfort. First, be sure you have soft toilet paper on hand as well as a petroleum based lubricant. Before the action begins, use the lubricant around the anal tissues. Both will help you be less sore when the blessed event is over. Bring in lots of reading material as well. After a while, you may begin to feel a little cold and shaky due to a loss of bowel contents and electrolites in the process. I try to have a nice, hot bath ready to step into when I am nearly done. I also keep drinking fluids until midnight, something my doctor allows. This will continue to flush the colon and will rehydrate you.
The test itself will likely not be remembered, thanks in large part to a wonderful little amnesiac, Versed. In fact, some of the nurses in the endoscopy unit have told me that many patients wake up and ask if the procedure has begun.
Good luck and let us know how it went! "
POST-Surgery HealingWell.com Forum > Diseases & Conditions > Irritable Bowel Syndrome > colonscopy prep help ".. Posted 2/26/2008 4:20 PM (GMT -7) Quote This Post
Just had my colonscopy yesterday and a friend suggested I put the Fleets phospho soda in apple juice and amazingly enough it was quite easy to get down. Just thought I would pass it along. I had used Gatorade in the past but this worked very well and very tolerable. Good thing since they found polyps so that means a repeat in 2 to 3 years assuming a clean biopsy..." Effectiveness of Colonoscopy for Prevention of Mortality From Colorectal Cancer
6 January 2009 | Volume 150 Issue 1 "What is the problem and what is known about it so far?
Cancer of the colon is one of the most common causes of death from cancer, ranking just behind lung cancer, among types of cancer that affect men and women. Cancer can begin anywhere in the colon. The right colon begins in the right lower part of the abdomen. It ascends to the right upper part, across to the left upper part (in which it meets the left colon), and descends to the anus (the left colon). Most cancers of the colon begin as polypsâ€”small, slow-growing, mushroomlike growths on the inner surface of the colon. Mutations in the genes that control cell division lead to more rapid growth and eventually invasion into the wall of the colon and beyond. The purpose of colon cancer screening is to detect and remove growths before they invade and spread. Experts recommend several effective screening methods. One is testing for blood in the stool every yearâ€”this test can be combined with yearly testing for blood in the stool. Another is to inspect the entire colon through a flexible tube (colonoscopy), which is the most accurate. Because colonoscopy is also the most expensive, inconvenient, and riskiest test, it is important to know whether colonoscopy reduces the chance of dying of colon cancer."
From my personal experience working at a group home, I reccomend the following foods:
-Bap (mix 1/2 cup of prune juice and All Bran cereal; and 1/4 cup of apple sauce; leave it overnight and eat it the next day) twice a day or so...
-Prunes, rasins, etc..
" * Cereals like Hi-fibre Bran* and All Bran cereals*, fruit and bran cereals*, muesli*
* Oats porridge
* Breads and grains like rye bread*, wholewheat and brown bread, wheat biscuits, wholewheat pasta*
* Dried fruit
* Fresh fruit like figs*, oranges*, grapefruit*, apples*, bananas*
* Vegetables like broccoli*, Brussels sprouts*, butternut*, green beans*, brinjal*, cooked beans*, lentils and split peas*, sweet potato*, potato carrots, spinach, beetroot, cabbage, cauliflower
* samp and beans*"
"While constipation is rarely serious, it usually means youï¿½ve been depriving your body of essential stuff such as water, dietary fiber and adequate exercise. A long-term solution to constipation can be as simple as a daily walk and a few dietary changes. The natural remedies in this chapter, used with your doctorï¿½s approval, may help prevent or relieve constipation, according to some health professionals."
"Crohn's disease is a form of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), which involves ongoing (chronic) inflammation of the gastrointestinal tract. Crohn's-related inflammation usually affects the intestines, but may occur anywhere from the mouth to the end of the rectum (anus)..."
"...(also known as granulomatous colitis and regional enteritis) is an inflammatory disease of the intestines that may affect any part of the gastrointestinal tract from anus to mouth, causing a wide variety of symptoms. It primarily causes abdominal pain, diarrhea (which may be bloody), vomiting, or weight loss, but may also cause complications outside of the gastrointestinal tract such as skin rashes, arthritis and inflammation of the eye.
Crohn's disease is an autoimmune disease, in which the body's immune system attacks the gastrointestinal tract, causing inflammation; it is classified as a type of inflammatory bowel disease..."
"A Blog about Crohn's Disease. I am a 33 year old male with Crohn's disease. I was diagnosed with Crohns at 21 as a seemingly healthly college student and athlete. Still battling Crohn's as an runner, soccer player, Father, Husband, and professional."
"IMPERIAL, NEBRASKA (ANS) -- When doctors inexplicably missed four-year-old Colton Burpo’s burst appendix, and the resulting infection nearly took his life, his father railed at God as Colton’s life seemed to be slip away.
Colton at about four-years-old
Pastor Todd Burpo found a small room in the hospital after Colton was taken into surgery, and he unloaded some raw emotions toward heaven. "Where are you God? Is this how you treat your pastors? Is it worth it to even serve you?” he shouted, as recounted in the New York Times bestseller “Heaven is for Real.”
After Colton’s surgery and a time in ICU, the fair-haired boy made a remarkable recovery. It wasn’t until four months later on a family car ride to South Dakota that Colton’s parents realized something very unusual happened to Colton as doctors fought to save his life.
Colton shared with his astonished parents that he left his body in the hospital and visited heaven, where he sat on Jesus’ lap and met departed family members, along with other remarkable details.
He watched his father praying for his life in the small room, a fact that even Todd’s wife, Sonya, didn’t know. Todd had confessed and repented of his “raw” attitude toward God in the hospital, but the realization that his son sat on Jesus’ lap in the midst of his anger melted his heart.
"I screamed at God when he was holding my kid and it was wrong,” he admits. “When I knew God had forgiven me for that, I knew it was okay to share it with other people.”
Colton told his parents one of the favorite places in heaven was the throne room of God – with God seated on a huge throne, and Jesus enthroned on His right and the angel Gabriel on the Father’s left. "People ask Colton, ‘What does God’s face look like?'"
*see GoodnewsEverybody.com: Death- Grieving, Mourning, Reflection, etc..
Sometimes you may feel helpless when facing Crohn's disease. But changes in your diet and lifestyle may help control your symptoms and lengthen the time between flare-ups.
There's no firm evidence that what you eat actually causes inflammatory bowel disease. But certain foods and beverages can aggravate your signs and symptoms, especially during a flare-up in your condition. If you think there are foods that make your condition worse, try keeping a food diary to keep track of what you're eating as well as how you feel. If you discover certain foods are causing your symptoms to flare, it's a good idea to try eliminating those foods. Here are some suggestions that may help:
Healing IBS with a Raw Food Diet (Part II of II), ...
"See Raw Food Eater Matt Monarch of http://www.mattmonarch.blogspot.com/, Angela Stokes of http://www.rawreform.com/, in this spectacular, The Raw Food World TV Show Episode. Penni Shelton healed IBS by adhering to a 100% Raw Food Diet. Enjoy another 'The Raw Food World' episode. "
CBN.com – If you’re a fan of Christian music you’ve probably heard their name before. Sonicflood travels the world and performs before thousands. But the lead singer of the Grammy nominated group doesn’t let fame go to his head. Rick Heil’s mind is on one thing… lifting up the name of Jesus.
“It’s almost like eating lots of candy,” Rick tells The 700 Club. “I mean you get to spend time with brothers and sisters in Christ all around the world, sing worship songs to Jesus, and dance for the Lord.”
When Rick takes the stage, you’ll see a living, breathing miracle – a man healed of an incurable disease. Now he lives to tell about it… years of chronic pain, God’s healing power, and how he went from death to life.
“I guess I felt like my hope had been lost when I was growing up with the illness and dealing with it and really not feeling like I had any hope for a change in life,” says Rick.
Rick’s life didn’t start out that way. He was a healthy child with a passion for playing the guitar. But by age 11, the pain hit, and Rick began losing weight. Doctors found evidence of Crohn’s Disease, a severe intestinal disorder....
"Sonicflood's frontman, Rick Heil, was recently healed from his struggle with Crohn's disease, a painful intestinal disorder he suffered with for years.
"Normally you'd have it for life," he says. "But I was in the hospital in March and one of the top surgeons went through all my intestines and said there was no disease to treat."
It just so happened that the doctor who treated Rick around the time of his healing was named Dr. Church! And yes, he was a Christian.
After all he went through with the disease and subsequent healing, Rick co-wrote "Never Forget You", a song that reminds listeners to never take for granted all God's done for them.
Sonicflood was, at one time, "the" modern worship band with their hit song, "The Heart of Worship". However, line-up changes, including the departure of frontman Jeff Deyo, wreaked some havoc on who and what Sonicflood was. ..."
David Garrard:Living with Crohn's Disease
"Pro quarterback David Garrard talks about how his having been diagnosed with Crohn's disease has affected his career and family. More information at:
"Here are 9 easy ways to start shrinking without crunching.
1. Calm down. Too much stress can contribute to a potbelly. Stress increases levels of cortisol, a hormone that seems to direct fat to our middle, says Jacob Seidell, PhD, of the National Institute of Public Health in Bilthoven, Netherlands. To keep levels low, try this 5- to 10-minute stress reducer: Find a quiet, comfortable place to sit. Next, take several slow, deep breaths to help clear your mind. Continue breathing deeply and repeat the word one to yourself as you exhale. (If you get distracted, just bring your focus back to the word one.) Practice this for 5 to 10 minutes once or twice a day.
2. Skip the alcohol for a week or so. That glass of wine with dinner may be part of the reason your jeans are too tight. Alcohol also tends to raise cortisol levels, sending fat to your belly, Seidell says.
3. Stop smoking. “It keeps me thin,” proclaim many smokers. But the truth is that smokers tend to have more abdominal fat than nonsmokers, says Seidell. (The stress hormone cortisol seems to be the culprit here too.) "When people stop smoking, the amount of abdominal fat actually decreases," he says.
4. Eat more fiber. Not only is fiber great for overall weight loss (it fills you up so you don't eat as much), but it also prevents constipation, which can cause your tummy to bulge, says Lawrence J. Cheskin, MD, a gastroenterologist and director of the Johns Hopkins Weight Management Center in Baltimore. To stay regular, aim for 22 to 25 g of fiber a day by eating more whole grains, fruits, and vegetables
5. Drink up. For premenstrual bloating, drink lots and lots of water. This will actually help flush away bloating, not make it worse
6. Keep bones strong. Osteoporosis can lead to fractured bones in your spine, causing you to slump. That shortens your abdominal cavity, giving your belly no place to go but out, says Willibald Nagler, MD, physiatrist in chief emeritus at the New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center in New York City. Be sure to get 1,000 mg of calcium every day from the foods you eat and/or from supplements.
7. Get your heart rate up. All the ab exercises in the world won't do a thing unless you get rid of the fat hiding your abdominal muscles. The best way is to do aerobic exercise for 45 to 60 minutes, 5 times a week.
8. Tuck your tummy. Imagine there's a magnet pulling your belly button back toward your spine. Practice the tuck until it becomes comfortable, and soon it will come naturally--like breathing. Do it every chance you get.
9. Get a bonus ab workout. Stand as much as possible when doing weight-lifting exercises. That way your abs work too. “They help to balance and stabilize your body,” says Tammy Strunk, an Emmaus, PA, fitness instructor. Concentrate on keeping your abs tight and maintaining good posture, but don't hold your breath."
"...is an autosomal recessive genetic disorder affecting most critically the lungs, and also the pancreas, liver, and intestine. It is characterized by abnormal transport of chloride and sodium across an epithelium, leading to thick, viscous secretions...