So, Alec and I have been missing in action for a while, and all for a very good reason. Just recently Alec had his Colon removed. Yep! That’s right! His colon. Around the time of his transplant we learned that Alec had Ulcerative colitis. It has been controlled for about 2 years now, but after a recent colonoscopy, the results showed a potential threat for colon cancer. We are just grateful for colonoscopies! (I never thought I would utter those words in my lifetime) So, a plumbing we will go, a plumbing we will go, Hi-ho the derriere-eoh a plumbing we will go.
Anyhow, the poor kid has had to go through a lot! We are thankful for his Surgeon Dr. Brent Christensen who is just amazing. After shopping around for different docs, Dr. Christensen just seemed like the guy to do it. We completely felt comforted and guided to him and we are so happy that we listened to the promptings of the spirit. . and my grandfather for suggesting him. Thanks Grandpa!
This procedure is a two step process, therefore 2 surgeries. His first operation went well. After removing his large intestine, the Dr created a J-pouch with his small intestine. He has had to wear an illeostomoy bag for the past 6 weeks Poor Alec. He has gone through so much!
His second surgery is taking place at this moment. Step 2 is eliminating the need for an illeostomy bag by reconnecting the small intestine back to its original plumbing. Yahoo! Right now Mama and Papa Rampton and I got the news that his surgery just finished. The Doc let us know that everything worked out perfectly. Like always, Alec was a champ during surgery.
For Christmas, my parents gave us tickets to go see the Lion King. It is absolutely amazing, I was crying it was so good! Anyways, my favorite part is when puma tries to cheer up Simba and says, “at times like this, my buddy Timon here says “You gotta put your behind in your past!” Of course he quoted his own friend wrong, (something I would do) and so Timon corrects him, “It’s you gotta put your past behind you.”
(A little play on words given Alec’s recent surgery.)we both want to move forward, we expect no more health surprises but ya never know.
People always joke with Alec telling him he needs to gain some weight. A few even offer him their own love handles and saddlebags! Politely I say, “NO THANKS!” If he’s taking anyone’s “fluff,” it’s mine.
To Alec’s credit, how can you gain any weight if people are taking out all of your organs? My poor man. . .he used to be 175 when we got married, now, with all of his surgeries and gluten free livin life he is 137. YIKES! I promise I feed him!
Well, Anyways, Alec is great, I am great, we will be in the hospital for a few days until he recovers. We thank everyone for their prayers and thoughts! We love you All! D Megan