Re: New to the Board

From: Ginni Ficarra (
Tue Jan 25 19:16:04 2000

At Mon, 24 Jan 2000, cbutman wrote: >
>Hi Ginni, I feel so bad about your situation. After my first surgery I was
>in so much pain from both a trapped nerve and adhesions, both of which were
>getting worse by the day as the suture sight healed. I was a terrible
Joanne, Thank you so much for your kind thoughts. I am having surgical consultation on Feb. 8th. Trying to find a way to get to Califorina to have surgeon who did my last two because I really have a lot of faith in him, but it is hard. Please let me know how you make out in Germany, my prayers are with you. I have a lot of hope pinned on that new gel barrier. As a mother it is so hard, when you feel so sick and can not be a fun Mom. Then you have to deal with the guilt on top of the pain and not being able to eat. Good luck to you. >mother. I cried most of the time and yelled at anyone who bumped into me or >my chair. I could not cook one meal for 4 months. I felt so sorry for my
>kids. I still have both complications but fortunately the nerve is better
>now since the surgeon scraped off a mass of nerves from the suture sight.
>My pain meds cover the pain now and I am a wonderful mother again to my 3
>sons. I wish you could try the Intergel on your next surgery. I am flying
>to Germany to try it. I will pray for those little children to get their
>mom back and I'll keep you posted on my surgery in March. With love, Joanne

>>----- Original Message -----
>From: Ginni Ficarra <>
>To: Multiple recipients of list ADHESIONS <>
>Sent: Friday, January 21, 2000 6:43 PM
>Subject: New to the Board
>> Hi! I am a 41 year old woman who is currently lookig at the prospect of
>> my ninth surgery. I had a hysterectomy 20 years ago and have had
>> adhesion related problems ever since. Because they involve the bowel
>> and cause obstructions it gets to the point where there is no
>> alternative to surgery. My last two surgeries were done at Stanford
>> University by a wonderful surgeon. He used the Interceed Barrier and
>> told me after the last surgery that I had 40% less adhesions than the
>> surgery before. This filled me with hope. Maybe this time I would
>> develop 40% less again and be able to live with it. But one and a half
>> years later, here I am. In terrible pain all the time, constantly
>> nauseas, unable to eat due to bloating, swelling and vomiting, right
>> where I was to begin with. Will this never end? Financially, I am
>> unable to get back to California for another surgery but have found a
>> doctor in Palm Beach I am checking out. I have lost 20 pounds in the
>> last month and am living on Ensure, Instant Breakfasts and vitamins. I
>> have a wonderful GP, who is honest and really doesn't know what else to
>> do. I have two wonderful adopted little boys who want their Mom back
>> and I feel I am missing so much of their lives being sick. It was so
>> wonderful to find this site and feel like I was not alone, but at the
>> same time, terrifying to really hear that there is not the magic cure I
>> was hoping to find. If anyone knows of any doctors in the South Florida
>> area that understands adhesions, please let me know. Thanks for
>> listening.
>> --
>> Ginni


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