Today’s guest post is from Simon Wilson. When most people think about adhesions, for some reason they relate adhesions to women. Probably because of childbirth, we have more pelvic issues. But adhesions can happen to anyone. Men can suffer from adhesions just like women can. Like I had mentioned in another post about getting to a point where you have to go on a liquid diet. Well, Simon told me that in this photo, he is happy to be eating solid food, a rarity once the liquid diet becomes a necessity.
In 1992, aged 25, I was working in the murky but exciting world of politics, when one morning found myself on the wrong end of a hit and run car crash. With major internal injuries, emergency abdominal surgery saved my life and I woke up 3 days later in intensive care minus a spleen and some bowel and spent 3 months in hospital. As you may have guessed, this was not the end of the story. Instead began cycles of obstructions, hospital admissions and surgery. Have now had 12 full laparotomies. Adhesions were diagnosed early on and I was referred to St Mark’s Hospital, a specialist bowel and intestinal unit, where I was also diagnosed with pseudo-obstruction a rare condition which means the bowel just stops for a while-sometimes for hours, or days, weeks or even months. Adhesions are the main problem but the combination is not to be recommended. At one time I was having 100+ nights a year in hospital- I was even invited to the ward staff Xmas party!! My faith kept me going- my walk with God deepened and I found myself called to the priesthood and 3 years of theological college later was ordained alongside my wife, who I had met while training. I have served God as a chaplain, a priest and an advisor to Bishops. My health has deteriorated in recent years, so much so that I have had to quit my job. What were my bad days now equate to my good ones and that is frightening. Condition managed by targinact-a new painkiller which brings together oxycodone and naloxone, which is an anti-constipating agent. I have a system where I can self-admit to hospital and try and enjoy the better days, enduring the hard ones. Of course, I wish that I did not suffer in this way, but coping with ARD and illness has partly made me who I am today. in all the pain, frailty and vulnerability I have been blessed with skilled and understanding doctors, a loving family (we adopted our daughter 3 years ago and she is now 6-and the best medication of all), and most importantly the solidarity of a whole community of fellow sufferers whose support, banter, humility and care mean the world to me. Most of all I thank God for his faithfulness and I look forward to receiving the healing only he can bring. Don’t listen to myths, MEN GET ADHESIONS TOO!!!