Fortunately, Unfortunately

FORTUNATELY, my J-Pouch pressure/pain and associated mucousy liquid releases have subsided a bit (and I have had better control over them). Fingers crossed we’re on the way to crossing this discomfort/inconvenience off the list.

UNFORTUNATELY, my night-time back pain is worse than ever. Last night I woke up around 1am with crippling pain. No repositioning—on my side, on my back, no pillow, one pillow, sitting up propped up by numerous pillows, one pillow under my knees, two pillows under my knees, no pillow under my knees—relieved the pain. Sitting up, scooching up or down the bed, or getting out of bed was nearly impossible. I’ve had back pain before, but nothing like this. I used a heating pad yesterday and will again today, but it clearly hasn’t solved the problem (yet). I ended up having to take two more Norco overnight (making 4 over 8 hours) and still didn’t really sleep for the second-half of the night. I got up around 5:30am to empty my bag and some of the pain seemed to dissipate (I assume due to being up and about, not emptying the bag), and I was able to get another hour of sleep afterwards. I really don’t know what to make of it, but I will definitely be reaching out to my doctor today because something has to give.

FORTUNATELY, the burning pain around my stoma has not gotten any worse.

UNFORTUNATELY, the burning pain around my stoma has not gotten any better.

FORTUNATELY, all of the above—though perhaps less than ideal and far from perfect—is still way better than being sick with ulcerative colitis. A few speed bumps to be sure, but for the first time in a decade I at least feel like I’m in the driver’s lane.

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