Monthly Archives: August 2011

A Fleeting Fever

The see-saw continues. Friday afternoon, the aches and pains and markedly increased mucus output I’d been experiencing since Wednesday night culminated in a low-grade fever (100.5). Fortunately, it broke overnight, and everything was pretty much back to “normal” by Saturday … Continue reading

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See-Saw

By far the most frustrating aspect of my post-surgery recovery has been the inconsistency and unpredictability. One day I’m relatively fine and things are looking up, the next day I feel like crap. And so it is this week.  The … Continue reading

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No News is Good News. Full stop.

This is the longest I’ve gone without a post since my surgery. I just didn’t have anything interesting to share. I’m still plugging along, trying to get back into a work routine. Some days my body cooperates, and I’m able … Continue reading

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Late September

That’s the timeframe my surgeon tells me is “realistic” to try for my takedown surgery. Of course, a lot can happen between now and then and everything is contingent on my pouch passing the battery of pre-surgery tests and scans, … Continue reading

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No News is Good News?

Today’s EUA went fine. We arrived on-time (at an ungodly 6am), checked in quickly, and were promptly placed in a pre-op room where we waited for 2 hours until the actual procedure. My first nurse mangled the initial attempt to … Continue reading

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EUA

Tomorrow, my surgeon will be conducting an examination under anesthesia (EUA) of my J-Pouch. She will be examining the J-Pouch’s healing progress in general and the leak we identified, in particular. If she thinks it’s necessary, she may stitch or … Continue reading

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Finally

Today was a good day. Not perfect. Not free from pain and discomfort. Not without frustration. Not not inexplicably exhausting. But good. I went to work. I lawyered. I hung out with friends for a few hours afterwords. I had fun. … Continue reading

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Forcing Normal

My home nurse visit yesterday was largely uneventful. Not surprisingly, she had no silver bullets for the issues I’ve been having with my stoma. We’re going to try a different size and style of appliance to see if it makes … Continue reading

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Tired

I realize this blog is starting to get a little depressing, but I write it as I live it. I’m tired. Tired, tired, tired. Tired of ostomy bag leaks. Tired of stinging/burning around my stoma. Tired of having a stoma. … Continue reading

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Happy Anniversary

Today is my sixth wedding anniversary. If it hasn’t been apparent from my posts so far, I COULD NOT do this without my wife. This is way more than she (or anyone) signed up for, and she’s been with me, … Continue reading

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