Monthly Archives: June 2012

“Official Report: No leaks; no stricture”

That was the email from my surgeon this afternoon following my pouchogram.  Good news. Now all I have to do is have the surgery. For those new to Know Guts, a pouchogram is contrast X-ray used to detect leaks or other … Continue reading

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No More Hems and Haws

Yesterday, I went whitewater rafting on my company’s annual trip.  I’ve done this trip a bunch of times over the years, but this time was different.  This was my first trip without a colon and—more importantly—with an ileostomy.  I was … Continue reading

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Getting Ready for Surgery

I had my final pre-op appointment with my surgeon today.  We talked about the procedure.  My concerns.  Her concerns.  In light of the problems last time, rather than just jump right in and do the takedown, she’s going to take … Continue reading

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The Optimistic Route

As my surgery date approaches, I’ve continued to waffle about what to do or whether to go through with it at all.  I know I need to do something.  My current loop ileostomy is not a permanent solution.  It will … Continue reading

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Taking Steps

Yesterday was the Take Steps for Crohn’s and Colitis walk in San Francisco.  I was grateful to participate (last year I was too sick), and we had a lot of fun.  There were a ton of people there, including lots … Continue reading

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Decisions, Decisions

It’s been awhile since my last real update.  Healthwise, I’m doing pretty well.  The stoma skin issues I was having have resolved (debriding agent and calcium alginate really works wonders), and I haven’t had any recent complications.  But life keeps … Continue reading

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