Category Archives: Ulcerative Colitis

Stoma Stories, Episode 17: I Told You So

As predicted, the new ostomy appliance we decided to try to assist with the healing of the newly formed hole in my skin near my stoma failed.  I’m not sure when it started it leaking, though I suspect it was … Continue reading

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J-Pouch Normal; Skin Around Stoma, Not So Much

The worst part about my exam under anesthesia today was having to get up before 5 to make it to the hospital by 6; the procedure itself went off without a hitch (though I do have a banging post-anesthesia headache). … Continue reading

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Stoma Stories, Episode 16: The Hole Truth (GRAPHIC PHOTOS)

In an unwelcome development, after months of smooth sailing, an issue has developed on the skin surrounding my stoma.  More specifically, a hole has suddenly appeared.  About a week ago, I noticed some minor skin irritation and a slight divot … Continue reading

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Where Things Stand

On March 30, I had a clinic visit with my surgeon.  It was the first time I’ve seen her (or any doctor) this year, which is pretty amazing.  The purpose of the visit was to go over the results of the … Continue reading

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Ileostomy Travel: The Full Pat-Down

Traveling with ulcerative colitis was miserable. Traveling with an ileostomy is manageable,  though the security checkpoint is always stressful. Will the x-ray machine think I have a liquid bomb strapped to my stomach? Will the TSA agent make me show … Continue reading

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Thinking Surgery

Today, I’m thinking surgery.  A week ago, I wasn’t.  As I’ve noted before, life has been pretty good of late. I’m feeling well. I eat what I want. I’m off of all meds. And life with the bag is manageable. … Continue reading

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Take Steps for Colitis

On June 9, I will be participating in the CCFA‘s Take Steps for Crohn’s and Colitis fundraising walk in San Francisco.  Last year, I was so sick I wouldn’t have been able to. For obvious reasons, this cause is very … Continue reading

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Living Life

Apologies for the lack of updates, but I don’t have much to report.  I’m living life.  A couple of cross-country flights, a week-long business trip, concerts, parties, volunteering with “We the People” high school classes, and lots and lots of … Continue reading

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Ileostomy Travel: Much Ado About Nothing

Made it through security — no issues whatsoever. Exhale. UPDATE: The flight was easy too. Almost like a normal person. SECOND UPDATE: Trip #2, with bonus full TSA pat-down, discussed here.

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Ileostomy Travel: Ready to Fly

I’m getting ready to head to the airport for a business trip to Washington, DC.  It’s my first time flying since the fateful “Shits on a Plane” incident, and I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t nervous.  Not about … Continue reading

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