Category Archives: Recovery

I’ll take what I can get.

Through some combination of not eating very much, switching up the Metamucil/Imodium regimen, and positive thinking, yesterday ended up being a slightly better day. And I only had to get up four times during the night. It may have been … Continue reading

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When do I worry? (UPDATED)

Things have been pretty rough lately, and I’m running out of ideas and patience.  I just sent the following email to my surgeon’s office. Perhaps they’ll have some answers (but I fear not)… Hi [Nurse Practitioner], Things have only gotten … Continue reading

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Slow and, well, just slow.

I’ve been out of the hospital a week, it’s been 12 days since my takedown surgery, and my recovery is painfully slow. Or should I say painful and slow. The bottom line (I never get tired of that pun) is … Continue reading

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Sleep, at last.

I slept for the first time last night since leaving the hospital 5 days ago. After four tortuous nights of little to no sleep and dozens of trips to the bathroom, in consultation with my doctors, I took two Imodium … Continue reading

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Slow.

My recovery, not my digestive process. Although I saw some positive effects from the BRAT diet yesterday, with only a handful of bathroom breaks during the day, last night was another story. For lack of a better word, it was … Continue reading

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BRAT Pack

We’re making some changes today. Yesterday ended up being a 25+ pit stop day, including 10+ over night, which killed any chance of sleep. I spoke with my surgeon’s office this morning and, although none of this is extremely unusual … Continue reading

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Life with a J-Pouch (so far)

My first night home was fine. I went to bed early and slept pretty well, though I was up a lot during the night (more on that in a bit). I still have quite a bit of pain around the … Continue reading

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Going Home After Lunch

The doctors say everything looks and sounds great, so they’re sending me home after lunch. They’re going to leave my staples in because (a) it’s only been 5 days, and (b) I’ve been on steroids for awhile, which can slow … Continue reading

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Takedown Surgery: Day 2 Post-Op

As is to be expected, my first day post-op was full of ups and downs. After getting very little sleep the night of my surgery, I was pretty foggy much of the day yesterday. Because my pain is limited to … Continue reading

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