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Surgery #1 Pics

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Here’s a slideshow of pictures from my first surgery on June 27, 2011 [laparoscopic total proctocolectomy and ileal-anal reservoir (i.e., J-Pouch) and diverting ileostomy] and post-op hospital stay. NB: The slideshow includes a few pictures of my ileostomy, which may … Continue reading

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One Step Back, Followed by Two—Maybe Three—Steps Forward

Yesterday ended up being a pretty rough day. I think I’ve been underselling the pressure/cramping I’ve been experiencing in/on my J-Pouch. During the course of my treatment, both my GI and my surgeon have (independently) referred to me as “stoic”, … Continue reading

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Two Steps Forward

One week after surgery and not too much to report. For the most part, my pain continues to improve and I’m down to one Norco every 5-6 hours (and two at bedtime). My energy is pretty good and I’m able … Continue reading

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View from the Couch

We made it home without incident. It was a nice feeling to take an hour-long drive without having to worry about whether I’d need to find a bathroom. Granted, I’m carrying mine on my hip, but it’s still nice not … Continue reading

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I’m going home.

I’m confirmed for discharge today. They’re still deciding what to do with my JP Drain, but it looks like I may have to go home with it. Oh well. I suppose it provides a nice symmetry with my ileostomy bag … Continue reading

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Going home?

Remember the list of stuff from my last post that needed to go well before I could go home? It all went well. I’m still tolerating the low-res diet and my stoma output is good. I’m still getting gas/bloating in … Continue reading

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Progress

Today was a good day all around. Expanded diet. Reduced pain meds. No IV. Full shower. They keep telling me that I will be going home tomorrow, but I’m trying not to get ahead of myself. There are still a … Continue reading

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Video: Post-Op Day 4

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Little Things

Some folks from UCSF’s Spiritual Care Services just came in to check on me and offered to sing me a song. I took them up on their offer (something from Les Mis), and it was really, really nice.

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First Rough Night – Update

Since Monday, all had been going swimmingly. Really, it had been too good to be true, and I was always left wondering when the badness would hit. Last night, I received my answer. The difficulty began with my first solo … Continue reading

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