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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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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