Category Archives: Surgery

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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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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A New Year

Quite a bit has happened since my last real update. I finished my prednisone taper and am now prednisone-free for the first time in eight months. After 16 years of pills and infusions and more pills, I’m now off all … Continue reading

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Nothing to See Here

Everything went fine with my procedure this morning. Unfortunately, as I expected, it didn’t reveal much in the way of insight. Everything looked normal. She drained some mucus, but not an inordinate amount. The basic theory still holds. The J-Pouch … Continue reading

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Taking a Look

I’m in the pre-op room at UCSF. Again. The clinic exam yesterday proved inconclusive (i.e., nothing noticeably wrong), so my surgeon wanted to do an exam under anesthesia to get a good look and make sure everything is as it … Continue reading

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Remembering to Blog (Updated)

Yesterday afternoon, I came down with a low-grade fever, accompanied by achy legs, headache, and occasional chills. It never got too high (peaking around 100). After a couple hours, I started getting an intense internal pain near my tailbone. It … Continue reading

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Forgetting to Blog

I keep forgetting to blog, which I think must be a good thing. Not blogging means not having anything to blog about. Not having anything to blog about means life is returning to normal. Normal, healthy people don’t write a … Continue reading

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Happy Thanksgiving

Reading this blog and my litany of complications and complaints, it may not seem like it, but I have an awful lot to be thankful for this year. My health. Although I certainly have had my troubles since my first surgery, … Continue reading

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The Plan

I met with my surgeon (and nurse) yesterday to evaluate my current status (and pending return to work) and come up with a plan going forward. Not surprisingly, she was not thrilled with how the wound around my stoma looks … Continue reading

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No Gnews is Good Gnews

Not much to report today. Status quo. Maybe some improvement. Looking forward to meeting with my surgeon tomorrow.

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