Tag Archives: Recovery

Life’s Plans

I was scheduled to have my takedown surgery (second try) on July 2, and I was ready to go. But life had other plans. Two days before surgery (June 30), my wife and I spent the day assembling nursery furniture, … 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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How to be a Patient

After three extended hospital stays in four months, I thought it might be helpful to share a few things I’ve learned that I believe can make a hospital stay not only more comfortable, but more likely to result in a … Continue reading

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Deja Vu All Over Again

Although I’m definitely happy to be home, I’m less enthused about my current pain level. Perhaps unsurprisingly, much like after my first surgery in June, my lower back is killing me and my J-Pouch is cramping uncomfortably as it apparently … Continue reading

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Weird Stuff (UPDATED)

Last night was one of the weirdest nights yet. Here’s a note I just sent my docs… Hi [Doctors/Nurses], I wanted to give you a quick update following my last message. I’ve been following the two Imodium at meals/bed and … Continue reading

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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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