My name is Kyle Thomas, and I’m 20 years young. I love sports, food, women and life. Big Patriots and Red Sox fan. I love to lift weights and play baseball, and I’m currently going to school for medical imaging.
Some more about Kyle:
I’m from Rhode Island, sports and music are both my hobbies, along with Nintendo. This is my second time posting here on the site and I’d like to just update my story after having surgery for my ulcerative colitis.
I have NO symptoms because I am just 6 days out of surgery for my total proctolectomy and temporary ileostomy! Can’t wait to be fully healed!
My After Surgery Update:
Diagnosed with UC in 2010, dabbled with medications for 3 years and nothing worked other than prednisone. Asacol, remicade, imuran, change of diet, the whole nine yards, nothing worked. So, after my most recent sigmoidoscopy My GI doctor recommended that I go through with surgery, which I had been thinking about for a while since my symptoms had began to worsen. This past Friday, on December 14th at 12:00 pm I went in for the first of my two j pouch surgeries. They removed my entire colon and created the j pouch, while also making a diverting loop ileostomy. That night was extremely hard and painful, but thankfully the PCA pump really helped manage that pain.
I was walking around the next day and by Monday I was feeling pretty good.
They discharged me on Tuesday, December 19th because I was doing so well. My ostomy output was great, I was able to empty it and change it myself and also being youthful was on my side. My surgeon said that my abdominal wall was so thick that it was hard for him to get through to operate. That was a huge ego booster.
Anyway, I am home for Christmas now and I am extremely happy. Each day I am in less and less pain, and I am so much happier to know that my disease is gone. I think that is the biggest difference. I want to go out now and be more active like I used to be before having Ulcerative Colitis. I feel like I have been reborn again. If anyone reading this has colitis and is contemplating surgery, definitely go through with it. I was scared at first because I realize the changes that come with it but it goes by fast and before you know it you’re in recovery. You will get your life back as I feel I have already.
Medications I’m currently taking:
20 mg prednisone (tapering off by 5 mg every 3 days)
written by Kyle Thomas
submitted in the colitis venting area