Hey everyone, its Trent again, and it has been about 3 weeks since I had my takedown surgery and I have been doing GREAT!
So it started like any other surgery morning, with prepping and monitoring everything else, and I remember waking up later in the recovery and since this being my 3rd surgery I knew how it would be and I made sure to say hello to everyone and try to be as awake as I could but I was just so tired. I got to my room feeling pretty good, in almost ZERO pain. Things went really well during surgery and I was up and walking around later that night. I spent about 4 days in the hospital, starting off with liquid diet and I had my first bowel movement for the FIRST time in nearly 8 MONTHS some time around 7 PM, it was a very AMAZING feeling to know that it was all working and going so well. After moving up to soft solids I was sent home. Once home, I really just went on like nothing happened. I went to the mall the next day and spent time looking for some new shoes WITHOUT any worries of a bathroom. It was very weird because I had heard so many times from others that the first couple of days after the surgery is constant bathroom visits but it has never been like that for me. When I got home I was going about every 4 hours and if I wasn’t around one then it really wasn’t hard for me to hold it until I got to one. The saturday night following the surgery (just about 4 days after), I went to a CCFA walk, to help raise awareness about UC and all that. It was a great time, and the walk wasn’t hard on me, it was cool to be around others who had the same disease as me. The Houston group was able to raise around $86,000 dollars which was SUPER awesome! I spent the next few days at home recovering and helping my parents move into their new house, I did a little house work like painting and cleaning the pool and stuff, also every now and then I went to a friends house worked on building a small sailboat with him.(we hope to finish it by the end of summer) Other than that I just relaxed by the pool and enjoy my time outside in the sun. It was nice to be able to get outside and feel the heat of the Texas sun, because this time one year ago I was sick in a hospital bed and not being able to do much but sleep and run to the bathroom.
So just a few days ago June 2 to be exact was the day of my one year diagnoses, and I spent the day partying with some Parrotheads at the Jimmy Buffett concert! It was a awesome time and I couldn’t have asked for a better way to spend the day. But now I am getting back to reality and going back to work tomorrow and getting things in order for summer school in July and moving into a new place for the fall semester.
I am extremely happy with how everything is going and I really am so thankful for the easy transition from bag to pooping again. I plan to do whatever it takes to keep my j-pouch for the rest of my life and I It makes me so happy to be able to get on with a regular life.
Peace, Love and Happiness to everyone out there,