Hey, my names Stewart and I’m from Australia. I was diagnosed with UC when I was 18 and had my colon taken out when I was 18 as well.
My UC Story:
It was February of 2010 when I was taken to the emergency room and had several test done including a colonoscopy. I can remember waking up after and being told that I have UC. Of course I thought,
“What the hell is that?”
And being the person I am, I did some research into it. After begin put on several steroids and immunosuppressants I stayed in hospital four about a month. I went home on oral tablets to see how things go. Well after about a month of spending most of my time on the toilet, or vomiting, and losing weight, I was admitted back into hospital. The surgeon told me that I needed emergency surgery within a few days.
After a few days (had to stop tablets for the surgery) I can remember being in the waiting area, all prepped up and ready to go. Stupidly, I said to the doctor, “I don’t want to do this”. The Doctors words I remember all to well,
“Look what your doing to yourself and family, your putting yourself through torture and our family by making them watch you slowly die!”
Well lets just say that these words really got to me so I gave in and went for it.
It took me three days to come around from the surgery because of how sick I was. The doctor told me that another week with my colon and I would have been dead.
I must honestly say that the feeling after waking up from that surgery was bloody awesome. I no longer felt sick and was able to eat again. The recovery wasn’t easy but I was discharged from hospital about a month later.
In October of 2010 I had the formation of the J-Pouch, which as I found out with that surgery, I am allergic to Morphine and Fentanyl. That surgery was probably the hardest recovery in terms of pain wise.
In February of this year (2011), I had my takedown surgery. It took awhile to get used to going to the toilet normally.
I must admit I still have my crappy days where I just feel down for no reason and get angry at everybody. These days are slowly becoming rarer. I am also slowly figuring out what I can and can’t eat.
But overall, I’m glad I had those surgeries. :)
Imodium, need it at night so i can get some sleep.
Submitted by Stewie Little in the Colitis Venting Area