I am a 22 year old male from Saginaw, MI. I have UC, and am rockin’ a bag! I am new to UC. I have had UC for 2 months ish, and already had my colon removed.
A Little more about me:
I’m from Saginaw, MI. But I have lived in Orlando, FL and worked at Walt Disney World! Best job ever! I play video games, and listen to a lot of music. Just trying to adjust after my Surgery back to normal life.
Still passing blood and mucus. Occasional pain with weakness.
Only Two Months and My Colons Out
Here is my short but long story of my Ulcerative Colitis. I started with cramping and small amounts of blood in my stool mid Sept of 2012. And for the next week and a half the symptoms just got worse with more blood and weakness. I worked a lot, so I pushed off getting checked out, but finally pushed myself on Oct. 3 2012 to the Emergency Room. The doctors gave me a CT scan and didn’t find much wrong with me (there were awful doctors) and sent me home with an antibiotic. Over that weekend I got really bad really quick, and the next Monday was vomiting and having awful diarrhea so I went back to the E.R. They kept me, and decided to do a colonoscopy in the morning. They found inflammation and put me on medication to see if that would slow down my symptoms.
After a week and a half on medicine, I kept getting worse and worse so the doctors decided to send me to a specialist in Indianapolis. I arrived on Wednesday night, and had a second scope Thursday morning. I will never forget how he described my colon, “Your colon looks like stepped on ground beef”. He told me that he doesn’t usually do surgeries on Fridays, but he didn’t think I would be here on Monday if we waited. I was so scared, but anxious to get this done. Morning of the surgery I was so sick, my parents were so scared they might lose me. I was so weak, I had lost almost 50 pounds in 2 weeks.
My surgery went well, they removed the colon and I now have a Ileostomy. It has taken a while for me to build strength back, I was in the hospital for 32 days…that wears you down!
I’m new to this, but everything I have really came out of nowhere! I spent 2 weeks with pooping blood then had surgery right away. Is this normal, or do most people live with this for a while before things get really bad?
written by Mason
submitted in the colitis venting area