Hey all! I hope everyone is doing well. So it is 2 months after my surgery and I’m feeling…
Exactly 2 months ago today I was 120 pounds, weak, couldn’t walk on my own because I was so weak, had no appetite, and was taking Morphine among many other things to help with the pain after my surgery. Today I am about 144 pounds, walking freely, driving anywhere I want, eating anything I want and I’m feeling great!
The reason that I was in such poor condition coming out of the surgery is because I was in the hospital for about 15 days before my surgery day just withering away while we waited to see if the higher dose of Remicade would work. I became so weak just being in the hospital and waiting….and waiting….and waiting to see if any medication would help my UC symptoms, but nothing did so I ultimately wound up having surgery to get my colon removed.
My 2nd of a total of 3 surgeries will be on June 1st. They’re going to make the “J” Pouch inside of me during this surgery, and I am guessing that my recovery from this one will be 100 times easier than the first one because I will be going into it 100 times more healthy than I was for the first one. I have been working out, trying to get my muscle and my strength back, and things are going well. It hasn’t been the best 2011 for my thus far, but things are starting to look better and better. My goals for 2011 are to be able to surf, play soccer and be healthy enough to spend at day at Disneyland by December of this year! haha. I have decided not to try and surf or play soccer yet until all of my surgeries are done, because I don’t want any accidents to happen regarding my ileostomy and what not, so I feel like it’s safer.
Anywho, I know a lot of you guys may be thinking about surgery and may be nervous just by the thought of surgery. From my experience, it has been much much better than living with UC. It might be the fact that my UC was so bad that nothing was working to help it. I went on the SCD diet and it wasn’t working, so I guess from my perspective, even though surgery was the only way to go, I’m glad that it happened. I LOVE being able to eat my favorite foods again without feeling the pain in my stomach and spending countless hours on the toilet. This is coming from someone who has never had surgery or had never been in a hospital before January 2011, so you can imagine how freaked out I must have been about having surgery, but I knew it was the only thing left to do.
Other than that, things are going really well. I will be graduating from Cal State University San Marcos next month which will be cool and we’re going to have a nice graduation party at my house with friends and family which will be a good time!
I hope everyone is doing well and finding what works for them. Surgery has worked for me so far and hopefully things just continue to get better and I can be surfing and playing soccer again. Those are the 2 things I miss the most right now!
Curtis is a young guy who developed a very rapid case of severe ulcerative colitis symptoms in early 2011. Shortly afterwards as when medications were failing to solve his problems, he had only one option left which was surgery, and he is hanging in there and doing great. Curtis is an expert soccer player and has his own line of T-Shirts he creates too.