Posts Tagged: surgery

J-pouch lessons learned, one year after surgery

I look back on my first year with a j-pouch as a relatively successful one, although there are still complaints and challenges and aspirations yet to be fulfilled. Here’s a look at what I’ve learned after a year of living with my altered innards.

J-pouch lessons learned, one year after surgery

I look back on my first year with a j-pouch as a relatively successful one, although there are still complaints and challenges and aspirations yet to be fulfilled. Here’s a look at what I’ve learned after a year of living with my altered innards.

Out-N-In

So here’s a recap of what happened in the days after my surgery back on Tuesday, February 11. On the first night after my surgery I was pretty hopped up on goofballs painkillers, and I don’t remember how I positioned

Out-N-In

So here’s a recap of what happened in the days after my surgery back on Tuesday, February 11. On the first night after my surgery I was pretty hopped up on goofballs painkillers, and I don’t remember how I positioned

Roomies

In the middle of my first night in hospital after my ileostomy reversal, the painful pants of one of my roommates stirred me from my sleep. I had a privacy curtain wrapped around my corner of the room, so I

Roomies

In the middle of my first night in hospital after my ileostomy reversal, the painful pants of one of my roommates stirred me from my sleep. I had a privacy curtain wrapped around my corner of the room, so I

Bag be gone

My ileostomy reversal surgery was scheduled for 2 p.m. on February 11. That meant I would have to arrive at Mount Sinai Hospital at 11 a.m. I was pretty happy with the booking time, because I wouldn’t have to rush

Bag be gone

My ileostomy reversal surgery was scheduled for 2 p.m. on February 11. That meant I would have to arrive at Mount Sinai Hospital at 11 a.m. I was pretty happy with the booking time, because I wouldn’t have to rush

Someday

“I hope someday soon the biggest decision you’ll have to make is what colour your Acura TL will be.” Those were the words of my friend Joe, who spoke to me on the phone last week to wish my luck

Someday

“I hope someday soon the biggest decision you’ll have to make is what colour your Acura TL will be.” Those were the words of my friend Joe, who spoke to me on the phone last week to wish my luck

Happy anniversary, you little shit

Today is my 9-month stomaversary. Nine months since I had my colon cut out of my abdominal cavity. Nine months since I had my bowels rearranged. Nine months since I had an ileostomy constructed – a poorly constructed one at

Happy anniversary, you little shit

Today is my 9-month stomaversary. Nine months since I had my colon cut out of my abdominal cavity. Nine months since I had my bowels rearranged. Nine months since I had an ileostomy constructed – a poorly constructed one at

The c-word: why surgery does not cure ulcerative colitis

Last night while perusing my Twitter timeline, I noticed a couple of my fellow IBDers embroiled in a debate about cures for inflammatory bowel diseases. When the word cure is used in the same breath as IBD, it usually centers

The c-word: why surgery does not cure ulcerative colitis

Last night while perusing my Twitter timeline, I noticed a couple of my fellow IBDers embroiled in a debate about cures for inflammatory bowel diseases. When the word cure is used in the same breath as IBD, it usually centers