Let me give you my history when I had my temporary colostomy reversed: My doctor said to eat anything I wanted, possibly 4 to 6 small meals a day, not 3 but to live life, enjoy it, take Immodium.
WELL, that was the absolute worst advice I had ever been given!
I was having 3 bm's during one meal. As soon as I chewed, I had a bm. I could barely get to the kitchen sometimes, I joked I would take meals in the bathroom from now on. I mostly hung out in my bedroom and master bathroom. I swear but I thought that my life as I knew was over. Yes I had beat cancer but lost an important part of my colon and was forever changed.
Meanwhile I'm eating the diet I used to eat - you know, the one that we're supposed to eat! Whole wheat products - Brownberry breads, english muffins, bagels, bran cereal, brown rice, lots of fresh fruits (pineapple, strawberries, red raspberries, blueberries, kiwi) and fresh vegetables.
I was a MESS!
I went on the computer, found a colon cancer support group and forum. Someone posted my exact symptoms. Turns out they had severe D and multiple bm's, from chemo. They were pleading for help since they had to leave their home for treatments and then somehow get back into a car, without wearing depends (what I've always avoided).
Then bless this person's heart, someone posted a link for a very simple diet - the low residue diet. This person pointed out the person going thru chemo needed low residue and to avoid fiber. I looked at that list of foods and it was if a light bulb came on. It's the BRAT diet, the one you give children after they've had a severe intestinal bug go thru them. I would have never given my children whole wheat products and fresh pineapple after just experiencing D! It suddenly dawned on me I was irritating my colon - big time. So I went on this LRD and within 48 hours I was a new person. I could leave my home, I could get behind the wheel of a car and actually go to the mall with my kids. Of course I needed to know where the next bathroom was located but I could get thru an hour or two without a bm.
I thought I had died and gone to Heaven!
I saw my surgeon soon after that and told him about
this diet. He paused for a long time, oh 2 minutes or more, pondering what I was saying. It was in those quiet, tense moments I had decided to lie thru my teeth if he said to go off that diet immediately. Sure doc, sure I will - NOT! Anyway, he said - you know Mary, that diet makes complete sense to me. You were probably raw from going so much and these foods calm the gut. Well, doh I wanted to say!
To sum it up, I stayed religiously on this diet for about
2 years. Then I began straying here and there. A chocolate chip
cookie or fresh fruit. Now I'm on it for about
75% of the time and can sneak quite a bit in. Just not whole wheat - that is out.
Still cancer free, 10 years later and I haven't been told to go off this diet. LOL!
I am staying on it too!
That's my story....sorry, meant to make it short but got carried away. Yes, I do know how to type - the old fashioned way, "home row" and all that. You all probably knew that by now. he he
- Rectal Cancer 4/29/99, Stage I, no treatment necessary
(5 hour colon resection: 90% sigmoid removed, 15 inches of colon removed, gall bladder removed, temporary colostomy, reversed 8 weeks later)
- Chronic IBS/D symptoms, multiple bm's, on low residue diet
- Takes Colace 50 mg each evening
Post Edited (Marsky) : 7/23/2009 8:05:26 PM (GMT-6)