This is great news! It is especially great that it happened to someone who is so informative and caring. I always read your posts when I see them because of the information I gain and your inspirational attitude. We're doing the happy dance in New York for you!
That's wonderful news! I'm so happy for you. You're such a positive influence on this forum, it's only fitting that you should be on the receiving end of some good news. You have my best wishes that things will continue to get better and better for you. Congratulations!
Amey: It seems as though my digestive system has changed quite a bit over the last year - for the good. Things are slowing down on their own, mostly in part to my change in diet (I think). So, based on the way my system is acting, I want to slowly try to get off of them.. doc is ok with it and encourages it. BUT, he said too, that after all of these years, I know my body better than he does and that if it doesn't work, don't sweat it. The big one for me to try to eliminate is the Nexium just because it has worked so well for me WHEN I had a real problem. Now I just want my gut to get back to normal. Bentyl would be my second one to eliminate. If I get stressed tho, the first place that I feel it is in my stomach and intestines. Controlling stress is the key for me. (And we are in the process of building a new home - my husband and I are the general contractors. No Stress There, right?!!)
To Everyone who has wished me well - Thank you so very much. You all are my extended family and I do keep up with the reading of all of your posts. We are pretty busy with our house right now, so I haven't been able to post much lately.
To all of you that are contemplating or waiting on surgery - I wish you the very best. My ileostomy has been the best thing that happened in my life and I hope that it will be for you too. Ask questions - don't feel anything is too trivial. Be prepared because knowledge is the key to a successful surgery and speedy recovery. I certainly wish I had all of the different resources to choose from back in 1984 that you all have today. The biggest being this forum and information on the internet.
For those of you recovering or post surgery, be patient. It will get better with each day. Be positive. Enjoy eating again, whatever your diet is right now. And continue to ask those questions. We are here on this site for you. If you are having leakage problems, wafer problems, or any other appliance issues - try changing or altering your system. As you all know by know, I am such a believer in the Eakin Seals. One of the folks here on this forum suggested the Eakins to me, and it worked. I feel like she was watching over me. It worked! Then I recommended it to another member and it worked for her too.
Thank you all for being there and being understanding and so caring. I hope I can repay you in the days, weeks, months to come.