Amey - remind me again, how much colon and small intestine did they remove? All your colon, right? And how much small? I've had all of my colon & several feet of small removed and most of my output is watery, usually. And depending on what and how much I eat, I bet I'm up around 32 oz, but I've been eating like a horse too! You don't eat that much.. your salad from Chili's would have lasted me a couple of hours and I would have been hungry again!!!
Also, diet really determines output -- what goes in must come out!! Some things act like a laxative for me.... like black licorice candy, apple juice, cider, vinegar (italian dressing). So, when I eat those things, output is the same as input... really quick! But sometimes I just can't help myself but I try to eat these items at home cuz I know the "out"come!!
Don't be so hard on yourself... you are only 1 month out. Things are still adjusting. Your body's getting used to its new plumbing. Sometimes I find that fish and seafood slow my output down some. I just drink more fluids when I eat them. Food for thought! It's good you are getting out and trying new foods. Good for you.
So Amey, is it looking like the motility problem "might" be resolving itself as you slowly increase your food intake? Does putting more in your system now seem to push what is in there out at all for you with the ileo? Do you have to wait for the tummy to empty or is it that you really Don't feel hungry to eat any thing else? I'm really trying to wrap my brain around CI... sorry for asking the questions. I am so exactly the opposite of you. And yes, removing part of the small intestine can and for me has led to some absorption issues.
This happens to me if I don't drink enough liquids. If I just sit down and eat my meal my output is really thick and hangs around the stoma, if I drink more liquids with my meal the thinner the output. But thats just me.... Everyone is different.
Hope it gets better. And it will.
I had Wendy's Chili today for lunch too. But I brought it home, added a huge handful of shredded cheddar cheese and heated up a couple of leftover homemade yeast rolls to go with. MMMM!
Yes, I'm beginning to understand a bit more about CI.. I'm glad it is better for you now and I sure hope that things continue to improve for you. Are you still holding a lot of fluids --- swelling or puffy at all?