Oh, boy. What a mess. I really do feel for you, Chris, truly. You've had a horrible, horrible time.
I don't know what to suggest about
uni. I expect you'd feel really disappointed to have to defer, but I do know how hard it is to disengage once you're enrolled and committed and facing deadlines and exams. Apart from anything else, there's the pressure to keep up, to keep it all in your head, to prepare for exams... but you can't keep deferring your education forever, either.
I'm not sure if I have anything useful to say about
the gas, except that my surgeon was very sad to hear that I was passing gas through my fistula, and said that it was a pretty good sign that it had cut through the sphincter muscle. And lo, it had. Whether that means that *yours* has cut through the muscle too, is a different matter. It certainly might have.
I am sending lots of sympathy and hugs your way. It really doesn't stop for you, does it? Are you still seeing your pain management docs? If so, perhaps they can offer some help, support and advice too.
Sympathy aside, have you thought about
studying by correspondence instead of doing it face-to-face? I expect this would make things much easier for you, as you could do it at your own pace and wouldn't have to worry about
sitting through long lectures, getting to uni, etc etc etc etc etc. Were you Australian, I'd be able to suggest a few options for you, but seeing as you're not, I'll leave suggestions to our American friends.
Keep hanging in there. I get angry at life sometimes - you're too young to be going through all this. Actually, I take that back: NOBODY needs to endure what you have, no matter how old they are.
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