Hi Gang. I'm new to this and all forums but have decided to participate. Hopefully, I can find info to help me and offer info to help others. Brief health history: 2005 dianosed with type II diabetes. Initially treated with oral meds but started taking insulin in 2008. Oct 2007, had a heart attack caused from smoking. Had a stent put in and have had no heart problems since. (Quit smoking that day.) January 2008 diagnosed with Crohn's disease. Treated unsuccessfully with various medications for approximately a year. After another doctor did another colonoscopy, re-diagnosed as UC. As bad as it was, I am told UC is 100 times better than Crohn's. Unable to get UC under control and kept feeling worse and worse (including up to 25 bathroom visits per day) until Aug 2009 when colon was removed and J-Pouch constructed. Initially that went well, but developed serious infection that I just about died from. Three operations within 2 weeks and in hospital for 24 days. Had ileostomy reversed on March 1, 2010. Supposed to be in hospital 3 - 5 days but as luck would have it, I stayed for 12. It seems my bowels took a long time to begin working. So, here it is a month later and I am joining this forum to learm from other people how to manage my new "self". Still in the bathroom every couple of hours. And as you can imagine, I am trying to learn a new diet that will help my rear not be so irritated (that is an understatement) and not be too high in carbs. Maintaining weight okay... take a daily vitamin... drink lots of water.
Diabetically speaking, I am very successful at managing my glucose by counting carbs at each meal and adjusting insulin (humalog) accordingly. I use 1 unit of insulin for each 5 carbs. I check my glucose at every meal and have a target goal of 100. For every 20 points above 100, I add 1 unit of insulin as a correction dose. These numbers were formulated with the guidance of the nurse practitioner I see every three months and my daily logs of carbs for each meal and snack and the amount of humalog taken. I also take 30 units of lantus before bed each night.
Struggling with my new plumbing (J-Pouch). Need to come up with a plan for testing new foods so I can get some relief from the bathroom. It seems eggs, toast with cheese, orange juice mixed with light cranberry juice is working for morning meal. I can sometimes get three hours between bathroom visits. Lunch has been turkey sandwich with light mayo, potatoe chips and usually shortbread cookies. This kind of meal offers a little shorter interval between bathroom visits but is tolerable. Dinner has been producing the worst results unless I eat turkey or chicken, canned french cut string beans and mac & cheese. I think the key might be that I'm eating too much at dinner. Did I mention that I love to eat?
I know it has only been 6 weeks. Should I be more patient?