Do you think you will ask for the plastic close like Amey mentioned?
My story..always had constipation. Around 14 it got really bad...diagnosed with IBS, GERD, and slow emptying stomach. I've tried citrucel, zelnorm, miralax, etc. Now I can't go on my own at all!!! I have to take laxatives or give myself warm water bag enemas..4 to be exact. I feel nauseous, fatigue and just plain crappy most of the time. I am 5'1" and 94 lbs. I was down to 90 a few months ago.
I have to admit that I am addicted to feeling empty...after I relieve myself...that is the best feeling in the world!!
GAS....oh, boy do I know what that is about!!! Sometimes it smells so toxic I can't stand to be around myself, lol! It is truly embarrasing and painful. I don't know if it is from the fiber or what. My Sitz Marker (after the 7th day) showed 3 rings were passed (that is only b/c I manually removed the poop). Do you know where the rings were? Mine were primarly in the sigmoid.
I am so scared that I am going to end up putting my schooling and community involvement on hold for a while...wishful thinking...but I am hoping b/c I am young and relatively healthy, that I will bounce right back without any serious complications.
The weight loss...I am worried about...my body can't handle that. I already get chest pains sometimes and leg cramps from the constant use of laxatives.
If you want to email me off list...don't know if I can give you my email on this message board though...
Where do you live? I live in PA...my surgeon is in MD...he is awesome and confident...sounds just like yours.