The illusion of having a normal GI tract.....

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   Posted 9/12/2008 10:34 PM (GMT -7)   
Crampygrammy's topic about stressing out so much and giving herself D from hosting a party today, prompted me to start this topic.

Managing my IBS-like symptoms due to having had rectal cancer, 90% of my sigmoid removed, along with 15 inches of my colon and my gall bladder taken out, is like a puzzle. If all the pieces are in place, I do fairly well. But if one is missing or out of place, LOL, well, then I have problems......but most of the time here's what I find helps me the most:

The illusion of having a normal colon, in a "normal colon" world, when truth be told, mine isn't anywhere normal. But I do a whole heck of a lot of pretending, let me tell you! In public, in family settings, at work, if I were to actually tell others what I go thru each single day, they'd be shocked. So I basically fake it.

Check out the definition of the word illusion!

1. An erroneous perception of reality. An erroneous concept or belief.
2. The condition of being deceived by a false perception or belief.
3. Something, such as a fantastic plan or desire, that causes an erroneous belief or perception.
4. Illusionism in art.
5. A fine transparent cloth, used for dresses or trimmings.

I had to laugh when I read the variations of the meaning of this word. I pride myself on being honest but when it comes to my gut, it's been my experience that most people just do not want to hear I have multiple bm's each day, struggle with bloating, gas, sometimes D, etc.

I guess in this one way I am not an honest person. But then again, colon talk is still so taboo (which is a shame! We could avoid so many colon cancers if people would just talk about it!)....

Anyway, does anyone else here have their own illusion act? LOL!!!

I really do have an excellent perception and grasp on reality. Honest! It's just this one tiny (ha!) area I almost pretend isn't going on.......because if I face it, people ask what's wrong and then they look at me so shocked that it's almost just not worth talking about it all (to normal colon folks).


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   Posted 9/13/2008 9:00 AM (GMT -7)   
An illusion act? Being dishonest? No! Think of it as positive thinking instead. And there certainly is some truth to the power of positive thinking IMO.

I tried very hard last night (during the party -- which btw went very well and so did my stomach) to keep your advice in mind about thinking ahead and keeping in mind the fact that it will all be over and back to normal in the morning. It was like one day at a time, but in this case, one hour at a time and I was able to get through it all without too much stress.


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   Posted 9/13/2008 6:12 PM (GMT -7)   
C-grammy - so glad your party was a success and your stomach cooperated! Yay!

And see now you can officially relax.

I do like your take on my topic - positive thinking! I like that. I do a whole lot of pretending, in my head, in my gut and the image I portray to others that do not know me that well. Maybe there is something to this approach. All I know is it does sometimes work. And sometimes I just need a day at home and to let happen, what wants to happen. I haven't had a bad day in a while, knock on wood. But I have gone everyday still, like I have for 9 years now. That's a given. If I eat, I will have a bm. My latest trick is to eat very small amounts so my touchy system isn't overwhelmed with a large amount of food coming through. It does seem to be working (and my nightly dose of 50 mg of Colace).


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   Posted 9/22/2008 4:31 AM (GMT -7)   
Hey all, just wanted to give you all a chuckle or two. At my expense.

So much for that "illusion of a normal GI tract" approach.....

That was working fairly well, along with my low residue diet, Colace each night, etc., etc.

Until Hurricane Ike went north into the Ohio Valley and my area, Cincinnati, OH on Sunday, Sept. 14. We had a freak 3 hour windstorm, with sustained wind gusts of up to 84 MPH! We had 90% of Cincinnati in the dark (Louisville - KY, Dayton and Columbus - OH were all hit hard too).......trees toppled onto transformers, on houses, cars, sadly on people (5 lost their lives), stores and gas stations closed, schools closed, some all week long. There are still customers w/o power as I type but it's a very small percentage now. Our power had been out for 19 hours. By the time it was restored, many people had lost hundreds of $ in food, restaurants and grocery stores had to pitch so much food. Authorities said not to risk food poisoning.

So, I was pretty freaked out at eating! My "white diet" dwindled here at home. My bananas ran out, I needed a simple Stouffer's turkey and mashed potato meal in the worst way....but my freezer held ice cubes, blue ice for our cooler, garlic bread and a bag of frozen vegetable (we had restocked but I didn't trust any meat in any grocery store).

It's a terrible thing when your trust is shaken.

So, we had stuffed peppers one night made with white rice and tuna.

The next night I made a dish I serve over toast out of either turkey or chicken (usually fresh). I used Swanson's canned chicken.

I finally broke down and bought Amish chicken breasts yesterday. I had my return to normal meal, baked chicken, mashed potatoes, etc.

So far, so good, knock on wood......LOL!!!

I've always joked if I ever get food poisoning, you might as well admit me to the hospital with an IV bag. I will be a major mess....

And oh yeah, I have had 2 bananas already.

White diet here I come.....I was so out of whack by Saturday I wanted a calm, quiet day yesterday. My hubby joked - what you need are your white foods! I said, yes I do! All white, thank you very much......

It's just a darn good thing I like plain, comfort food. If not, I'd be miserable eating this way....he he!

Thanks for reading. Nothing like a major power outage to throw everything off in the IBS like puzzle I solve each day. What fun - not!

Oh to have a normal gut.....yeah, in a perfect world. I wish we ALL had normal guts!

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