Hi richard! I've been thinking of you!
I don't have takedown until the end of July, so I don't know yet - but I can say I've heard that things are like that in the beginning, but then get better. I have a friend who has a j pouch, and she said it was pretty horrible in the beginning, but got better steadily, and that after a month or so things were much more manageable. She said it took her a year to fully get better, ut she was back at work in 7 weeks.
I hope things improve for you quickly. Hang in there, and it's good to see you back!
If at first you do not succeed, then skydiving is surely not meant for you.
Jo - UC, total colectomy and ileostomy on August 24, 2008.