Okay, here's the truth. This surgery is complex and difficult. Recovery is hard enough when surgery is done when the patient is healthy but it's much harder when the patient has had the surgery in an emergency situation. Your recovery will take months, not weeks or days. You probably will see improvements in six week increments; but you will get better! Have patience, get plenty of rest, and I found going back to work distracted me from my butt and allowed me to recover mostly without thinking about it all the time.
dx proctitis in 1987
dx UC in 1991, was stable until 1998
1998 started prednisone, asacol, pentasa, nortriptylene, ativan, 6MP, rowasa enemas and suppositories, hydrocortisone enemas, tried the SCD diet, being a vegetarian, omega 3s, flax, pranic healing, yoga, acupuncture, probiotics
2000 lost all my B-12 stores and became anemic
2001 opted for j-pouch surgery- now living life med-free