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2 RIS K
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   Posted 3/17/2009 9:47 AM (GMT -7)   
Ok, so I'm eating a salad as I type this.  All it is is lettuce and salad dressing but it's the first salad I've had since all this surgery and everything.  My surgeon gave me the go ahead but I'm still nervous it might cause a blockage.  I wanted one so bad I haven't had lettuce or a salad since August of 08. 
 
I'm chewing the holy bejesus out of it!!!  It tastes SO GOOD!!!  Wish me luck!!!
Amanda
35 years old
Chronic Lifetime Constipation
Diagnosed IBS - 1995
Rectal Prolapse - February 2007
Rectosigmoid Colectomy w/low anterior Anastomosis - March 13, 2007
Diagnosed with Colonic Inertia - June 08
Total Colectomy - September 22, 2008
Temporary Ileostomy due to small bowell perforation Septepmber 29, 2008
Ileostomy Reversal - December 15, 2008
Multiple Small Bowel Abscesses-December 22, 2008
Leak at original Anastamosis -December 25, 2008
JP Drain removed - January 23, 2009
Still adjusting to life without a colon...
 
The whole world is at your feet; so paint your toenails Red!
 


RobinByrd
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   Posted 3/17/2009 10:17 AM (GMT -7)   
Good Luck!!! 
smilewinkgrin  
 
I've only ventured to a tad bit of shredded lettuce on tacos...I'm scared about salads too!!!  And corn...and beans...and hotdogs...and my beloved popcorn. 
 
Please post later today or tomorrow and tell it went.
 
smurf  
: )  Robin
 
28 year old Mommy of an amazing 1 year old and Wife for 2 years!
Dx-May 2007 Moderate/Severe Pancolitis - failed all medications
 
Proctocolectomy w/ permanent ileostomy on 02/06/09!!!
 
"Your mind is like a parachute, it only works when it is open."  -Unknown


Roddiesgirl
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   Posted 3/17/2009 11:06 AM (GMT -7)   
You go girl!!  I was fortunate in that when I had my ileostomy I could eat lettuce with no problems as long as I chewed really well.  Hopefully you'll be able to tolerate this now as well.  Tastes good huh???  lol.........Cheryl

Hysterectomy 1998
Diagnosed IBS 2000
Vaginal Prolapse Surgery 2001
3 Hernia Repairs, 2004
Repeat Vaginal Prolapse Surgery 2006 (the mesh from previous prolapse surgery had let go and fallen into my bowels)...
Removal of mesh from bowels (it was piercing holes all through my bowels and appendix and cecum, causing 2 fistulas and heavy bleeding vaginally and rectally)...mesh was removed, two pieces of large bowel removed and resectioned with a loop ileostomy. 2008
 
I have underlying connective tissue disorder (Ehlers Danloss Syndrome) which is the reason for the two failed surgeries)
 
Ileostomy Reversal March 9/09


2 RIS K
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   Posted 3/17/2009 12:48 PM (GMT -7)   
OK, so I ate the lettuce EXACTLY 2 hours ago (to the minute) and it's already coming out. WOW!!! What does that mean? Is that normal? I've never been able to recognize any other food before so i had no idea what my transit time really is now. Does that really mean it's only 2 hours???
Amanda
35 years old
Chronic Lifetime Constipation
Diagnosed IBS - 1995
Rectal Prolapse - February 2007
Rectosigmoid Colectomy w/low anterior Anastomosis - March 13, 2007
Diagnosed with Colonic Inertia - June 08
Total Colectomy - September 22, 2008
Temporary Ileostomy due to small bowell perforation Septepmber 29, 2008
Ileostomy Reversal - December 15, 2008
Multiple Small Bowel Abscesses-December 22, 2008
Leak at original Anastamosis -December 25, 2008
JP Drain removed - January 23, 2009
Still adjusting to life without a colon...
 
The whole world is at your feet; so paint your toenails Red!
 


vintageman
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   Posted 3/17/2009 1:07 PM (GMT -7)   

LOL, lettuce can travel fast sometimes !  Bananas too for me.

Eating something you were afraid to eat before surgery is a bit stressful, but what a kick when you pass it through just fine !

I remember being terrified to eat a donair after my surgery. A donair is a pita filled with spiced beef in a sweet sauce, with tomatoes and onions. They are awesome. I ate the thing and prepared to die during the night....I was thrilled to have no side effects at all. Promptly ate another one in celebration.  :-)

 

 


2 RIS K
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   Posted 3/17/2009 1:13 PM (GMT -7)   
Good for you! That does sound good. I haven't eaten a tomato yet, I wonder what that will do to me?

So does that mean some foods travel faster than others?
Amanda
35 years old
Chronic Lifetime Constipation
Diagnosed IBS - 1995
Rectal Prolapse - February 2007
Rectosigmoid Colectomy w/low anterior Anastomosis - March 13, 2007
Diagnosed with Colonic Inertia - June 08
Total Colectomy - September 22, 2008
Temporary Ileostomy due to small bowell perforation Septepmber 29, 2008
Ileostomy Reversal - December 15, 2008
Multiple Small Bowel Abscesses-December 22, 2008
Leak at original Anastamosis -December 25, 2008
JP Drain removed - January 23, 2009
Still adjusting to life without a colon...
 
The whole world is at your feet; so paint your toenails Red!
 


moreglorydays
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   Posted 3/17/2009 1:26 PM (GMT -7)   
Wow! This is interesting interesting info! Good for you for being so brave. I have only had lettuce in other foods. I have also had pieces of tomato, too, and made sure to chew chew chew. I have no idea about transit time, because it seems like all I do is empty and eat, or vice versa. Oh, and drink! - Water!
Vintageman, donairs sound very yummy!
scheduled for permanent ileostomy surgery 2/19 proctocolectomy with permanent ileostomy 2/19
tried asacol, rowasa, remicade, humira
currently on 40 mgs.10 mgs  5mgs. prednisone, 20mgs and tapering every ten days
51 years young


2 RIS K
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   Posted 3/17/2009 1:28 PM (GMT -7)   
Ok so i looked at my time again and my math is wrong. It was 3 hours; not 2. I can be so dumb sometimes!!
Amanda
35 years old
Chronic Lifetime Constipation
Diagnosed IBS - 1995
Rectal Prolapse - February 2007
Rectosigmoid Colectomy w/low anterior Anastomosis - March 13, 2007
Diagnosed with Colonic Inertia - June 08
Total Colectomy - September 22, 2008
Temporary Ileostomy due to small bowell perforation Septepmber 29, 2008
Ileostomy Reversal - December 15, 2008
Multiple Small Bowel Abscesses-December 22, 2008
Leak at original Anastamosis -December 25, 2008
JP Drain removed - January 23, 2009
Still adjusting to life without a colon...
 
The whole world is at your feet; so paint your toenails Red!
 


psygirl6
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   Posted 3/17/2009 3:52 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Amanda,
That is great about the sald. I had my first salad a couple of months ago. It came out right away. But it actually helped me and actually "sucked up" the stomach acids so my BM was not as acid. I love my salad and now that I can ahve it, it is great. Now salad is one of the foods, besides gluten free wheat free pastas that bind me up. I love salad. I practically cried when I thought I could never have it again. now, with all of my food intolerances(not related to or caused the surgery, but were "brought out" and discovered after the surgery) Salad is the only food that I still can have that I actually enjoy and love, so I am very happy. Salad, the food of the gods and godesses. Well, Congrats again and I am very glad that you are doing well. All those things like eating salad, to me anyway, is a mjor step and a major accomplishment and I am very proud of you. Keep up the good work.
Maya
Rectal Prolapse Surgery: December 2006
diagnosed with slow transit constipation: June 2008
total colectomy with ileo-rectal anamastosis: Aug 7, 2008
Numerous food intolerances (gluten,lactose,msg,etc)


vintageman
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   Posted 3/17/2009 4:00 PM (GMT -7)   

I agree that a donair is tastier than the average salad. wink   Next time you guys are in the Maritimes I'll treat ya !

Some foods do seem to travel faster than others, although it probably depends on what's in the pipe at the time.  Take your time reintroducing foods you like and I bet you'll be pleased at all the variety you can eat again.

2 RIS K, eat a nice slice of tomato and see what happens....they are pretty soft and easy to digest. I bet you have no trouble...at least I hope so....  :-)

Mike


summerstorm
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   Posted 3/17/2009 6:10 PM (GMT -7)   
I ate 2 salads today (and almost a whole pineapple, again, will i never learn???) and they go through me in less than an hour! and its really annoying, because, this is gross, but lettuce floats in the toilet sometimes! and its really nasty!

When i first started eating salads i got that shredded kind, like Robin is talkign about on tacos, that way it was already small. But now i eat regular lettuce

RobinByrd
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   Posted 3/17/2009 7:25 PM (GMT -7)   

I'm so glad you've had a successful experience!!!

shakehead I am NEVER eating broccolli again..nope.  It's been hours and hours later and I am miserable.  OUCH!!!

You continue with your salads and ENJOY!!!  Maybe after I'm over this trauma and feeling brave (which will not be for quite some time), I may...MAY...attempt whole bites of lettuce.  I'm not a huge salad fan anyway.

Man this gas stuff HURTS!!!!  Boo-Hoo!!!!!!!!!!

 

smurf   *ignore the smiling smurf...he's currently pouting*


: )  Robin
 
28 year old Mommy of an amazing 1 year old and Wife for 2 years!
Dx-May 2007 Moderate/Severe Pancolitis - failed all medications
 
Proctocolectomy w/ permanent ileostomy on 02/06/09!!!
 
"Your mind is like a parachute, it only works when it is open."  -Unknown


summerstorm
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   Posted 3/17/2009 7:58 PM (GMT -7)   
robin, you are so soon out from surgery, wait a month or two and then try broccoli again! Also, only eat the top parts dont eat the stems and take gas x about 15 minutes or so before you eat it!
I discovered that when i eat cheese and broccoli, steamed or whatever i dont get gas near as bad as if i just eat it plain out.
Now that you have the gas, lay on your left side, and pull your knees up to your chest and pump them back and forth like that, kind of like you do a baby with gas. it will help a bunch!
feel better!

2 RIS K
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   Posted 3/18/2009 6:06 AM (GMT -7)   
Well, all the lettuce seemed to come out just fine with no problems.  I also ate a chili cheese dog last night and had no problems.  I know I'm probably risking too much but I couldn't resist.  Besides, I had planned a taditional corned beef and cabbage dinner for St. Patrick's Day but time got away from me and i ended up not having time for it. So tonight that's what I'm having.
 
I just wanted to say that I have had fresh broccoli, carrots, and snow pea pods with no ill effects too.  I bough a bag a couple of weeks ago and they were delicious!!  I'm so excited to be able to eat these things!!  I couldn't tell how quickly they went through though.
 
I have a feeling the salad went through quick because I ate Fiber One cereal for  breakfast.  Has anyone else tried that?  It is yummy and it really makes me go!!!  I'm going to remember it next time I have a blockage.  It has more dietary fiber in it than the Benefiber my doctor told me to take.
Amanda
35 years old
Chronic Lifetime Constipation
Diagnosed IBS - 1995
Rectal Prolapse - February 2007
Rectosigmoid Colectomy w/low anterior Anastomosis - March 13, 2007
Diagnosed with Colonic Inertia - June 08
Total Colectomy - September 22, 2008
Temporary Ileostomy due to small bowell perforation Septepmber 29, 2008
Ileostomy Reversal - December 15, 2008
Multiple Small Bowel Abscesses-December 22, 2008
Leak at original Anastamosis -December 25, 2008
JP Drain removed - January 23, 2009
Still adjusting to life without a colon...
 
The whole world is at your feet; so paint your toenails Red!
 


praying4healing
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   Posted 3/19/2009 2:36 PM (GMT -7)   
i do chef salads...the lettuce is already shredded. with cheese, ham turkey and thousad island dressing mmmm....just thinking about it made me hungry
25 y/o female- crohns disease since 14
Ileostomy pending-very worried
Tried asacol,pentasa,prednisone,remicade,6mp,azasan, no avail
Seatons placed
Worst year ever!

"For God has not given us the spirit of fear....."
Where does mine come from?!
 Temp Ileostomy performed 1/29/08
Still Adusting
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awesomeame
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   Posted 3/19/2009 6:15 PM (GMT -7)   
I eat salads too...I make them all up, chicken ceasar is my fav, then I throw it all in a blender and drink it like smoothie!!! Add ice and vodka for some extra spice ;)

I used to be afraid of eating these supposed foods that can cause blockages...but I bought myself a superduperuberexpensive blender and if I'm uncertain with anything I just throw it in there for a few seconds and then no worries!!

Also buying creamed corn seems to work just fine for me...whole corn gets the blender treatment tho..

Matt
Dec 2006: Proctocolectomy/permanent ileostomy
Since 1991: Indeterminate crohn's/ulserative colitis


summerstorm
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   Posted 3/20/2009 8:28 AM (GMT -7)   
you add vodka to salad??? A man after my own heart!  vodka makes everything better, lol.

pepperann27
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   Posted 3/22/2009 9:18 PM (GMT -7)   
I don't trust broccoli because I've gotten blocked twice from it, if its completely cooked then its ok, but I will never eat it raw.
thanks, Dusti

Diagnosed with colonic inertia at 13 years old, had my colon removed.
Diagnosed with rectal inertia at 16 years old, had my rectum removed and had a jpouch made.
Diagnosed with small bowel inertia at 18 years old, and got an ileostomy wich I still have. I am 27 now.
If you want to know more, just ask me!
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