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   Posted 3/28/2009 4:01 PM (GMT -7)   
I had steak and salad for dinner this evening!!  My first salad in 6 months!!!  Needless to say it was SO good!!  I made sure to chew everything really well though!!! This is another post surgery first for me...hope it all turns out well in the end...(no pun)
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

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   Posted 3/28/2009 4:51 PM (GMT -7)   
congratulations!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! sounds delicious :):):):)
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   Posted 3/28/2009 5:26 PM (GMT -7)   
YAY for salad!

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   Posted 3/28/2009 6:59 PM (GMT -7)   
When I eat salad I can ALWAYS tell when its coming out of my stoma bc it feels wierd. Theres like..pressure behind my stoma it doesnt hurt but then it comes out in big strands or gobs. This will sound wierd but its pretty cool to watch it come out. It seriously looks like salad. Just thought id share that with you lol maybe mine comes out like that bc i dont really chew it to the extreme like i should =O but id make sure if i were you to chew everything really good. YAY your first salad! =) haha
17, SENIOR in high school
Dx with Ulcerative Colitis on March 18,2008
Step1 Ileostomy on Nov.19,2008..waiting on Step2 =]
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   Posted 3/28/2009 8:07 PM (GMT -7)   
oh one thing you may need to know, and this is totally gross, but lettuce sometimes floats in the toilet and is hard to flush down!

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   Posted 3/28/2009 10:34 PM (GMT -7)   
I had a tuna salad with cellery, capsicum (aka red pepper), corn and lettuce in it last night, very yummy!
I have had an ileostomy for 33 years now due to UC.
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   Posted 3/29/2009 4:15 AM (GMT -7)   
Cheers that's a great news. Well the golden rule after J pouch is that whatever you eat, make sure that you chew it properly. God has given us 32 teeth and we should enjoy every bite by chewing it 32 times so that all of them get there due share. That's what I do to avoid any blockage. Wish you speedy recovery and more of such salad sessions.
45 years Male
Diagnosed UC October 1989
Had two stage J Pouch Surgery Nov 2005 March 2006
Complications after surgery - Incisional Hernia and Ano Fistulas
on Combiflam, Multivitamins and restricted diet.
Tried Sallaki/Turmeric/Homoepathy/Allopathy/Chinese/Unani/Ayuvedic/Yoga before going for surgery
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   Posted 3/29/2009 4:40 AM (GMT -7)   
Sounds great Cher!! I remember my first salad and it too was wonderful. I'm happy for you!!! Isn't progression wonderful??
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 my large intestine...
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   Posted 3/29/2009 5:55 PM (GMT -7)   
Congratulations, Cheryl! :-) I love salads, too. Isn't it great to be able to eat them again?

Dx'd Crohn's in '99 at 28. Proctocolectomy and ileostomy in '06.
Disease-free, medicine-free, and very thankful to be healthy again.

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