Finally went swimming!!!!

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Date Joined Feb 2007
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   Posted 6/18/2009 10:20 PM (GMT -6)   

I did it. I faced the scary pool with my head held high. Actually it was a water park.
No shorts, or skirts needed.
I wore a one-piece swim suit. (as i think the public would not want to see me in a two-piece wearing a two-piece tongue - sorry, I jsut can't get enough of that joke!) and a two-piece appliance - sensura flex.

All was fine.
I woke up with a tummy ache. It hurt everywhere I touched my abdomen. I felt nauseated, and didn't want to move much, but I had to b/c I had to take care of my daughter anyway. It's so weird to have a tummy ache since I haven't had many after my surgeries-I used to live them daily.
BUT I wasn't going to let that ruin our day.

The weather was beautiful! 90-something degrees.

We had a blast. Elliott loved it and my ostomy behaved. It didn't fill much (maybe b/c I barely ate breakfast, or maybe I had a little blockage....or something, I don't know).
But you couldn't even see it under my suit. And no leaks! I'm even wearing the same wafer I put on last night, but a new bag. I have poison ivy on my legs, and I know people were looking at that and NOT my bag.

I'm so excited to have the first time over with. And I'm looking forward to spending the summer in the water!
28 yrs. old. married with one beautiful daughter (born 11/20/07)
-diagnosed with severe pancolitis u/c 2002 had total colectomy 12/19/08; emergency surgery due to abscess-had to redo ileostomy and switch to left side 12/25/08; 2/15/09 found blood clot in superior mesenteric vein (prob. from inf. and surgery inflammation)
coumadin, prenatal vit.
(temporary ileostomy....maybe)

"Things turn out the best for those who make the best of the way things turn out."

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Date Joined Apr 2008
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   Posted 6/18/2009 10:24 PM (GMT -6)   
Yay -- that is terrific! I am working up my nerve, hopefully I will soon be as brave as you! I wear the sensura flex too, and am so glad that it was inconspicuous for you.
Dx Mild Proctitis 7/06 at age 33, Dx Severe Pan Colitis 5/07, Dx Crohn's Colitis 10/07
Failed Asacol, Lialda, 6-MP, Canasa, Rowasa, Proctofoam, Entocort, Remicade, Humira
10/10/08 colon removed, temporary ileostomy
11/10/08 FINALLY off prednisone after 18 months
2nd of 3 surgeries planned for '09 to form j-pouch

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Date Joined Aug 2006
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   Posted 6/18/2009 11:15 PM (GMT -6)   
YAY so glad you had a good time!

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Date Joined Jan 2006
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   Posted 6/19/2009 6:00 AM (GMT -6)   
Those are the kind of messages that help me lots. You went ahead with living. Thanks and have a great summer.

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Date Joined Jul 2007
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   Posted 6/19/2009 1:07 PM (GMT -6)   
Woo Hoo, Chassity! So glad you and Elliott had a good time.
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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Date Joined Feb 2006
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   Posted 6/21/2009 10:31 AM (GMT -6)   
WTG! I'm still working up the nerve to do some swimming too

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

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