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Date Joined Jul 2009
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   Posted 7/8/2009 10:25 PM (GMT -6)   
So, I am supposed to be returning to college in mid-August and have yet to have my reversal. I have a meeting with my surgeon on Monday and assume that I will get a date for the next surgery then. I know everyone has different recovery times and what not but does anyone have thoughts on the matter? Do you think I should be able to go back to school in August or should I start looking into how to cancel my housing and stuff just to be on the safe side? When I had the first surgery in May I really thought things would progress much faster than they did, and now I am concerned. The thought of taking a semester off disgusts me, but at the same time if I can't handle adjusting to the j-pouch/classes/ walking everywhere I go, I guess it's what I should do.
Also, I thought since my surgery is (hopefully) coming up I'd see what foods people have found helpful to eat after the reversal. I was looking on about people eating blue berries and other foods I've just been a little bit concerned about eating for fear of a blockage (maybe I'm too cautious). Anyway, does the list of foods recommended to avoid change at all?

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Date Joined Dec 2008
Total Posts : 511
   Posted 7/8/2009 10:42 PM (GMT -6)   
You could also ask at  They are a wonderful group of people there. 
I am not having a reversal.  I asked for a permanent ileo, and I am so glad I did.  I'm in grad school and absolutely LOVE sitting in class not having to worry about the bathroom.  I actually sat right smack dab in the middle of class last session!  I wasn't anywhere near the door!!!  Because my classes are  2.5-5 hours at a time I sneak out between breaks if I need to empty my accessory b/c I prefer to do that alone.  yeah
I wish you luck!!!! 
: )  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

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Date Joined Aug 2007
Total Posts : 1998
   Posted 7/9/2009 3:06 AM (GMT -6)   
Everyone recovers differently. So, you may be ready to go back --- I don't have a j pouch, so I'm not speaking from experience. But I am sure others will be along to give you their 2 cents worth.

You might just want to check into who your contacts at the Univ are IF you need to cancel for the semester. At least you will have the research done now, phone numbers in hand and deadline information for full refunds. As far as refunds go, a medical excuse - providing your doctor will give you one - may override all the deadlines for you. Check into that as well. Just my suggestions - I worked at a University and they are pretty sympathetic to illness related withdrawals from school.
Diagnosed with CD in 1979, many resections and meds
Perm Ileostomy July 1984 at Cleveland Clinic
Disease free since surgery 

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