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Date Joined Oct 2008
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   Posted 9/15/2009 11:14 AM (GMT -6)   
Im on my first day back at work. Well second, but I went home an hour after I got here yesterday. I did a smart/dumb thing over the weekend. After 6 months of taking pain meds (Ulcerative Colitis, then Emergency Surgery), I dumped my bottle of pain pills on Sunday. Yep, that made Monday pretty not fun. No sleep for the last 2 days.

At least I feel okay today. I have a feeling Ill be great tomorrow so long as I can get a good nights sleep tonight.

Im a couple of hours in to my day now, and Im pulling through. One of my best friends is online, and Im chatting with him. It's making the day go by much easier.

Anyways, wish me luck on my first week.

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   Posted 9/15/2009 12:04 PM (GMT -6)   
So you are brave. I haven't dumped my pain pills yet but have tried to cut down with the strength I am taking and how many. 6 weeks today. Whoa... I didn't take a sleeping pill for the first time in a while and that was rough enough. I didn't go to bed until 2:00 am. So today I will just see if and when I fall apart and need a nap. I am supposed to start trainning people next week, I teach fitness for a job.

So what do you do for a job? Is it physically strenuous? Do you have the eating thing figured out for energy during the day? Nice to have friends to help you thru this. Mine have been amazing. I have been so loved and nurtured don't know how to cope with all the attention. It will end. Then I am flying solo.

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Date Joined Oct 2008
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   Posted 9/15/2009 12:10 PM (GMT -6)   
Im lucky. I have a desk job. In fact I was working from home the last 2 weeks. This is just the first time taking the trek in to the office. (and getting dressed, and being in public with the bag)

My friend is an ex ostomy person too. He got in a very bad car wreck about 5 years ago, and had to have a bag for a long time. So he knows what Im going through. It really is nice having someone to talk to.


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Date Joined Sep 2008
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   Posted 9/15/2009 2:04 PM (GMT -6)   
Congrats on going back to work! Don't push yourself too much. I have a desk job too, and its amazing how tiring it can be just sitting at a desk all day. I came back part-time for a couple weeks. And even with part-time hours, I went home and got right back into pj's and laid back down on the couch for a nap.
Diagnosed w/IBS: Oct. 2006  Diagnosed w/UC: Jan. 2007 (proctitis), July 2008 (pancolitis)
1st Surgery for J-Pouch: May 22, 2009 - need 2 more surgeries, dates TBD
Medications: Canasa Rowasa enemas; Lialda; Prednisone; Protonix; Remicade; Zyrtec-D; Toprolvarious pain meds post-surgery;
Supplements: Women's One-a-day multi-vitamin; Super B-complex
Current Status: Aug, 2009 - Recovering from the 1st stage of J-Pouch surgery; temp ileostomy; 2 more surgeries to go as there was too much damage to create a J-pouch

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Date Joined Oct 2008
Total Posts : 160
   Posted 9/15/2009 2:23 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks everyone. Yeah, half way through the day, and Im already very tired.

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Date Joined Feb 2006
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   Posted 9/15/2009 6:09 PM (GMT -6)   
Hope your first week goes great! It for sure will take some getting used to, no doubt. I have a very physical job and work for a good company-they kept me off work for an additional 3 or 4 months (can't even remember anymore) so I could hit the gym and be in good shape for my return. By the sounds of things they're easing you back too, that's great

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

Liza D
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Date Joined Apr 2009
Total Posts : 166
   Posted 9/16/2009 7:39 PM (GMT -6)   
Wow. Good luck. I often wonder what it would be like if I didn't lose my job and had to work surgery into my work schedule. And to do it without pain meds! You are strong.

Work it out! :)
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Osteopenia (2008)
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