Hey there, I am starting to think I should visit this site more often...I usually hang out in the Crohn's forum pages.
I know how U R feeling, I couldn't wait to get my reversal done as well. My stoma retracted as well and boy oh boy there was such a mess - it was no different - I always stayed close to the bathrooms because of leakage!!! I got the powder and stuff to help too but nothing seemed to work for me. It just kept eating away at my skin!!! I was horrible!!! In fact - before long when that started to happen I was pretty much rushed in to get the reversal done. I almost had no skin left!!! :o(
Hang in there, I don't mean to scare U. Just sharing my experiences.
Hope your holidays with your FAM is a good one!
Don't take no guff from those doctors!!! Sometimes it seems like they just want to do it when its convienient for them!
But I agree, it is good to get off those meds and take the time to heal.
For me it was not quite a year, Nov of 1998 I had it done and in August of 1999 I had my reversal.
I often BLOCK out that time of my life because my boyfriend left me - because of it - and it just was a BAD time of my life overall.
Something I hope I never have to go through again!
Every nite I pray that my crohns will not beat me down and make me have an ostomy again!
I will continue fighting until I win the race!!!! U 2!!
praying for a good night's sleep and a happy bottom!! :o]
1998: Colitis - removal of colon, temp. ostomy 10 mths.
2000-07: disease free & doing well with j pouch.
2007-09: rectal pain & discomfort, loss of bowl control. diagnosed with Crohns March '09 currently on: Emtec, Azathioprine [Imarun] & Remicade. Med History: steroids, predizone, cipro, loperamide [imodium], gravol, previcid, cholestramine, xylocaine jelly, zinc oxide creme, etc.