I discovered this long ago - we are what we eat. These words are true for us who have had colon surgeries, resections, colectomies, etc.
I faithfully kept a food journal for about
2 years. I recorded every single thing I ate, drank and other info on each day. For instance if I used straws, chewed gum, took out of the normal medications for an infection (antibiotics), all was recorded. If I was stressed out about
something or had skipped meals (my daughters were 4th and 7th graders, younger when diagnosed with cancer, but older about
the time I was starting the food journal so we often had that busy family schedule to follow). Finally, at the bottom right hand corner of each page I would rate the day - great, good or bad/terrible day. Then later on I could flip back thru these previous pages/days to find a great day and then I would duplicate those foods and scenarios (if I had a social commitment coming up such as a wedding to attend). I would make darn sure I ate those exact foods on my great day.
Over time I didn't need my journal as much because I discovered what my main foods were for me - now bear in mind I haven't had a colectomy but just my sigmoid removed, along with 15 inches of my colon above the sigmoid removed. My pat foods list are: Bay's plain english muffins (I start each day with one), bananas, chicken/turkey, potatoes, plain white rice, white bread (Sara Lee, original, thin sliced or my local bakery's plain white bread), cottage cheese, applesauce, etc.
mema3 - I am convinced that over time you will find your main food item list too - your what I call go-to foods. These foods will turn things around for you and stop the burning or reduce it anyways. If I stay on my diet, I do not have the all out D or messy putty stool like stage (my least favorite, I need several flushes and the wiping seems to go on forever, sorry for that awful detail but somehow I don't think you mind!).
I remember using one of my daughter's discarded small school notebooks for my journal. I just used one page for each day. Anything like this will suffice. You want it to be somewhat small so you can keep it in your kitchen and stash in a drawer if company comes over. My journal was never far from me in that first 2 year phase.
Good luck. You can do this! Remain determined to figure this out. You will - I know you will.
- Rectal Cancer 4/29/99, Stage I, no treatment necessary
(5 hour colon resection: 90% sigmoid removed, 15 inches of colon removed, gall bladder removed, temporary colostomy, reversed 8 weeks later)
- Chronic IBS/D symptoms, multiple bm's, on low residue diet
- Takes Colace 50 mg each evening
Post Edited (Marsky) : 1/9/2010 6:36:37 AM (GMT-7)