You will eventually be able to eat a salad, but definitely not at first. Things that are very high in fiber (like raw vegetables in salads) are likely to cause blockages, so you'll have to try it little by little, and possibly remove skins of tomatoes, etc. I had my surgery in March and havcen't tried yet, but I hope eventually I will :)
And as for whether or not you're "that bad"--well, that's a relative term. It's good that you have the perspective to think of your friend who has more problems than you do, but that doesn't mean that you shouldn't work towards beter health for yourself. I always used to think of myself as someone who had IBD but it was moderate or even mild. This past flare, that put me on pred for a year, etc, changed things a little, but I still kept that mentality. I think Suebear made a good point that you get used to your health and that becomes "normal" to you, and you start to accept being that sick. You dont' have to be going 25 times a day (I hope no one EVER waits until they're THAT sick) to do something about it. Even before my most recent flare, I was having symptoms similar to yours. I would usually only go in the mornings, anywhere from 1-4 times. Most of the time mushy or diarrhea, always with urgency. After the morning, I was good to go for the day. I considered that remission and felt like it was fine. It took me getting deathly ill to push me to surgery, and now I'm so thankful it came to taht, because now my life is even better than it was before this flare. I don't have to get up 3 hrs before I go somewhere. I can enjoy my mornings now. I can't believe I was going to settle and live like that. Surgery isn't as big of a deal as I thought, and I deserve to feel the best that I can. YOu do too!
Stephanie, 28 years old
Diagnosed with Crohn's Colitis March 2000
Possible diagnosis of IBS-D
Total Proctocolectomy and Permanent Ileostomy 3/18/10! :)
Blockage/Ileo revision 6/8/10 :/
Tried: Asacol, Remicade, 6mp, Humira, Xifaxan, Apriso, Imuran, Rowasa Enemas, Colocort Enemas, Psyllium Seed Powder... Tried Probiotics: Align (with no change except bloating) and VSL #3 DS (AWFUL diarrhea).
Currently taking: Prenatal Vitamin, Vitamin B 12 Complex, Biotin, Vitamin D, Calcium, Flomax (for urinary retention).