New Job Thanks To My Ostomy :)

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80sChick
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   Posted 8/11/2010 8:46 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi all!
Just wanted to report some more great ostomy news...I have a degree in Elementary Ed and was unable to teach up until now because I had so much diarrhea. Had my surgery in March and today was my first day of my new job: teaching 5th grade at a gorgeous private school really close to my apt. I am so, so thankful for Zoe. She has made this all possible. :)
 
Through all of my complications from surgery and worries about obstructions, adhesions, etc, I have to remember what this surgery has given me. School starts a week from today and I'm nervous and excited...but not scared like I would have been before my surgery. Hooray, Zoe!!
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). 

Chasblah
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   Posted 8/11/2010 8:51 PM (GMT -6)   
YEA!
Congrats Stephanie!
That's great news. I'm so happy for you.
Chassity
28 yrs. old. married with one beautiful daughter (born 11/20/07)
-diagnosed with severe pancolitis u/c 2002 had total colectomy 12/19/08; emergency surgery due to abscess-had to redo ileostomy and switch to left side 12/25/08; 2/15/09 found blood clot in superior mesenteric vein (prob. from inf. and surgery inflammation)
i only take vitamins now, when I WANT to. :)
(temporary ileostomy....maybe)

"Things turn out the best for those who make the best of the way things turn out."

2b ColonFree
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   Posted 8/11/2010 11:51 PM (GMT -6)   
now that is so good to hear :) :) way to go! so very happy for you!!

Hodaya

06/05/2007 - STARR procedure

colonic inertia w/pelvic floor dysfunction

08/16/2009 - total colectomy w/ileorectal anastomosis

07/08/2010 - loop ileostomy


summerstorm
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   Posted 8/11/2010 11:59 PM (GMT -6)   
YAY!!!!!
UC for 8 years, before finally kicking its butt and having a permanent ileostomy April 17 2007!
-I have gone to find myself, if i get back before i return, keep me here-
No matter what kind of day you are having, take five minutes to sing loudly and dance like a fool!

Equestrian Mom
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   Posted 8/12/2010 5:17 AM (GMT -6)   
Stephanie~that is FANTASTIC! Good Luck smilewinkgrin
Crohn’s dx 1989
some terrible years before my
Proctocolectomy in 2008

flchurchlady
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   Posted 8/12/2010 11:28 AM (GMT -6)   
Congratulations, Stephanie! I'm so happy for you! :-)
Dx'd Crohn's in '99 at age 28. Proctocolectomy and permanent ileostomy in '06.
Disease-free and medicine-free since surgery and very thankful to be healthy again.

snugglesaurus
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   Posted 8/12/2010 2:10 PM (GMT -6)   
WAHOOOOOO!
 
yeah   yeah yeah
Diagnoses: Appendicitis, Terminal Ileitis, Crohn's, Celiac Disease, IBS-C, Chronic Constipation, Colonic Inertia, Rectocele, Anismus
Tests: 2 Colonoscopies, 2 CT scans, Sitzmark Test, Anorectal Manometry, Food Allergies, Thyroidism, Pudental Nerve Study, Defacogram, SMART Pill, Electromyogram, Celiac Panel, Small Bowel Study, Gastric Emptying Study - Solids

Tried: Pentasa, exercise, diet changes, pro-biotics, vitamins, laxatives, stool softeners, Miralax, Amitiza, anti-depressants, fiber supplements, water enemas, Fleet enemas, suppositories, mineral oil, phenergan, Zofran

Currently: Biofeedback

Scrap Girl
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   Posted 8/12/2010 5:07 PM (GMT -6)   
Very exciting! Good luck.

Diagnosed with UC in Feb. 2005
 
Asacol, Colazal, Prednisone, Rectal Meds, Remicade, Humira
 
Now UC Free!
First step of j-pouch - April 1, 2010
Second Step - 9/14/10
Third Step - TBD

esoR
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   Posted 8/12/2010 8:41 PM (GMT -6)   
WOW Steph,

Good for you. You were a dancer at Disney as I remember. Glad the ileo allowed you to teach. I was a teacher too before I got gut injured by the two original surgeons in 2006, then had to have the adhesion lysis and ileo in 2007 as the only thing that could be done to save my life. My school retired me and told me I was too injured to work. So I've been cruising all the time. I'm coming to the end of my "bucket list" of "places I needed to see before I die" type of thing.

Other than having the ileostomy I'm fine and get really bored when I'm home. Like intellectually I could go back to work and I need the brain stimulation and routine. Keep me posted as to how teaching works out for you having an ileostomy.

How are you going to leave the classroom if your bag fills and you need to empty? Do you have teachers' aides in your room?

I'm happy for you and admire what you are doing.

Rosemary

80sChick
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   Posted 8/12/2010 8:56 PM (GMT -6)   
I don't have any aides, becuase I work in a private school so my class is only 15-20 students at max. I will be teaching 5th, so they are pretty self-sufficient. I don't anticipate having a bag-filling emergency, as I really only fill quickly if I'm eating and even then it's not a huge issue. Even so, if I have to pee (which I do often) or whatever, we have bathrooms basically connected to our room so I wouldn't be gone long and honestly it's the furthest thing from my mind at this point.
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). 

esoR
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   Posted 8/12/2010 10:14 PM (GMT -6)   
Stephanie,

That is great news with the bathrooms connected to the classrooms. I know the kind you are referring to. I'm so excited for you.

Rosemary :-)
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