Thank you, Scrap Girl! I actually felt very comfortable with the things he was telling me and how he explained things. It wasn't maybe what I wanted to hear but it was honest which is what I needed to hear. His insistence upon three steps is actually very comforting to me because I feel like he's going to ensure I do what I need to in order to have the best outcome which is the most important thing. For me personally, three steps doesn't feel like that big of a deal. It's more thinking about
how my husband and other support people will deal with things. There comes a certain point though where I have to just say that we're doing it and hope they get on board. I'm trying to gently lead them there. I did tell my husband this morning that I want to do the first step in May and if he needs me to wait longer than 6 months or whatever (a couple of years for the kids to be older, etc.) for steps 2 and 3 then I can live with that. I would rather have a couple of healthy years with the ileo than keep dragging along like this.
The half marathon I am doing is a trail half marathon in Northern Georgia. I did it once before in 2009 and I'm really excited to go back. It's very challenging, but I like a good challenge.
Thanks to everyone for the feedback and advice so far. I am leaning toward May for the ileo as soon as I can get my husband to agree to it. He's not dead set against it, I think it's just not what he expected and he was a little shocked at the idea of it all happening so fast. He did send me a nice text from the office this morning telling me that he just wants me to be well, so I think he'll be fine. As for the baby...9 months of nursing is a wonderful start. I feel satisfied that getting myself healthy will be the best thing as far as allowing me to take good care of my boys for the long haul which is what they really need from me. Missing those last three months of nursing will be more than made up for in mommy being able to be active and play and take them places without being sick and spending so much time in the bathroom. That's the big picture. I plan to set up an appointment with my GI in the coming weeks so we can talk about
the best way to get me through until May and then I'll go from there.
Somehow all of this is already feeling like a huge weight has been lifted from me. I can't imagine how good it will feel to wake up without this diseased organ in my body!
UC dx 2/08Former treatment
Asacol, Rowasa, Prednisone, Canasa, CortenemaCurrent treatment
Lialda (4 pills 1xday), Prednisone, Rowasa nightly, B-12 Supplement
Unable to stay off Prednisone for more than 4-6 weeks without flare up. Looking at other options.