Congrats on soon being done with this disease and getting on with your life! I'm a 21 year old J poucher as of January of this year. I went the 2 step route but my first surgery was basically an emergency surgery while I was very very sick. So my first surgery went well, but was a HORRIBLE recovery. Especially since I was on a heavy dose of prednisone, and 118 pounds going into surgery (I'm 6 foot tall) it was just a bad bad bad, very hard recovery.
My second step, which was January 6th, went textbook according to my surgeon. wasn't in much pain at all besides my dang hiccup fit for 2 days straight, that was not fun right after having your entire abdomen opened up. It was an exact 10 day hospital stay like scheduled.... All I have to say is after surgery WALK WALK WALK WALK! I was basically forced to walk and couldn't thank the nurse enough. It just speeds up the recovery 100 times then if you don't walk and just lay in bed.
Anyways, I'm sure your recovery should be even better since you won't be "using" your new insides yet! Wishing you all the best and again, congrats....
By the way I'm now living a completely normal life, working 6 days a week, going out, no problems, Actually feeling very close to PRE-UC just 3 months out of surgery..... check out my started threads if you want to hear my story! I went basically from not wanting to live anymore... to being very happy and just getting my old life back
20 Year Old Male
Diagnosed with Moderate/Severe Ulcerative Colitis May 2008
3 Flair ups (first flair- 2 months/Second Flair- 2 months/ Third flair- One week, then surgery)
Full Ileostomy surgery done on july 22!
Living with an ostomy bag right now and loving feeling healthy again! Finally have gotten this horrible disease OUT of my body!