My output was very liquidy and abundant the first 8 weeks. I was soooo worried it would always be that way. It felt like I was in the bathroom emptying constantly and that this is what my life would be like. However, all of a sudden around 8 weeks, output slowed down and turned into a more applesauce like consistency and has been that way ever since. Now I only empty 5-6 times a day. This sounds like a lot, but it really is not. One of those is usually during the night, another when I first wake up, and then a few other scattered throughout the day. And there is never urgency.. I can wait a while to empty.... plus it is a lot faster than a UC bm. My surgeon said the small intestine had to heal and adapt to being able to pull some water out of the stool (a role normally done by the large intestine). Once this happens, the stool isn't as watery. Remember that your small intestine is likely swollen from surgery and needs to heal, this can make output very inconsistent at first.
I had some pretty bad anxiety issues right after surgery. I could not stop thinking about all the "what ifs". I can honestly say though, that most of the things I was incredibly worried about with this surgery ended up either not happening or working themselves out in the long run. Food choices, watery output, gas, leaks, skin issues, sports, clothing, intimacy, pains... you name it, and I was worried. I have had minimal problems with any of these. Any problems that have popped up have resolved themselves in time. I am now 5.5 months post-surgery and feel pretty normal.
Good luck with the room mate. Being in the hospital is so rough! You will feel better once you get home and have your own space.
-Officially diagnosed with UC in 2006, though had symptoms since 1999.
-Had mild/moderate symptoms continuously until severe flare in autumn 2010 which required 2-week hospital stay
-Took Asacol, Rowasa, Canasa and Prednisone to manage flares but meds stopped working
-Tried 1 infusion of Remicade but had excruciating joint pain and discontinued
-Had permanent ileostomy surgery 11/8/2010