Thanks for the positive comments on the blog everyone!
Jeannemarie, I always use the marshmallow trick too. It usually works like a charm for me, but for some reason this day it did not. I plan on doing a seven day backpack trip in the fall and joke with my husband that my marshmallows, appliances and TP will take up half my pack:)
I do worry about
hernias, both incisional and parastomal. I may have a slightly higher risk for an incisional one because I had a poor reaction to the dissolvable sutures used in my abdominal wall and it took a while to heal. This is why I don't plan to try rock climbing until the fall when I am a bit stronger, and even then will stick to the more slabby routes for a while. So far I have been wearing a NU-Hope hernia belt while doing my outdoor activities as prevention, but I don't know how much protection this really gives me. My surgeon did say that I would be able to climb and do everything I did before, just to ease into things and listen to my body. He was the one who suggested I go snowboarding so soon. I asked him if it would be safe to buy a season pass for next year and he laughed and said "what about
finishing out this season?" Sure there is a danger of hernias, but I can't let the fear of them stop me from living the life I want. I will just be as sensible as possible.
-39 years old
-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 dose of Remicade but had excruciating joint pain and discontinued
-Had permanent ileostomy surgery 11/8/201
Post Edited (Blueheron) : 5/15/2011 4:57:29 PM (GMT-6)