Hello everyone! I'm sorry I've been missing for a couple of weeks, but I've just been feeling so good and got busy doing stuff that time has been getting away from me. I did realize this evening though that I need to make the effort to stay connected to this wonderful community of supportive people. So, I'm back and will make an effort to check in more often.
I just wanted to give a quick update as I just passed the two month mark of having my colon removed (a week ago was 2 months). Some of the things I was stressing about pre-surgery and how they are now:
Pouch care/maintenance/changing/emptying: There are honestly times I forget I am wearing the pouch until it gets "poofy" and I realize I need to empty. I've been out to multiple social events (including a big family wedding!) and never felt awkward or uncomfortable about anything. Changes now are pretty uneventful. I can do the whole thing (including taking a shower) in about half an hour. I feel good about that. I've only lost my seal once so far, and that was due to an experiment with the Adapt ring that didn't go so well. Right now I go about 3 hours or so during the day between emptying and can sleep about 6 hours at night with no issues.
Food!: I carefully followed the soft food diet until my follow up with my surgeon. Then I started gradually adding things back in from the "no" list. I'm now eating: strawberries, cantaloupe, green peppers, onions, lettuce, tomatoes, beans, beer, wine, pop, and lots of other stuff I'm sure I'm forgetting. I'm still too nervous about a few things (like mushrooms!) and I'm not too keen to push the envelope with that kind of stuff since I'm a temp.
Running: I am in my second week of half marathon training. I ran 21 miles in May which thrilled me to no end! I am actually a touch faster than I was when I ended my training cycle in March to go in for surgery. The lack of pain and disease in my body is so freeing! I can't remember a time when I've felt this good and strong. No issues with the pouch at all during any runs so far. I do go through serious fluids and have to drink way more than I ever did before.
Those are the big ones. If anyone going into surgery or just coming out has other questions, I'll be happy to answer them or provide more detail.
I hope you are all well!