Actually, my colitis got worse in Israel, I thought it was the stress of having emigrated there. I had a diagnosis in 1998 an then almost nothing happened until I moved there in 2005. It was so bad I had to drop out of Ulpan. (As a result, I can barely speak Modern Hebrew, plus where I worked everything was in English, but I can read old Hebrew because I studied it at university). I can't remember the name of my GI doctor, she put me on Mesalazin (asa-5), and wanted to put me on cortisone but I refused (at the time, that is. Two years ago I had to take cortisone for real and the colitis became cortisone-dependent and then didn't respond at all). She was with Maccabe and she came from Romania.
I am a she (or should I say HE in Hebrew
(no one on the site will understand that joke)
I had my colectomy on April 5th, the same day Juliano Mer got assassinated, but I didn't read about it until I was home again. It sort of freaked me out, not only because someone actually planned and carried out a plot to kill him, but also beause I met him once in New York a long time ago. I could hardly think about anything else for a few days, and combined with the new stoma and bag I was in a strange state of mind. But what are people in Israel saying? I heard they arested someone but without really investigating.
I have heard about colonic inertia but I am surprseid the GI doctors didn't take it seriously. Everyone in the world says the doctors in Israel are great.
It's like when colitis inflammation is so bad that it makes the colon close down. It's just as dangerous. I had a stricture in the colon which is very unusual with colitis,and my doctor was sure it was about to close down or could become malignant, that's why I had to have the colectomy.
This site is great and I'm so happy to be able to write about the last weeks of my life in English, because I live in Germany, where there are a lot of sites for ostomies, pouches and colitis, but of course it's easier to write in your own native language.
Your English is really great.
I chose my forum name B'Derech so that I could be positive about this long process with operations and stoma and bag.
Were you in the hospital in Tel Avi or Herzliyah?
Do people where you work know that you have a bag? I am having a weird time dealing with it at work, it's like two stress situations - new job + bag are really shaking me up.
Erev tov (it's almost 6 here)