Thanks for the kind words everyone. My output is starting to be a lot more "normal" today and I'm sure I'm over the hump.
So, funny thing about
that "blockage" -- I'm not entirely sure that's what it was!! I had a massage this morning (heavenly -- do get one if you can!! the therapist knows all about
my issues and does the whole thing with me lying on my back or sitting up) and mentioned to the therapist that my stoma might be gurgling a lot because I was getting over a blockage, and he shouldn't be alarmed. He replied that massage therapists love to hear stomach/intestine gurgling because it means that the person is really relaxed. He went on to tell me that when you have a lot of stress or adrenaline while or after eating, it can slow down digestion or stop it completely.
Well, funnily enough, I spent darn near an hour last night immediately after dinner chasing a GIGANTIC roach around my apartment. I hate roaches and the thing nearly gave me a heart attack! It wasn't until after I killed it that I looked down at my pouch and noticed it was empty. I wonder now if it wasn't the food I had eaten (which was fibrous, but not beyond the norm for me) but simply the adrenaline! Anything like this ever happened to you guys?
For Pro and SD, regarding blockages for those who haven't had any cutting/scar tissue above the stoma -- the issue is that pulling the end of the small bowel through to the outside is an unnatural position for the intestines. They don't totally "lay right" because of that and they can sometimes work themselves into conformations that encourage blockage as a result. A few people on this board have even had experiences where the small bowel twisted as a result of the unnatural positioning, leading to severe blockage (I did a lot of searches for blockages last night ;)). I too am curious if this is still an issue when the j-pouch is constructed and connected, and will definitely ask my surgeon... unfortunately my guess is yes. However, the vast majority of blockages occur in the first year after surgery when the intestine is still getting "settled" in the new position, so hopefully it won't be a persistent issue.
dx'ed UC pancolitis 5/12
past meds: asacol hd, VSL#3, apriso, rowasa, xifaxan, 6mp, cortifoam, pentasa, cimzia, canasa, butyrate, flagyl, cipro, prednisone, remicade, methotrexate, cholestyramine, cortenema
current meds: butyrate
step one: colectomy, end ileo 1/16/13
step two: j-pouch construction, loop ileo 5/1/13