yeah Pro, I should probably clarify that because of the severity of my flare I didn't eat fruits or veggies for several months before surgery either, so I was slower to reincorporate them than others can or should be.
My hospital and surgeon seem to be far at the end of the spectrum as far as conservative diets go -- I was told to stay on GI soft, which is way more restrictive than low residue, for 10 days after discharge, which meant 15 days post-op. Obviously others did not get that advice and have done fine, but I was coming from a very serious "scared of food" place and it was easier for me to go slowly (e.g. during my flare I once tried a 1/4 cup of mashed banana and it touched off extremely bad stomach pains and arthritis that lasted for about
36 hours, on top of normal flare symptoms).
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