Hopefully you will see this message...just wanted to say hello and let you know that you are not alone. I'm sorry to hear that you've had complications--did you have an open or laparoscopic procedure? As I posted last night to Neelie and Linda on the total colectomy string, we all have our own unique stories and try to help each other. There are a few people recovering right now who may be of great help to you.
Also, I am from Iowa, but now live in the Chicago area. I grew up in Cedar Rapids, went to school in Ames and spent some time in Des Moines. Where in Iowa are you located (if you're comfortable posting that info)?
My thoughts are with you--I had some rectal pain too after surgery (had surgery in January)--there may be a few reasons for this which is why I'm wondering if you had open or lap surgery. I think a lot of people are on special diets, but some are not. I guess it depends on each situation. My diet was low-residue -- no raw veggies, fruit, etc. for 6 weeks. My whole large intestine/colon was removed, so I can't relate to having part of it still attached. Did they remove part of it for constipation and/or is there a reason they left part of it?
Do take care and welcome to the circle. I think you'll learn a lot if you read through the total colectomy posts over the past few months.