Not sure about
the balloon situation but I'd definitely trust Fab. If it is just a stricture that's super common, and awesome that it was caught in time that you can have it dilated while you're under general.
"salads, Chinese food, Pizza, nuts, wine, etc" Pizza, Chinese food, and wine are absolutely no problem for me. I'm pretty sure I had all three in the first month after takedown! Nuts and salads have been slower for me. I never snack on a big bag of nuts and probably never will, but I'll eat a handful here and there and have no problems. Sort of a similar situation with salads, I'll eat side salads as well as veggies on a sandwich but the days of big entree salads for me are not here yet.
My loop wasn't quite as high output as yours but it was high, and I haven't needed Imodium at all since takedown. Are you tall, or do you have a long torso? If so, there might be a bit more small intestine downstream of your loop ileo than typical, which bodes well for your j-pouch.
I am STRONGLY anti Calmoseptine -- I hate it! You'll figure out quickly if it's for you or not. I'm all about
the plain stuff like A&D ointment. I haven't used any of it in a long time though.
Going back to work in less than two weeks... might be pushing it. You'll see. Don't be ashamed to take more time. I think people talk down takedown a little TOO much sometimes. It's still surgery! Your body needs rest! It's not the end, it's really the beginning -- after the last surgery is when you truly get to start recovering from everything you've been through.
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: none!
step one: colectomy, end ileo 1/16/13
step two: j-pouch construction, loop ileo 5/1/13
step three: takedown 7/31/13