Poobs - Welcome to HealingWell! Sorry you had to find us, but glad that you did.
Diabetes and UC can be an "interesting" combo as sugar alternatives (aspertame, etc) can be really hard on the colon. Another of our members, who has not posted recently due to medical complications, also has diabetes and UC and recommended Stevia as a sweetener as it does not raise blood sugar.
Bland foods are good for a flaring gut, however, a balanced diet is still needed. It might be best to consult with a nutritionist/dietician to find some good foods for your mom. Veges are okay as long as they are cooked "into oblivion" and are fork tender - if you can smash them with a fork without resistance, you're good to go. Lean protien - chicken breast, turkey breast - are very good as well. The body need protien to heal.
Rectal meds are a hard thing to wrap your mind around. However, they do work wonders as they are applied to the source of the inflammation. It took me a few good days to work up to the mental aspect of it - and a good "talking to" from Quincy about
their importance. I would suggest starting with the suppositories as they are easier to administer and working up to the enemas.
Pan-colitis and GERD diagnosed May 2003
Osteopenia (hip and spine) diagnosed Feb 2006
Status: close to remission?!?!?
15mg Pred, Asacol 12 per day, Azathioprine 100mg, Aciphex, Forvia, and Pro-Bio
1st Remicade infusion on 06/17/08: Next infusion on 07/01/08