it is absolutely wonderful to say i HAD uc, lol. There are little things, everyday, that happen that make me so glad i had surgery. Yesterday, i went to pick muscadines and scupperdines, and then i sat here and ate a whole ton of them, without being sick! something so small is such a huge thing for me, lol.
I had surgery in april of 2007, in july of 2007 i was at the beach with my family. It takes a while to get your engery back, and it takes a while for the surgery pain to go away, i was off the pain pills two days after i got hom from the hosptial, so that was 9 days after surgery. It was probably 5 months before all the pain went away, well let me rephrase that, there was this weird tenderness feeling along my scar, it didn't hurt really, just felt really weird. Once i got my energy back up from the surgery, probably about three weeks, i started doing more, then by the time my son started preschool, which was in august, i was at the gym four times a week, we were swimming, we were doing all the things "normal" people do!
And yes, if you are wondering you CAN swim, you can actual spend 6 and half hours straight in a pool with no problems, however if you like your skin, i don't reccomend that, lol.
Noone can tell, and you won't smell bad! it is kind of gross at first, but you get it over it fast.
When i woke up from surgery, i felt clean, i knew it was gone, that the evil evil sickness was GONE!
anyway, i went off on a tangent, lol.
Back to what you were asking about a normal life, it probably took me about two months to get myself back to "normal" you have to stay on a low residue diet, which basically means no stringy stuff, for 6 weeks, and you have to be careful about lifting and things for the first 6 weeks, and then it will take you a few weeks after that to get yourself back together, and it took me a few months to get the hang of doing the bag right and all that. I would say that my life is def back to normal now, back to what it was before i got sick! Now i have a kid and a husband, so things revolve more around them, but i go out with my friends on friday, thats a no kids night, lol, and stay out all night, and then during the week, my friends and their kids and my son do things together, lots of, i suppose you would say, play dates.
anyway, i love to talk (can you tell) so if you want to ask me anything else, i will tell you!