So sorry about your hubby. I've had UC for almost eleven years. My flares have lasted anywhere from two months to seven months. I know, not an easy fix, unfortunately. My colonoscopies look good when I am not flaring. That is the way with this disease.
Presently, I am flaring after only a seven month remission. My main problem is ulcerative proctitis. Your husband's symptoms sound a lot like mine. While flaring I stick to a low residue diet. However, I also have diverticulosis along with the UC and the diets conflict for each disease.
This is the diet I am now following. For breakfast I eat rice krispies with Silk because I cannot tolerate milk while in a flare. I put a teaspoon of honey to sweeten and 1T of Red Mill Ground Flaxseed Meal (most grocery stores in this area..south Jersey, carry this and it is excellent). I usually cannot tolerate fiber while flaring but the ground flaxseed meal is great. Lunch is usually Activia yogurt with 1T of the flaxseed meal again. I also eat 1/2 banana. Tuna with just a smidge of mayo is an alternative too. Dinner: baked salmon, 1/2 sweet potato with Smart Balance and well cooked vegetable...either string beans, carrots or spinach. For some reason or other I crave unsalted saltine crackers and I put Smart Balance on them too. I drink decaf green tea. It is best to stay away from anything with caffeine.
Good luck to both of you. Losing your insurance must be devastating. If I didn't have this prescription plan I would be lost.
62 yr old granny. South Jersey
Diagnosed with ulcerative proctitis in 1998 in hospital
Hospitalized (2nd time) in May 2008
Meds as of June 09: Colazal (6 per day), 6MP (50 mgm), Probiotic (upped to 3 per day), Fish oil capsule, calcium, multivitamin, Cort enema nightly, Canasa in morning. Also taking Benicar and Toprol to control high blood pressure. Getting old is a b****.