Oh John....bittersweet relief of not having to deal with all you've been through before the ostomy, and I can truly imagine the emotional and physical healing you'll be going though now.
I'm glad to hear the worst is over, and that with the support you have from your wife and friends, you will no doubt handle it with the dignity you did whilst with UC.
I cannot help with the links you request, but I know Sue and others will do so.
I wish you a speedy recovery.
*Heather* Status: ...Asacol 3 twice daily; Salofalk enemas every 2nd night
~diagnosed January 1989 UC (proctosigmoiditis)
~UC meds: Asacol (3 @ 2x daily); Salofalk enemas nightly for flares & taper to maintenance
~Bentylol (dicyclomine) 20mg as needed; Ranitidine (reflux); Effexor XR 75mg(depression); Pulmicort/Airomir (asthma)
~vitamins/minerals/supplements; Probiotics....(RenewLife Ultimate Flora Critical Care + Primadophilus Reuteri). @ bedtime
~various digestive enzymes as needed
~URSO for PSC (or PBC) 500mg X 2 daily (LFTs back to NORMAL!!)
My doc's logic.. "TREAT (FROM)BOTH ENDS" worth it !!!