People say they eat whatever they want but from reading the ostomy board, I notice a lot of people eat certain things to slow output or to thicken output. People also eat earlier to avoid getting up more times in the night to use the bathroom or "empty". It's not all a bowl of cherries. Better than active UC, sure, but nothing beats a functioning colon in my opinion. People also use the bathroom a lot more after. I don't think pooping 6x a day is ideal. Dealable, sure, but not ideal. Oh and another thing, 6x seems to be the "ideal" result, some go 10x a day.
Absolutely spot-on post, nssg.
I am under no illusions if I got an ileorectal anastomosis (the only reversal I could possibly have). I know it will be absolutely nothing like I was pre-Crohns or even mild Crohn's. I'd certainly be going to the toilet several times a day, along with probable urgency (at worst, incontinence), butt burn, and IBS.
It would depend on how much I want to live without a bag (and if I am suitable for a reversal). I do think I got rid of my colon a bit too hastily. It most likely was a gonner and couldn't be saved, but I fear the colitis being miles worse without a colon (this is what my surgeon told me; without six feet of colon to absorb water, stuff just passes straight through you).
and empty my bag about 2 times a day
I don't see how this is physically possible.
I empty my bag about
6-7x a day. I could probably reduce it to 4x if I was really determined and didn't mind going around with a bulging bag and increased risk of a pressure leak.
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