I got transferred to Kansas City. KU medical center is where I’ll be having it.
I had care at KU Med, but I ran into some issues with their system and ended up transferring to St. Luke’s. I’ve had great care there ... thorough medical care, good customer service, quick response time, etc.
I am having my surgeries at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. It’s covered by my insurance, and I figured I might as well go for the best I have access to. The drive is a bit of a pain, but it’s been worth it.
My second of three surgeries is in a few hours, so I can’t tell you about
the actual j-pouch yet. What I can tell you is how life-changing the first surgery was. As soon as I woke up from anesthesia, I could tell a difference. I feel like I got my life back. So far, if there’s anything I would change, it would be having gone for the surgery sooner, so I wouldn’t have had to waste as much of my life being sick. I was really worried about
having an ostomy, but it wasn’t nearly as bad as I feared. I’m looking forward to being “normal” again, but I could deal with having an ostomy long-term. Who knows how I’ll feel about
it after all three surgeries are over.