Progress!


Progress!

Well, I can finally say my Ulcerative Colitis is in remission!  Woo hoo!  I went for my flexi-sigmoidoscopy the other day and they said there’s no problems in that respect so I’m very, very relieved.  The only problem is that because of what I’ve been through with it all I have what I always thought was an old ladies kind of issue, haemmaroids, and massive ones at that.   I’m not going to blush and be quiet about this because, dammit, I decided a long time ago that I’m not going to be quiet about this stupid disease.  The more people that know about what UC sufferers go through the better.  Awareness is never a bad thing.

So they’re grade 4 nasty inflamed things and I’ve been booked in for an urgent haemmaroidectomy which will go ahead in the next two weeks.  They’re too bad for banding so it’s a full on general anaesthetic operation with a recovery time of 1 – 2 months apparently.  Even the consultant at the flexi-sig said that the op is very painful so I’m actually scared stiff – but it will be worth it.  Once I’ve recovered from the op I’ll be ‘normal’ (well as normal as I ever am) as I’ll not have the UC or broken bum symptoms anymore.  All I can say is Hallelujah! About time too.

After having googled to find out what to expect, it sounds like I won’t be able to do the school run for about 3 weeks minimum and I’ll be living on the sofa and in the bathroom for quite some time.  I like the sound of living on the sofa a lot and intend on watching a ton of natural history programmes and hogging the remote so it’s not all bad.  Horace is going to have to take time off work to look after me and I feel bad about that, but I can’t help it really can I.

I’m rather worried about how the kids will cope with an incapacitated mum, but Darlek is a little love and will probably look after me lots.  Sausage will do his best I’m sure.  It’ll be fine.  I just want to be normal again.  My Tigger bounce and my lust for life disappeared a couple of months ago, so I’m looking forward to getting that back.  It’s going to be difficult, but it could be an awful lot worse.  Many people go through far worse, at least there’s  light at the end of the tunnel as one of my friends said this evening, if you’ll pardon the pun.

I’m going to stock up on any painkillers I can get my mits on and grit my teeth and get on with things. I’m still hoping that one day someone will offer to swap bums with me.  I’d love one that is completely fixed and is about a size 10 preferably.  Any offers?  Oh, and no cellulite, thanks.  I’m not fussy or anything.

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10 responses to “Progress!

  1. Heya!
    Great stuff, well mostly. 😀 I must admit reading this made me cringe… The A word, anesthetic! *shudder*

    I’m so glad its getting sorted. Really I am, and well done. 🙂

  2. I’m so glad there is light at the end of the tunnel for you. The next few weeks will be difficult for the whole family, but after what you’ve been through I’m sure every one of you, even Sausage, willagree that it’s worth hit.

  3. Good news! Why not plan a special family treat for you all for when you’re better? Doesn’t need to be anything costly, maybe one of your lovely family walks as you won’t need to worry about needing a loo. It would give you something to look forward to.
    I would swap bums with you but mine is size 12 and saggy and old 🙂

  4. Kay, I am so pleased to hear this! Obviously you’ve still got a rocky road ahead but I’m sure that light at the end of the tunnel will keep you going. x

  5. glad to read you have something to be positive about. Does not sound fun, but 3 weeks suffering for years of relief has to be worth every minute. A few rubber rings for on the couch and you will be fine, bored silly no doubt, but plenty to do on pc.
    I could swap you 2 size 10 bums with no cellulitus ( well 10 and 10 make 20)
    Why no blog haemorrhoids, I blog incontinence this week.

  6. Elaine, I say yay for bravery and honestly! Thanks all for your support. Loads of people have issues with this kind of thing so it’s not serious really, it’s just a bitch that I have to go through it at 37. The UC has meant a lot of things don’t work quite as well as they should at my age. Bah humbug! So pleased I’ve finally got help and that someone has listened to me and is doing something
    at last :O)

  7. Glad you’ve got some good news! Hope the op goes well. I’d swap bums too but mine is ancient and probably wrinkly & saggy too if I was bothered enough to look at it.

  8. Kay,
    I came to your blog to read your review about the Vapestick Max. I have ordered one and you’re clear honest review helped me make the choice.
    I would suggest to you that you are probably gluten/gliadin intolerant.
    I went gluten free 7 years ago and have never looked back. I started on a paleo type diet back then, and after 2 years of research, I now follow a regime that is best described at http://www.archevore.com . (hence my twitter i.d. )
    I had already come to be following the recommendations of Dr. Kurt Harris before he started blogging. What I took on board from him was to make grass fed butter the mainstay of my fat intake. I consume probably 150 gms a day in my cooking.
    There’s a good video on youtube by Dr. Tom O’Bryan that is worth watching. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DvK9KZy1xaw
    I’m not saying that you can totally cure UC by going gluten free, some of the damage may unreverseable. However it’s worth going totally gluten free for a month, and that means total abstinence, and see how you feel.
    I n my experience it took 3+ years to be totally free of symptoms. I also had alopecia areata and that’s completely cleared up.
    This is purely anecdotal, but UC is horrible and the doctors/specialists try to medicate rather than look into the root cause.
    To me that was gluten/gliadin.
    Best wishes and hope you give it a go. You’ve got nothing to lose except bread, biscuits, etc. Wheatflour is in everything that’s processed. A small sacrifice on the scale of a healthy life.
    You have everything to gain, It could be that simple…..

  9. “you’re clear honest review”
    Should have been “your”

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