Archive for February, 2009

2nd Surgery in One Week!

Tuesday, February 24, 2009 14:54 9 Comments

Hey Guys- So my 2nd surgery is coming up pretty fast. It is one week from tomorrow (March 4th). I can’t believe how fast time has gone since my 1st one. I’m not really nervous this one at all, and I’m almost excited, because I know after I get this one, I only have one […]

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Sex After Surgery

Monday, February 23, 2009 19:55 2 Comments

Well, given my status as a male, I’m not really qualified to answer this question, but I’ll give it a shot. How long after surgery should you wait to have sex (as a women)? I have read 6 weeks on the mayo clinic website, but the surgeon didn’t even mention anything to me. The “six […]

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Your Questions: Spacing of Internal Organs Post-Surgery

Monday, February 23, 2009 14:49 1 Comment

I’m  glad that so many of you wrote in with questions — information on Jpouch surgeries and followups is hard to come by, especially when the information you are looking for is so seemingly random or mundane that you never ask your surgeon. I think I’ll do a separate post for each of the questions […]

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Open Thread: ask me your toughest questions

Friday, February 20, 2009 4:09 10 Comments

Here’s the deal: my wife is a doctor, I hang out with doctors all the time. Sometimes I hang out with nurses and PAs too, but mainly doctors. I’m a web architect and technology enthusiast. So let ‘er rip: medical questions you can’t find answers to on Google? I gotcha covered (and by me, I […]

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Update for Surgery: Round 2

Thursday, February 19, 2009 11:34 13 Comments

It’s time for my surgery update! To recap, I had emergency surgery last May, and things did not go well. I had had a temporary ileostomy since then and it took me a long time to feel well enough to go back into surgery. On February 6th, I had my second surgery. The plan was […]

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Thanks To Jamie And Hospital Recovery Activities

Wednesday, February 18, 2009 23:50 7 Comments

I had the pleasure of meeting fellow contributor Jamie and her husband Avery this past weekend for lunch. Wow. What nice people. Not only were they friendly and informative, but Jamie even brought me samples of different ileostomy bags, some reading material clearly meant for the exclusive cool crowd (J-Pouchers), and helped describe more […]

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Motivational Poop Posters

Friday, February 13, 2009 13:11 7 Comments

I know, I know, sexist, classist, beautist, racist, and all that. Why am I posting it? Because it’s true. We should have a line of posters that we create here at – they could say things like “rock stars, they get diarrhea too.” “World Leaders, yes, they get IBD too” “The janitor at your […]

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Saturday, February 7, 2009 14:35 3 Comments

Well, last night was one of the few times I’ve been in the ER for a NON IBD/pouch-related dilemma. I have had migraines since the 7th grade.  They have since increased in intensity and frequency.  IBD came in handy last night, as did having no colon, because as soon as I said, “Crohn’s” and “total […]

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The Waiting Game vs Optimism

Friday, February 6, 2009 22:28 6 Comments

Fellow contributor Jamie gave me the head’s up that sometimes the referrals take a while. No kidding. I just got my UCSF consultation scheduled today and it’s on March 23rd. I obviously didn’t take Calculus in college, but March 23rd is what, 40 years away? That’s a long time to wait, and, in all […]

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