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The Adventure Continues

Friday, October 10, 2014 12:12 20 Comments

Hey, all. I was planning to write an update much, much later, as an attempt to wallow in denial and preserve sanity, but since it”s been about 8 months already and I”m laid up and bored out of my mind, I figure now”s as good a time as any to tackle this. Last we “spoke”, […]

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J-pouch Redo, Part II

Monday, February 17, 2014 9:12 88 Comments

Hey, friends. If you’ve followed my story you know it’s been a frustrating 8 years since the inception of my J-pouch.  A post-colectemy, end-ileostomied 22 year old Liz wondered, “Should I do this J-Pouch thing? Do I really need a J-pouch? I don’t mind the ostomy…It works great, I feel better. But, if there’s an […]

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Bad Sick Girl

Saturday, October 12, 2013 13:47 21 Comments

You guys know I’ve been dealing with diversion pouchitis (DP).  I have to say, I thought I was prepared for DP.  After I heard it was a possible complication after diversion surgery, based on my unlimited history of Murphy’s Law type luck, I just assumed it might happen. And it did.  I also assumed that […]

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Day Two: Anti-Inflammatory Diet

Tuesday, September 17, 2013 9:05 16 Comments

Got up and made the Kale Ginger Strawberry smoothie again. Still tastier than one would anticipate.  Made a water concoction of lemon, cayenne pepper, and fresh ginger-just let it steep in the fridge and infuse.  I strain it and drink the water cool or at room temperature.  It is also surprisingly good.  Ginger, of course, […]

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Let’s Try This Again

Monday, September 16, 2013 5:03 10 Comments

Well, kids, my wallowing has come to an abrupt end. I got bored of it and started researching alternatives-both to wallowing and healing.  I ate extremely healthfully before the last surgery, then rode the “low residue diet” train for a while.  Waking up pooping blood, finding the stricture is back, and having awful arthritis motivated […]

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Bloody Shit.

Saturday, September 14, 2013 8:05 22 Comments

No, I’m not British.  I’m an angry American girl who woke up at 5am and shit blood out her butt despite having an ostomy that’s supposed to be doing my shitting for me.  I’ve been shitting blood for half my life.  Let’s re-cap: At age 15, I got violently ill one night, shaking and having […]

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Ask Me About My Shitbag

Friday, September 6, 2013 14:46 3 Comments

Before we get started here, let me offer a disclaimer. I affectionately refer to my ileostomy bag as a, “shit bag.”  My stoma is named STELLAAAAA, but if you read this blog, you  know I have an affliction called writer’s potty-mouth and thus, “shit bag” is my term-of-endearment-of-choice. Shitbag Etiquette: If you have an ostomy, you can […]

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Rock Out With Your Pouch Out

Tuesday, July 9, 2013 15:15 18 Comments

So, I had my surgery to create a loop ileostomy to divert stool from my bratty J-pouch!  Pre-op went down Monday, along with some exciting Girls with Guts (GWG) goodness that evening. (Top secret!)  Hubbs accompanied me and we met up with my mom, along with some IBD buddies for aforementioned GWG goodness.   I […]

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Frustrating Decisions…And Not Giving Up

Thursday, May 23, 2013 6:42 15 Comments

Hi, guys. I”ve officially scheduled the first of three surgeries to re-vamp my J-pouch.  The first is a loop ileostomy that we hope will give my innards time to cool off and chill the hell out.  Not gonna lie, I had myself all amped up for two surgeries after the exam under anesthesia (EUA).  When […]

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