So I know that I have been MIA for the last couple of weeks. As many of you know my family and I have engaged in a huge journey. I was diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis in 2009 and it has come to an end here in 2013.
I am going to be doing a series of blogs about the proctocolectemy surgery that I had on 1/9/2013, the day I was cured of ulcerative colitis. This is how I am viewing it, as you will hear throughout the next couple of weeks, as I am at home recovering from surgery and processing what has changed. I AM going to remain optimistic about this process and will view it as I am CURED of this illness and I get my life back. Now I know that this is going to come with many lumps and bumps, lucky you guys are the ones that get to hear about them, but I know that we made the right choice.
So this journey began on the weekend on January 5th. This was my last weekend of solid food before I had to do the prep for the surgery. Censie was great we went out to dinner a couple of times and spent some time with the kiddos. It was a great "last" weekend, I cannot thank her enough for this because as you will hear the next couple of weeks were not the easiest. I then went on clear liquids on Monday. This is something that I have done many times due to having colonoscopies. I have had 12 colonoscopies in three years, however I am done with those now.
I began eating jello and drinking Gatorade. I am a huge food guy so this is hard for me but I knew that it was something that had to be done. I was also able to clean my house and get everything ready that I could because my parents were coming out to help with the family after the surgery and to be here with me. I felt that this was the least that I could do because I knew that Censie was going to have her hands full after the surgery. I then had to begin the cleansing drinks on Tuesday.
I like to call it the liquid flu because as soon as you start drinking it you get so sick to your stomach that you do have to stand there by the bathroom. My parents came later that night and I was able to spend some time with them. These are all going to be times that I am going to and have looked back on with happiness because of being able to laugh and have joy with them. The next day we had to get up super early to be at the hospital so that I could have surgery. I will be working on that post soon, it is going to be a lot of medical jargon stuff since I don't remember much, thank goodness! Thank you for following this journey and like I said I have a lot to put down on paper. Thank you all for following me on this journey and please if you have any questions please leave a comment or email me!