I had my surgeries in 1986. I have crohn's, but didn't present like most people. I had a horrible MD who would pat me on the hand, assure me it was a bacterial infection and send me off with antibiotics. If he'd bothered to take a CBC, he'd have known that my white count and CRP were out of control from the flare I was having. I got so dehydrated that my family took me to the ER and threw a fit until they got a surgeon in there. They thought I had UC and went in to do a biopsy. I perfed and had to have the ileostomy right away. I spent 9 weeks in the hospital and don't remember 1986 at all! I (after a 2nd perf) still have about 8inches of colon flapping around in the breeze in there, but it's SO not worth a 7th abdominal surgery to connect. In fact, my new doc has been instructed that if he ever HAS to go in there, he's to take the darned thing out.
I do pretty well with foods, although I have to be careful of berries, nuts, seeds and too many raw veg at a time. I do alot of juicing and green smoothie making which makes rougher veggies like kale and berries more tolerable.
Lorne- I'd be interested in hearing more about the skin allergy issue you had. I think I'm having one to the durahesive wafer. I've tried things by coloplast, etc but they just don't seem to work as well for me. I'm tired of being itchy though!
Quietly making noise... Starts with kindergarten toys, Not too soft, not too loud, Just enough to draw a crowd- Jimmy Buffett
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