Monday, September 5, 2011

Where the hell have I been????

No posts since April, what the hell happened you might be wondering. Well let me tell you, I've been through hell and back and I just now starting to get better again.

First off let me give you some background, I was diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis in 2006. For the first four years it would have mild flare ups which I used medication for and the disease was mostly in control. However, I honestly made very little effort to take care of myself like I should have dietary wise which I now very much regret. I could have made changes to my diet, I would have probably been healthier right now, I should have lost weight...coulda, woulda, shoulda!!!

The last year or so I've been sick much more, more colds, more infections, more colitis flare ups. Starting in April I began to get unusual infections in my armpits and as a result was put on heavy doses of anti-biotics. The anti-biotics in turn caused massive flair ups in my UC and before I knew it I was in real trouble. The doctors I had been seeing got it all wrong as well and by late July I was so sick that I had to be admitted to the hospital. The first hospital had me for two weeks where I continued to lose weight and get sicker, they had no clue what to do and were about as incompetent as can be. I checked out and then five days later checked in to a much better hospital with specialists and physicians who knew what they were doing. Within a few days I was rushed into emergency surgery where I had a Colectomy to remove a now toxic colon. I am now left with an Ileostomy that may be permanent depending on what future surgeries I may or may not choose.

So it has been two weeks today since the surgery, I am home now recovering with a 13" scar in on my abdomen and learning to live with the changes. I lost 60 lbs in the process, though I have regained about 8 lbs since the surgery. My body is weak, I have a long recovery, but for the first time in quite a while I look forward to getting back on the bike.