Good afternoon all. First, I'd like to say how much I appreciate this forum that you are all a part of. It's a tough subject to talk about, let alone find others who may be able to help. I'm scheduled for an ileoscopy/proctolectomy in early March. I know it will be life-changing for a 58-year-old set in his ways. However, after 16 years dealing with UC, I think I'm ready to try anything. I've been told it will be about 4 weeks before I can do anything of substance such as long walks, exercise, driving, etc. Looking at some posts, I see that this is probably way off base. A few questions that have been cluttering my mind. When might I expect to be able to shower daily? Dr. says I'll be emptying the bag maybe 4-5 times a day. From what I see, it will be every two hours or so. Is there anything such as a larger bag for nighttime? There doesn't appear to be as so many people suggest getting up a few times during the night. As for diet, etc., I realize that this is an individual thing that will take time to figure out. Any suggestions/hints are greatly appreciated. It's still a while till I join "the club," but one concept that seems consistent is "preparation."
All the best and thanks again!