It has been a moment since I’ve made a video or posted something here on my blog. For starters…I’m great! I’m really really great! Probably the best I’ve felt my entire life.
I didn’t mean to take an absence but I had a major surgery conducted and haven’t done much since. Even before the surgery I was planning my absence from the ole day job and making sure all loose ends were covered. I also went to Los Angeles! I will cover that in another story.
So…for those wondering…the major surgery I had performed was a colectomy. I am now a proud ostomate!
If this isn’t familiar to you then let me quickly explain…from the beginning.
While symptoms may have appeared my entire life, I don’t remember much before I was twelve. I was in the ER due to finding blood in my stool. Not a small amount either, like lots of blood.
While not much was found out from the visit, I continued to have issues and went undiagnosed for a year. When I was thirteen, I again saw the doctor and needed a colonoscopy. After the colonoscopy was performed, it was determined I had Ulcerative Colitis. To find out more on Ulcerative Colitis, click here.
For the next twelve years I was placed on many different drugs, but everything seemed to fail. Pentasa, Remicaid, Simponi, Humira, and finally…Entyvio. I sought out a surgical opinion in November and obtained a consult in January.
After speaking with the surgeon, we rushed to surgery (four weeks later) and I had my colon removed.
The surgery went better than I could have ever expected. I woke up and one of the first things I noticed was not being in pain. This was the first time that I ever remember not being in pain. I’ll admit that I wasn’t always aware I was in pain. I knew that how I felt after surgery was so much better than I ever remember feeling.
So here I am, two weeks later recovering at home. I feel so lucky to have had such a successful surgery.
As mentioned, I am an ostomate (ileostomy) and will be living with a bag for a while. Due to my diagnosis being Ulcerative Colitis and not Chron’s, I can proceed to have a JPouch. Feel free to research what it does, but essentially I would no longer need an ostomy. Two more surgeries are required so I plan to take decent gaps between them. Regardless, right now all I am focusing on is getting better, programming, and writing movies.
I want to thank my family and friends who all reached out to me throughout this time. It has made me feel like the richest man in the world!