The Evolution of Annie
This is me. July of 2010. Maybe August. I was very sick at this point. I was going to the bathroom multiple times a day and I do not know how I was out and eating.
This is me on my 14th birthday. Hours before I was at the doctor’s…
This isn’t Crohn’s, but most of us can relate.
"I have on pants, and you should be grateful."
OMG!! This is me today. Brace on my hand and hurting every time I have to use it.. Oh no.. LOL! N~
Lifting stuff is hard:
Stairs, your mortal foe
Your “special” diet leaves something to be desired
So. Many. Pill Bottles.
EXCEPT THE FUCKING BOTTLE YOU NEED, WHERE THE FUCK IS THAT?
Ah god sunlight, the sunnn what in the fresh hell is this? gahhhhh
You will never do anything gracefully ever again.
Dear everyone who thinks I’m a picky eater: I can normally see my feet while standing straight. Usually I don’t wake up at 4 am with abdominal pain and double my size. In other words this is the reason I try very hard to NOT eat anything that my system doesn’t like. #IBS #IBSproblems #Selfie
With recovery some factors come into play; your health, your age, your strength (mentally and physically) and how long the surgery will take. When I had my resection, I was 14 and weak except mentally. My family all rallied around me including my aunt that called to make me drink the prep liquid(VERY IMPORTANT!!! A clean colon is much more likely to heal properly). My surgery was supposed to take 3+ hours but I was only open for around 2; a good percentage of this time was used to cut the abscesses off of my back muscles. Afterwards, I slept for over a day and when ever I woke up through anesthesia they would ask me to use the restroom because a voided bladder is less painful and walking early on makes for an easier recovery. Usually after surgery your meds are higher so make sure you have people around you that can physically hold you up to get used to walking. YOU NEED TO WALK. At first everything sucked, sitting up felt like I had been doing crunches the whole day before and that someone just kept punching me. VERY IMPORTANT: Tell them you want them to cut you like they would for a cesarean, the way they cut me was from my belly button to my pelvic bone and now my muscles are weaker in my lower abdomen and I have a weird split pooch that is NOT cute.
Once again I was 14, I was back as a Girl Scout counselor a week and a half later and at band camp a month later(with my mother hoovering at every turn). It all comes down to what you want and what you can do. If you think you can do it, usually you can. If you need a break, take one. If you think you are ready for solid food, try it. If you want to stick with broth for another meal, do it. It is your body and you have to feel in control, you may not be in control because we have awful diseases but you need to feel safe where you are. Talk to your doctors, surgeons, and support group about your fears and hesitations. Talk to us, we are here for you.
Ok Dr. Phil’s wife, Robin, (yes groan, but listen up) has this new app out (iPhone and Android) that’s for people in abusive relationships. It’s called Aspire News and it’s disguised as a regular news app, but when you go to the “Help” section of the app, it leads you to…
Why yes, I will be ordering a bunch of gluten free, dairy free, nut free pies for my family this year.
No, I don’t care how much it is going to cost me.
Being able to celebrate with the ones I love in the way I need to shall be accomplished.
There will be no excuses and no reason not to.
PS What are your goals to make it through the holidays?
Welp! It’s that time of year again. It’s holiday season! The time where you spend quality time with your family, eat loads of food, open gifts, be thankful, and carry out beliefs and traditions passed on from generations. Sounds like a great time doesn’t it? It can be, but with IBD, it can be…