One year ago to the day I went under the knife for what I hope to be the last time! My surgery lasted just over 5 hours and was all done laparoscopically amazingly!
'JPouch excision and removal of all remaining rectum, barbie butt and permanent ileostomy stoma created! Wow what a crazy year, so where am I now?
The Early Days!
I was out cold on pain relief for 6 days then started to bounce back slowly! After 10 days I was home and recovering with the help of various pain medications and a lot of rest!
It was a bumpy few weeks which saw me back in hospital with a prolapse stoma at just 3 weeks post op! It was an awful experience but thankfully one not repeated to this day... so far... fingers crossed never again!
I spent the next few months building myself back up and reclaiming my life! I started with gentle walks 5-10 mins a day and reached 5km by 12 weeks.
My ‘barbie butt’ was amazing and recovered with little issues, I was back on my bike for the first time after just 12 weeks!
Covid - 19 Hit!
The world changed around me before I fully recovered, and we went into national lock down on March 23rd 2020 due to a worldwide pandemic! COVID-19 or Corona Virus as its also known.
I was told to stay home shielding as I am immune suppressed and also have Asthma that requires a steroid inhaler, the risk of hospitalisation was seen as very high and potentially could lead to death, as I was classed as ‘Clinically Extremely Vulnerable’, So I remained at home until I decided to return before lock down ended in July. Being at home for so long took its toll on my mental health and I needed to get back on track!
I was working at a Primary School at the time and returning was not easy, I suffered extreme fatigue and teething issues with managing my stoma. I slowly built back up to full time and felt more human than I ever remembered!
Throughout the summer the country continued to fluctuate in and out of levels of lockdown, for me the slow pace of the world around me afforded me the opportunity to fully recover and take life at a steady pace. I still see this as the silver lining of it all if there is one! My boys now aged 13 & 16 were both home schooling and I was able to spend valuable time with them and be involved in their study, precious time!
Throughout the summer I continued to heal and regain my strength and had many achievements I never dreamed possible! I spent time at sea on my Kayak, I walk and cycled miles and felt fitter than ever before. In fact, this is the first time my kids had ever seen me well!
Here are just a few pictures of my journey!