What people with IBD should know

I am often asked, “What would you tell someone recently diagnosed with IBD?” So, this is what I think you should know! Look out for clickable links in this blog, leading to more detailed information! For many, a definitive diagnosis is a massive relief after a long period of being unwell. This does not mean that acceptance is easy, after all, you have just been diagnosed with a chronic disease which has no cure. Do NOT panic, we’ve got this, life is not over! It is worth pointing out that no two IBD patients’ lives are the same. The disease does not always manifest in the same way, and the fact that a treatment works for one person does not mean it will work for another. This makes IBD notoriously difficult to treat. That said, some IBD patients may have one flare, find the right medication straight away and never have another, and that is fantastic! For the rest of us, being diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease or Ulcerative Colitis may mean some lifestyle changes and som

Ostomy reversal surgery - in pictures

I tried to write a hospital diary during my last surgery - just five months ago, but it didn't go very well. I ended up far too poorly to write, and then I couldn't remember everything that had happened.

I decided I would document my stay in pictures this time. Fortunately, it was a short one!

Advanced nutrition plan!
Four bottles between 4pm and 8pm on Tuesday evening, and two before 6am on Wednesday morning - surgery day. I was up at 5.20am drinking, packing and having a bath. One HAS to have a bath at the last possible second when you're going to be naked in theatre!


Set off for the hospital at 9am.


There was a long wait at the hospital, sat around in my gown and stockings...


Far too much time to think! I was still wondering whether I should be having my Jpouch connected back up.


Ooopsie, clumsy nurse!


I'm in, then I'm out, and it's all over! No, there was no shaking it all about. I know you were wondering.

New PJs on. A cup of tea. New belly out! 


No sleep - too bright!! Plus, too many people pooing, vomiting, snoring, and shouting...


Free from drips! The cannula is coming out today, and I can eat. I go outside and FaceTime my lovely Gemmy.


Friday morning and I'm free to go, with what looks like a bullet wound! Meds came, dressings changed, just waiting for my lift. 


|Off to my mummies for a little R & R!