Given the complications I had with recovery after my liver transplant, I really wasn’t sure what to expect, but the past few weeks have been fairly smooth. It’s certainly a pretty big adjustment having to look after my stoma (the part of my small bowel that
Now that I’m home, I’m starting to get my strength back. Between Netflix binges and trying not to kill all my plants in Stardew Valley, I’ve been getting out for walks and getting slightly more active every day. It’s amazing how you can go from struggling to sit up in a bed to strolling to the local shops in just over a week. The mornings are still pretty tough, I think it’s to do with my pain meds wearing out overnight, but once I’ve been moving around for a while everything kind of smooths out. At this point, I’m still very glad I have another couple of weeks to recover before starting back at work but am also super relieved to be healing so fast.
Tomorrow I’ll have my first couple of outpatients appointments with stomal therapy and my gastro specialist, and I’m pretty keen to follow up and ask a few questions to gauge where normal is for me right now. With all of this being so new, there are still some changes that are happening that I don’t know whether to be concerned about, but talking to others in a similar position it seems like everyone has very different experiences with both stomas and J
Thanks again to everyone who has taken the time to reach out over the last few weeks. Your words of support and encouragement are incredible motivation, not only in my recovery but in continuing to be as open as I can be about my health. Diseases like Ulcerative Colitis and Crohns generally aren’t the sort of thing most people know a lot about unless they’re impacted directly, but it means a lot to anyone suffering