A fellow J-poucher, Dennis, who we introduced to you back in October of this year, has just successfully completed the J pouch operation! Congrats to Dennis from everyone here at UC Story. Dennis mentions something in a recent post on his vlog:
And I’m starting a new feature for the next couple months: the Daily Stool Count. People seem really interested in how frequent and urgent j-pouches are, so keep watching as I keep that tally every day.
This reminded me how obsessed with numbers I am, so I dug through my files and was reminded of a great website, Joe’s Goals. Joe’s is designed to help you keep track of things like exercise and food intake. There’s a spot for inputting your own notes, and an easy way to keep count of your goals. I’ve used it off and on for a year or so, and while it’s not something I’ve used consistently, it might be an easy way to track your progress fresh out of surgery.
As far as my count is concerned, the first night in the hospital after takedown was zero, the next was 15 trips to the bathroom, and the rest are up on the graph posted above. You can see they leveled off rather quickly, and I’m still averaging 6-8. (I have a very strong liking for red wine, and having a few glasses seems to affect consistency but not numbers.) Hope this helps!
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