As the end of 2014 arrives, I look back at the year in amazement of all the wonderfully positive IBD and Ostomy awareness efforts I’ve been able to both witness and take part in; while I’m not back to perfect health yet, I’ve been so grateful to have had relief from years worth of illness.
As 2013 is coming to a close, I’m reminded of what a year it’s been for me. I don’t always have the chance to reflect on my life, since Crohn’s has made it nearly impossible to live outside of the pain for the day, but 2013 has offered both extreme lows and highs where my health is concerned.
At this time last year, I was spending time at my parents house because my illness became too much for my wife and kids to handle on their own. The non-stop pain and physical deterioration of a loved-one wasn’t something that anyone should have to experience, and they’d been through enough. Fortunately for me, my parents live down the street from a medical plaza, which had a gastroenterologist, family doctor and, as luck would have it, a digestive disorder clinic. This combination started a chain-reaction that would lead me to where I am today.
Today is a busy day. I’ve got everything packed for my hotel stay tonight and we’ve dropped my son off at my parents house, where he’ll be staying while I’m in the hospital. My daughter and wife have an event to attend tomorrow evening , so there has been a lot of preparation for that too. I’m also fasting to prepare for surgery, so there will be a lot of vegetable broth and sports drinks in order to keep my fluid intake and electrolytes up.