Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Me and My UC

It sure has been a long time but everything should start getting busy from here on out.

I've always liked gardening and growing plants but it all turned serious abour six years ago when I was diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis (UC). I was hoping if I lived the good life then it all might go away.

Well as hopeful and optimistic as I was it wasn't to be, stubborn and persistent disease is UC. About eighteen months ago I saw a few specialists and the verdict was I need an operation to have my Colon removed. The last and only permanent cure for UC.

I went down hill in the last twelve months and as such the veggie garden has suffered greatly from neglect, but on the fourteenth of June I received the phone call I'd been dreading but also needed and with only five days notice I was operated on on the eighteenth of June and by the end of the day I was colon free, had what's known a a J Pouch and a stoma and a stoma bag. (I need a second operation to reverse my stoma and attach it to my J Pouch and apart from a few extra visits to the loo each day I'll be basically, for the want of a better description, normal)

I'd like to say it's been easy since then and I'll spare you all the gory details but I've had more twists and complications than a Batman Movie. Needless to say I'm about a month behind in my recovery but, and this is a good but, I'm glad to say I'm well and truly, fingers crossed, on the mend.

Besides being on the mend and colon-less I am also free of all the symptons of my UC, big yeah there.

So with renewed health, vigor, and passion I'm chomping at the bit to make my self the best veggie garden I've ever created. While it is still at least a month away that is going to give me a great start on a spring veggie garden.

Until then, happy veggie gardening.