Hello everyone, its been a long time posting on this site. Its true that once most of the problems are gone the less you return to this site.
I received my pouch the year I turned 50 and I'm now 70. After the adjusting period, which can be very trying, life does get very manageable and easy. When I was sick I went from 240 pounds to 140 in a very short time; right now I'm trying to shed 65 pounds to get back to 200, so life does almost back to normal. I eat almost everything, I drink wine and scotch, I take only BP medication, the only pouch problems in 20 years were self inflicted blockages brought on by popcorn cheese combinations and nuts. Right now I do have hernia problems from gaining all that weight and the scar tissue breaking down but as soon as I lose another 30 pounds they are going to insert a mesh down the whole belly.
I just wanted to stop by this site and say life does get a lot better after all the pain and adjusting times we all have to go through. My wife and I are now retired and RV live all winter in Florida and up north with the kids all summer. We hit the gym 3 days a week and walk 2/3 miles on our off days. The only must that I have to do everyday to keep the pouch happy is take metamucil faithfully, I still have 5 / 7 bowel movements a day but you become unaware of it.
Live life, have fun, love everyone, hate takes to much energy.