As I was thinking about your situation later, it occurred to me that I (and many others) experienced diversion colitis before take down (re your comment: "a good amount of fluid coming out of my rectum mostly in the middle of the night where I will wake up and my underwear are soaked. It's just clear and doesn't have much odor to it.") I remember treatment with suppositories and talk about short chain fatty acid enemas. An idea to explore?
By the way, I'm happy for you that you've found joy.