Well, exactly one month out from my redo takedown with Dr. Remzi. For the past five years I've posted issues that I've had, including several surgeries, so I thought it was time to post how well things are going.
I am extremely pleased with how well I feel and the function of my new pouch! I am using 2 Imodium before meals and an hour before bed and sort of experimenting with it. Hemorrhoids seem to be under control and I am able to empty almost when I want with no urgency. I am using a bit of tucked toilet paper to help with very minor leaking, and that is becoming more and more controlled. The last few nights I've been up at 2:00 for a restroom break, then sleeping in until morning. I would say I visit the bathroom about six times a day! In a perfect world, I'd have it dialed in to sleep all night, but I do not want to be too greedy!
My stoma site is about 1/4" and almost fully closed. I am using a Coco bidet and still trying to be gentle as I go. I have a family weekend planned at an amusement park this weekend, so it will be a good test if I can walk and stand for a long time and NOT have the bidet. My bet is extra walking and standing will call out the hemorrhoids, but I'll be vigilant. If I pass this test I'll be anxious to get in a bit of jogging in the near future. (I tried it last week and caused a bit too much leaking.)
I remain cautiously very optimistic. I hope this continues as well as it has.