Hello fellow j-pouch/ileostomy friends,
i had my entire colon removed in 2014 at the age of 37. For 6 years I had chronic pain near my tailbone. My gastro doc thought it was pouchitis or cuffitis and would prescribe antibiotics. I finally went to Mayo after finding a small but very painful pelvic abscess. He discovered my j-pouch had a small leak in the blind-limb. This is was the cause of the chronic off and on pain near my tailbone. This last June I had j-pouch reconstruction as well as the removal of scar tissue and infection found between the pouch and the tailbone. I came home with my second temporary ileostomy and my takedown is scheduled this September. I'm filling out FMLA forms for work and am wondering how much time to ask off of work? I teach 3rd grade and it's not like I can run to the bathroom every hour leaving my students unattended. I know I went through this 6 years ago but it's a complete blur. Your advice is greatly appreciated.