Surprise surprise...I completely fell apart and catastrophized about a trip to the ER in the event I did have pouchitis and couldn't get antibiotics. I am on my parents' health insurance until I begin my new job, and outside of the San Francisco Bay Area I only have coverage for ER visits. The situation made me feel vulnerable and slightly out of control. The idea of pouchitis terrifies me because I know it can become chronic. It wouldn't be as bad as Ulcerative Colitis, but still would involve cramps and many many trips to the bathroom. I have had an amazing three years after my surgery and I was devastated at the prospect of another trying health condition. Although I knew I had the strength to rise to the challenge, I couldn't bear the thought of it. Fortunately I felt much better after a 48-hour protein shake diet. The experience reminded me how lucky I am to be doing exactly what I want - living independently, working, traveling, socializing, and most importantly, taking my health for granted.
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