Sunday, February 27, 2011

a life in the bathroom

I am finished with physical therapy. My therapist dismissed me a session earlier than planned. My colon muscles just never “came around or woke up”. My pelvic muscles gained about forty percent in their function. She mentioned that the next step for me would be having my colon removed. My sphincters are strong which is a good thing if I were to have the surgery but I’m still somewhat content drinking magnesium citrate every weekend. I will talk to my GI doctors about the possibility of having the surgery and what the pros and cons are; who wants to drink magnesium citrate for the rest of their life?! The down side of the surgery according to my therapist (she works with patients like me and patients who have had the surgery) is that you have to eat small meals and you “go” to the bathroom more frequently – possibly two to three times a day. Before my intestines/colon slowed down, that was my life some days, I lived in the bathroom. It’s just deciding how I would want to live my life;
  • In the bathroom a couple of days out of the week
  • In the bathroom all throughout the week sporadically

Either way I’m going to live my life in the bathroom (LOL). My bathroom is going to be nice in my future house. I have PLENTY of time to decide. My therapist just reminded me that the older you get, the harder it is for those muscles to adjust or change to their proper function. I just don’t want to miss out on life. With the magnesium citrate, I’ve almost missed a year of weekends. My car parks on Friday evening and I don’t move it until Monday morning. What’s that going to be like as a wife much less a mom? I so miss weekend outings with Jacob but as a mom I’m going miss birthday parties, soccer games and dance recitals.


  1. Hi Jennifer,
    I am somewhat a newbie to your blog, and I also suffer from GP and I am only 16 years old! I just wanted to say thank you for sharing everything with us, it comforts me to know that I'm not the only one who is going through this! I am slowly getting better each day, and I'm looking forward to the day when I can re gain some sort of a social life!!! I find that GP really tires me out.
    I just was wondering when you say you "clean out" I was wondering what you use to do such.
    I look forward to your further blogs,

  2. Hey Emily!

    I am so sorry you have GP - you're so young but you're not alone girl! Thank you for your kind words. If there is anything that I can ever do or if you ever want to talk, please feel free to contact me. GP can be VERY tiring. Whenever I clean out my intestines/colon I use magnesium citrate since my muscles aren't strong enough to properly "go" anymore.

    Many, many GP hugs,