Andy’s Story

April 30, 2010

My husband Andy is 27. He was diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis in 2001, and whilst it caused the usual problems, it was fairly well controlled and mild throughout.

6 weeks ago Andy got ill with symptoms similar to food poisoning, after a week it was diagnosed as a flare up of his Colitis and he was put on a 5 day course of steroids. 3 days after that course ended it returned, we repeated the steroid course, 2 days later it was back. At this point we went to the GP who sent us to the hospital. Andy was admitted, treated for the Colitis and sent home after a week. 2 days later he was still vomiting and was re-admitted. Over the next 6 days we were told it was Norovirus, a small intestinal blockage, the C Diff infection… breakdowns in communication meant that the cat scan the surgeons wanted was never realised and he was discharged.

Unable to keep anything down I brought him back to hospital a day later. We finally got some good doctors and some good communication. Tests, x-rays and a cat scan were carried out. Yesterday, Thursday 29th April, Andy was told he had a complete blockage of the large intestine and it would need to be removed that afternoon. He would have an stoma and an ostomy bag for the forseeable future.

This was devastating to us, mainly because we thought it would mean life as we knew it would end. We had 3 and a half hours to come to terms with it before they took him down to surgery. We cried and prayed and told each other how much we meant to each other, and at half past 4 that afternoon they took him down for surgery. It took 3 hours and went extremely well.

And that is where we’re up to. Andy had a good day today and was very alert and awake and feeling really positive. We are blessed with 2 amazing Stoma nurses who will be supporting us every step of the way and have totally reassured us that there is nothing he can’t do now. We also saw the dietician who will be helping Andy put back on the 2 stone he’s lost in the last 6 weeks. The next two days are very important while the incision completes its primary healing stage but by Monday we’ll be on our way!




  1. I’ve been following your story keenly over the past few days. We’re in almost the same position as you guys – just 5 days behind. It was not classed as emergency as we knew surgery was iminent but it was only decided for sure this morning. She went into theatre about 20 minutes ago. Worry is not the right word!!!!
    Good luck to you both and keep up on the blog.

    • Hope everything has gone well and she’s awake now. I totally sympathise with that feel of knowing your loved one is in theatre and there’s nothing you can do! Be assured that you’re not alone! Keep us updated with your progress. 🙂 Ses

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