After about 6 months with the temporary loop ileostomy, I was finally scheduled for the takedown (reversal) of the ileostomy. The surgery went as planned. I stayed in the hospital a little over a week just to be sure my body was recovering well. It took the better part of a week for my urine output to really get to where it should have been. Nothing some extra IV fluid didn't resolve. After I got out of the hospital I continued regaining more strength.
I walked greater distances and eventually started jogging again. In got out of the hospital in September of 2007. In July of 2008 I ran a 5K race. It felt good to be able to run one of those as it had been several years since I ran in a race. The following year I ran a marathon in August. It was the Mesa Falls Marathon. The scenery was beautiful for much of the race and we even passed waterfalls during the course. The race was long and hard. I knew that staying hydrated was my biggest challenge. I got gatorade at each station, situated at 2 mile intervals, along the course. I ran the entire race without stopping which was my goal. My time wasn't very good, but maybe I'll run another some day.
Clip Holverson Jr. was diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis at the age of 30. Follow this blog to read about the treatments, including surgery, he eventually had to treat it.