Irrigating really is an important practice that keeps the BCIR clean and healthy. I irrigate once a day (3-5 squirts each time until clear), but mainly because it’s just a healthy thing to do. If I miss a day nothing will necessarily happen. If I go camping or on a short vacation, I might go a few days without doing it. Sometimes if I eat something that’s slow moving (like pasta), I might irrigate a few more times to get things moving. However, when my BCIR was still new (first few years) I would irrigate more often because I was getting pouchitis and the cleaner I kept the BCIR the less I got it. I rarely get pouchitis now (once every 3-4 years maybe).
Jay is the author of the the BCIR Advocate blog and the book, "Colitis Be Gone." In 1998, I decided to have the BCIR (Barnett Continent Intestinal Reservoir) surgery due to severe colitis. My day job is working in media and marketing, so I felt I had the tools to bring some exposure to BCIR and how it might help others. I actually get many emails about the BCIR, so I felt the blog could work as a better message board. Please note, I am not a doctor and have no medical background. Anything you read on this blog is based on my own experiences living with the BCIR. I may give advice based on my own experiences, but please consult your doctor before acting on anything you read on this site.