So I just thought I would give a 17 year follow up since I had the BCIR procedure or Barnett Continent Intestinal Reservoir. I think it’s been 17 years, maybe a little longer; I vow to one day look up the actual date so I know for sure. Honestly folks, I have no issues to report. The BCIR has treated me well ever since I made the decision to get the BCIR surgery after 8 years of suffering from severe colitis and being tethered to a bathroom.
To recap, as you’ll notice in my past BCIR articles, I had some serious issues with constant bouts of pouchitis and a few blockages that sent me back to the hospital, but after those initial years, all of these issues became less and less. I’m now at the point where I can’t remember when I last had pouchitis. The last issue I can remember was maybe 3 years ago, I was in San Francisco and I ate a bucket of shrimp, and that night I felt things were hanging up as I got the subtle signs of an pending blockage. To know one’s fault but my own, I overate and didn’t drink enough fluids. But because I did recognize the signs of a blockage, I started right away with ample fluids, grape juice, and my BCIR yoga moves to get things flowing again, and before anything could become serious, I was free-flowing once again.
The point of this post is to highlight the lack of issues and how awesome I feel living with the BCIR. I have no regrets or complaints. Pooping through a tube has become something very normal to me, and sometimes I forget I do poop a little different than everybody else. I am definitely a BCIR advocate, and would recommended the BCIR operation to anyone who may be suffering from long term severe colitis as I once was. To good health!