Wednesday , 21 August 2019
Going Strong; 17 years with the BCIR

Going Strong; 17 years with the BCIR

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!

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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…

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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.