First Crohn’s stopped me from running, and then a stoma gave me a new lease of life. Now, the ongoing issues with the Ken Butt have scuppered things again.

As I’ve blogged about the issue many times already, the Ken Butt has been the source of issues over the last six months with numerous infections random leakages due to the slow healing process. Due to the location of one of the wounds, it means that movement is always going to cause some issues but how much of an issue? And would it hinder the healing process?

I decided that I would pose the question to my stoma team to get their opinion. My team, like many others no doubt, are excellent and always respond to questions within a couple of hours. The response I got was not what I wanted to hear but was what I expected to hear.

Without knowing what’s actually going on inside, it’s hard to know what will be affected by running. There’s the movement that can affect the outside of the wound but there’s a chance that there could be other things going on during the movement. Sure I’m moving when I’m walking but it’s not as aggressive as running and the stride length is different. Based on this, the team advised not to run until I had the results of an MRI scan. As I’m not due to have the scan until September, this means that my plans for later in the year may have to alter (I may still attempt the Murder Mile). The outcome of the MRI may also mean further surgery so 2019 could be a write off.

I understand holding off until things are fixed but it is hard when you feel fine and haven’t got an injury as such. And when you read stories of similar wounds taking two years to heal, it’s hard not to feel a little despondent. I know everything will work out in the end, it’s just getting there that’s the hard part.

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Diagnosed with IBD in 2002, I have experienced the usual ups and downs of having a chronic disease and tried numerous medications but the time finally came in 2018 to elect to have surgery to improve my life. I had the surgery in 2019 and this is my journey having a 'New Bum'.

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