After my complete colectomy, I had an ileostomy. Then I had that reversed. After the reversal, I could not eat and lost around 40 pounds. I got a pic line put in and I was receiving nutrition through TPN (Total Parenteral Nutrition). I had one more surgery after that (Total of 4), which eventually got me eating again. I would say that all happened in a 2 and a half year span. My issues started when my son was only a year old (he is 3 and a half now). One of my favorite things in life is to read my son stories before bedtime, and there was a long time when I could not even do that. The Ritalin helped me to have the energy to play with him at times. After I was able to eat on my own, I started to put on weight. I got off the anti-depressants. Stopped taking the Ritalin. Got my energy back, and now I am very close to my normal self. I continue to be on Remicade and sometimes get Iron infusions as well. I feel great, I will be starting a new job in a week, and my wife and I are going to have another baby. Things are as well as can be now, but it was a tough road to get here.