Bringing comfort and clarity to the what, why and how of an impending Ostomy surgery.
A stoma nurse was soon at my side with leaflets and a marker pen to mark where my stoma would be. That was so scary as I didn’t have long to come to terms with it all.
Whenever you have a stoma newly formed the first thing you notice is that it will be quite swollen. The shape and size of your stoma can change and will change over the course of the first 6 – 8 weeks after your surgery. The reason for that is whenever the surgeon is forming the stoma he has to handle your bowel. Whenever the surgeon handles the bowel, it causes it to swell.
The dictionary definition of a stoma is from the Greek meaning “mouth, or opening” – it is usually created as a result of a Diverticular disease. A stoma is created from part of your intestine whereby an opening on your abdomen is created into which the stoma is then attached. The stoma is the exit point of all bodily solid waste.
At first, I would only wear baggy clothes, which is very different from what I would wear pre-surgery. I was very concerned that people would be able to see my ostomy through my clothes (but they cannot!)
On a night out, I thin out my items a lot. I take a new stoma bag, a seal, tissue and a remover wipe and hope for the best, because I only want to take out a smaller handbag. Luckily I then just take some money, my phone and lipstick. You do have to be confident with your stoma bag’s ability to stay put and not leak, and I am very confident with mine, which helps enormously when you are out and about.