Bringing comfort and clarity to the what, why and how of an impending Ostomy surgery.
After 3 years of living with Ulcerative Colitis my body decided to reject every medication available to me at the time, in 2014 I was told I needed surgery one day and a few days later... I was giving my consent for the operation and wearing the trendy blue gown to be wheeled down to theatre.
When you get a new stoma formed there are various factors that impact on how you recover from a physical, mental and emotional level. Everyone is different and surgery can affect everyone in different ways. If you have a history of mental illness before you have stoma forming surgery, you are at greater risk of developing some further complications in relation to your mental health.
My husband regularly said that I wasn’t drinking enough even before my admission to hospital for fluids, but I was sure I was ok. I had my stoma for two years so far with no hydration issues but totally didn’t realise the impact of the very hot weather we have been having that has lasted a long while for the British climate. I was probably plodding along on the brink of dehydration for a long while.
We share some tips on how to ensure that you keep as mentally well as possible following ostomy surgery.
I often think back to the early days of my operation and wonder if I could have done things differently to maybe help speed up recovery, make life for myself easier, and so on.
I am all for saying my stoma saved my life, and it did. But I would prefer not to have it at all and be well. That is not going to happen so I accept my life and live it to the best I can.
There are a few things to think about to ensure you have a stress-free admission into hospital for stoma surgery, during the surgery and discharge home.