Bringing comfort and clarity to the what, why and how of an impending Ostomy surgery.
If you took part in physical activity before surgery there is absolutely no reason why you can’t get back to that again. If you have never taken part in physical exercise before it is important to start off slowly. A gentle walk or swimming are both very easy on your abdominal muscles. Ensure that you stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water. Take your time and don’t overdo yourself. Enjoy getting back to exercising.
My recent surgery was planned unlike the other two. I personally think having a planned surgery gives your mind more time to go into overtime, thinking about every little detail whereas before I just went along and didn’t ask many questions. Everyone’s journey is different, like I lived life to the full and still continually do.
A SCN is a very important part of the multi-disciplinary team within your hospital. They will be the one who is able to ensure your surgeon knows your situation and any other important details they might need to know about your journey. He/she will be the liaison between any social workers, physios or occupational therapists, helping to direct you to the appropriate health care professional that can help you with any problems that you might be having.
These things sound scary and if you are prepared before surgery and join a group and read as much as you can, get yourself into a healthy way, you can overcome this major surgery with knowledge and a positive mind.
My ileostomy was created just over ten years ago on the 18th March 2008, so in this blog I thought I would share with you the acceptance, problems and recovery during that time, and so as such, it is designed for the newer ostomate. There are ten items, one for each year of my new life.
There’s a lot of things I wish I had known when I first got my ostomy.. BUT! Now that I’ve dealt with those things I can pass my knowledge on to you dear readers :).