Bringing comfort and clarity to the what, why and how of an impending Ostomy surgery.
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.
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.
When I had my ileostomy way back in 1988, it gave me my life back. I suffered no psychological effects other than feeling grateful to be well again. Inflammatory bowel disease had blighted my life for so many years, getting rid of that colon was no loss and having a stoma was a small price I was more than happy to pay.
Every month, I replace the collars and pouches in the kits with fresh ones – the ones removed are then used at home. I do this because I have noticed that the collars sometimes “stick” to each other, and the pouches get knocked about a bit, so rather than risk a leak, I just swap them over
I am lucky that my husband has been amazing and really doesn’t care about my stoma, but I heard about others not so lucky, and we are talking about husbands and wives who have been with their partners a long time, and can’t get over the fact that you have a stoma.