Bringing comfort and clarity to the what, why and how of an impending Ostomy surgery.
Although the creation of a stoma via an operation sounds a medical miracle, it has in fact been around for a lot longer than you will appreciate…..
Pain after any surgical procedure is common however it should not be overwhelming, and it should not be uncontrollable. If your having a planned procedure you should have the opportunity to discuss your options for pain management with the anesthetist or with the pain nurse. Sometimes it’s the fear of the unknown that causes the stress and anxiety.
I heard conflicting views on the subject which was 1.5 litres to 2 litres a day, or much much higher for ostomates. Hydration sachets? ( hate the taste), sports drinks, water and plenty of it. Surely sports drinks are full of sugar? I also heard you can drink too much water, or ordinary water isn’t enough for us? It is a mine field (same as what foods to have) I just try and drink water.
For the month of February, I have decided to cut out some sugar intake. I gave up candy, ice cream, and cookies for this month. I want to see if there is an improvement in my energy and overall clarity.
I am happy that I managed to get out there and help others. I am glad that I joined the Ileostomy association, I am glad I joined lots of forums, I am glad I write my blog letting the world know about life with a stoma.