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.
The children are a huge part of my life and have helped me recover. My ileostomy gave me my life back and I’m still here and enjoying life with my family and those precious little people.