First and foremost let me tell you something you probably already know, your wife Barbara is wonderful! Second, dealing with an ostomy is a "learned" skill, don't be discouraged if things seem rocky at first. Read all the old posts that apply and ask questions, you will be up to speed and doing things for yourself that you would have never imagined. Finally, I too have a really "fast" ostomy and it is difficult for me to stay hydrated. Amey, as usual, offered some very good suggestions. The only thing I would add is to eat slowly and chew your food really well. Also, steer clear of coffee and too much processed sugar.
It seems like you and your husband are dealing with some tough issues. And it also seems that you both have a good attitude towards battling these problems. Keep us posted on his progress and know that we are praying for you both.
Life without the g-tube has been great! I still look like I have a bullet hole through my abdomen but the surgeon said it will heal over time. Thanks for asking.
So good to hear from you and know that David is doing much better. If he has been going on long walks and out to a movie, I'd say that is excellent progress. All of us ileos have had to battle keeping hydrated. I really do believe that in time the small intestine learns to absorb some of the fluids to help stay hydrated. I've had mine since 1984 and I will have to say that the only time that I really get into a bad situation with hydration is when I have a bug. Then it becomes a real problem.
Do you know the "pinch" test for hydration??? That's when you pinch the skin, like on the top of your hand, and it holds its position when you are dehydrated. When I took care of my mom when she was going thru chemo and radiation, I was constantly "pinching" her cuz she was so prone to dehydration (even w/o an ostomy). She was always saying "Quit pinching me!", but she knew what/why I was doing. It was our little joke!!
Keep your chin up and tell David I said "congrats" on his progress.