Wow, I commend you for going w/o your bag. Of course, I would never be able to do that since I have an Ileostomy and a very active one at that. But, girl, you are doing wonderfully if you are able to "handle" that freeing time like you are! How is the skin around your ostomy now? Is it all healed?
Hi everyone -
Well, I've been fighting the good fight against the raw itchies under my wafer and I'm starting to win. I began using a clear caladryl lotion - dotting it all over my raw skin and drying it with a cool blow dryer before putting on a new wafer. It's not perfect, but definitely much improved.
Meanwhile, everything else has gone so wrong. I caught the flu from my 6-year old daughter and while she went on to get well, mine turned into a doozy of a case of Pneumonia! (better me than her of course!) I've been to the ER twice in the last week and 1/2 because of dehydration, dizziness, shortness of breath, etc. I've been through a course of Levaquin (antibiotic) and Tamiflu and I'm still having trouble catching my breath. Plus my ribs feel like little fireplace pokers in my sides everytime I cough - although that seems to be getting a little better (the coughing, therefore the ribs). Tuesday will begin week 4 of this misery. Oh, and I've lost 10 lbs. I'm back to my pre-surgery weight.
On top of that one of my dear friends is fighting breast cancer and another just found out he's in stage 4 renal cancer. It's his only kidney. They gave him no more than 2 years with some experimental treatments. He's 41 years old. I'm 42.
I'm sorry to be such a downer. It's just hard being sick what seems like all the time. I was finally starting to feel like I was living again after the UC battle and then I'm knocked down again with all this mess. I'm sorry to complain. I hope ALL of you are doing well and nobody gets that nasty flu! -Laura