I think what Theresa meant by a little harder to manage is that since the ileostomy is formed from intestine a little higher up in the tract that her output may be a little more watery, hence a higher risk of dehydration which is why she probably has to snack on pretzels and such to increase her sodium and help to firm up her output. Is that right, tbraz? Just taking a stab at it....
I do not have a loop ileostomy but since I have had several feet of small intestine removed, I am nodding in agreement with Theresa. But, I have learned to manage it and it just becomes second nature. It's been so long for me now (24 yrs in July) and I was so sick before surgery, I can't even remember what healthy was PRE ileostomy!! (Wow, that's a lightbulb moment for me!)
Different foods do thicken my output up and I try to pay attention and use them to my benefit. It not only makes bathroom trips fewer, but it also allows my body to absorb more nutrients and fluids, etc from my food. And, it doesn't stop me from doing anything that I want to do usually, except I will have to admit that I was really uncomfortable with the thought of doing jury duty ---
Post Edited (peggy113) : 3/15/2008 4:19:05 AM (GMT-6)