Post Edited (tivoli) : 4/2/2008 8:44:26 AM (GMT-6)
You are right! Drink lots of water, especially at first until your ileostomy slows down a bit and acclimates to normal foods. And you learn what you can eat to slow it down a bit too. Dehydration can be very serious and if you can't hydrate yourself enough, you will have to have IV's. Dehydration can sometimes be confused as a "bug" because of the symptoms. Do the PINCH test... pinch the skin on the back of your hand and if it goes back to normal quickly, then you are well hydrated.