Erin-At least for me, the rectum part of the healing was the easiest. I didn't even have to pack it, it was stitched up, but I do have fistulas that are healing the old fashioned way. I thought that would be more painful, especially when sitting, but like Cecelia said, the incision was worse. And remember that the bags they send you home from the hospital with are not the "coolest" ones. They serve a purpose and as soon as you can, experiment with different ones to see which one you prefer. All the companies will send you freebies to compare.
Thanks all for your insights and encouragement!
OHIO and Cecilia, I am so glad to hear that the wound on the bottom is not so bad for every case! I feel much better after hearing your accounts. It made me think though--Cecilia, you said you had to pack yours, but Ohio, you had stitches--made me wonder what they are going to do to me..! I will have to ask.
I also just found out that I will have to work up until the day before the surgery (the substitute teacher they found for me can only come in and spend 2 days with me to meet my students, etc., and he can't come in until the two days before I go in for my ileostomy..!)...I guess that is good that I will be busy as it will keep me from over-thinking about anything..! However, my surgeon wants me to fast for 2 days (clear liquids only), so I am going to be TIRED on that last day of teaching!
I know that I will be back on this site much more after surgery, asking for info about products and other issues, and I am so glad that the internet exists or I could never get such good advice from so many nice people!!! I really am so thankful for this site, I feel so much less isolated by my condition.
I hope my good attitude lasts, because my surgeon (who is totally up front and blunt, which I like about him) said that after surgery I may have feelings like "why did I do this? I wish I never had this surgery" etc. and that that was normal (many of you have said this as well). I pray that I will adjust quickly--I really think that I can and will--like so many of you have!
Have a great weekend everyone. :)
Thank you for your thoughts and prayers!! They are much appreciated!
I look forward to feeling good, too!