I TOO HAD EMERGENCY SURGERY LAST OCTOBER FOR PERFORATED COLON
DUE TO DIVERTICULITIS WITH A TEMPORARY COLOSTOMY. IT'S BEEN NO BED OF ROSES BUT THE BAG PROBABLY SAVED MY LIFE, AND THATS HOW I LOOK AT IT.
MY SURGEON TRIED TO RECONNECT IN FEB BUT IT WAS STILL TOO SOON, BUT HE DID MOVE MY STOMA DOWN, IT WAS AT MY WAIST BEFORE, AND THAT WAS A RELIEF! AS I WAS GETTING BAG BLOWOUTS EVERY SINGLE DAY PRACTICALLY.
HE WILL PROBABLY TRY AGAIN AT THE END OF THIS YEAR TO RECONNECT, CAN'T WAIT, IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS FEEL FREE TO ASK! THIS SITE HAS BEEN SO HELPFUL TOO ME. I DIDNT FEEL SO ALONE AFTER SURGERY. TAKE CARE AND GOOD LUCK!
DIANE FROM MAINE
tpoof-I am not sure how much you have read in threads about what to do, but here's some easy stuff:
-use a soap that DOESN'T leave a residue when cleaning the area around your stoma(Ivory, Dial, Neutrogena). Otherwise, you may have problems with the "seal"
-I buy Bounty (select a size) and tear a bunch in half to use to clean my stoma area
-fold the cuff of your pouch back when emptying (if it isn't clipless). That will help with cleaning it and keeping the stinky stuff at bay
-And, I found that the more "methodical" I am about changing/cleaning the better I am...that is I always put things in the same spot on the counter, have my eakin seal on my wafer, cover my stoma in between taking off/putting on(you probably have less activity with a colostomy---an ileo has a mind of its own)
-even though yours is temporary, try some samples from the main suppliers, they'll ship you three or so of what you think you'd like to try. All the info is on their websites (Convatec, Coloplast, Hollister), take the time to check it out. The right appliance can really make a difference. I just found one that is so much better than what I have used for the last 5 years! It has made a HUGE difference in my life:) Who'd a thought!
-Oh, and the pain does subside rather quickly. The stiches will either disolve or be taken out. Does your hospital have ET/WOC nurses? Maybe make an appointment with them for some more one/one help.
Keep asking those questions and good luck!