Thanks for the replies
David, don't worry, my "weights" are only 3 lbs! My doc said they were okay. I literally had NO arm muscle left after spending so much time in the hospital (I had to go back after the initial surgery because I had an obstruction... :( )
Cecilia, thanks for sharing! I was SO relieved to hear from you and Summerstorm that the gas will lessen..right now, I am having SO much of it (about 15 times per day at least)--and it literally sound just like someone passing gas the old fashioned way, but the sound comes out from the front of me...! I wish my surgeon has told me to expect this--he did not mention anything about it.
I hope my little guy becomes shy as well...I have too many quiet meetings to go to at work where I would die if it made the noises that it is making now!
I am definitely going to try the Gas-X before I go anywhere special/with people who don't kow I have an ostomy, Summer!
Thanks again for your help and experiences. :) I have the summer off from teaching, and hope things settle down between now and then.
Cecilia, I will definitely try the chewable Gas-X (I am so glad you mentioned "chewable", because, since I am new at this, I keep forgetting that I may not be able to take normal pills anymore...!)
Right now, my stoma in pretty inactive until around 1-3 pm, even though I eat right when I get up and munch all during the day...but then it is also working a lot at night, which means I have been getting up twice a night since I got home to empty my pouch...
I teach 8th grade science (this year was only my second year), and I love it. I am certified to teach high school science, but I love being in a middle school--the kids are so much more fun! In high school, participation is much less; kids are "too cool" at that age to get really excited about stuff every day :). I actually am starting to miss it since I have been off work for alomst 5 weeks now...
You are right though about the sound level in the classroom--I am not worried about making noise in front of the kids! I have also been wearing fitted tank tops when I go out lately-it definitely helps to muffle the sounds
I am also using the Coloplast Extended Wear wafers, and have had really good luck with them as well! I know you said you go swimming a lot--I am glad to know they can hold up to that if I want to swim!
My supplies are covered 100%...but how much stuff do you get sent each month? I just recieved my second batch of supplies (I am supposed to get everything shipped monthly) and they sent me:
50 stoma caps (I just wanted to see if these would work for me--I don't get them every month)
...I have still not even put a dent in the the 20 wafers and 20 bags they sent me last month...! Is this nomal to get so many supplies?? Right now I am thinking about just hoarding some in case my insurance would ever change, you know? But In a few months, I'll be able to fill a whole closet!
I just bought a big plastic storage bin for my extra supplies! But I am so thankful that I have the "problem" of getting too many supplies, rather than the opposite...
The stoma caps they sent me do snap rigth onto my wafer, which is great--I figured if I want to use them, I would like it to be a quick change, you know? If you are interested, the product number is 2802, I am sure you can call Coloplast and get a few free samples. :)
The "adhesive wipe" you mentioned--is that from Coloplast also? Honestly, the only thing I don't look forward to is change days, because even after 6 days or so, it is so darn hard to peel off the wafer...! That sounds like something I could really use.
I did not think of shaving...you can't even see any hairs on my belly, but I know there are some there since I can feel them being ripped out when I peel back the wafer. Thanks for the tip
Well, I am off to go out to a sports bar with my fiance...I may even venture to have a mixed drink or a beer to see how it affects my new ostomy!
What a unique stocking-stuffer! LOL about the daiquiri...I still have not yet experienced the infamous red output...