Katrina, I'm sorry that happened to you, especially so soon after surgery. That has happened to me twice, and my doctor called it a partial obstruction/blockage, since it cleared itself fairly quickly.
She thinks mine was caused by a kink in my small intestine. That was several months ago, and it has not happened again. So, please don't be scared.
I agree that milk would not cause an obstruction, but Chex Mix and Shredded Wheat cereal might be a little too rough on your system right now. I think Rice Krispies would be a good example of a softer cereal, and you might want to switch to a softer salty snack like prezel sticks.
I woke up with a partial blockage this morning. The pain woke me up at around 4:30 a.m. I knew exactly what it was and that I would feel better if I threw up, which I did, and it unblocked itself right away. I suppose I ate too much over this Thanksgiving weekend!
Awe im sorry to hear that flchurchlady! Im glad it cleared up though.
Thats REALLY good advice about how to pick "safe" foods. Yesterday i tried beef jerky and mild chicken wings and they came out with no problems so im was happy about that bc i havent had wings without them hurting me in a while..still waiting on when i can eat my fritos Im going to wait 4 weeks..No blockages since that day. And im hoping i wont have any more. I do have some new questions though. Okay, when im emptying my bag it smells realllly bad and i know theres deodorants to put it in..Whats a good one? And my stoma is extremely loud after i eat when its working..(when is it not lol) Being a senior this year i really want to go back to school as soon as i can but with my stoma being so loud im not going back until after i get my last surgery which in about 6-12 weeks..Someone told me that itll quiet down eventually..How long after surgery until it does stop making farting noises?
Im already connected. When they took out my colon all they did was take it out and then pull out my small intestines to make my stoma so a little still passes through my stoma and comes out of my bum. With my next surgery all theyll have to do is suture up my stoma after they reconnect that so this surgery should be a lot easier than the first one right? I was out of it and dont remember anything from the first 4 days but when i came to..omg i was in pain!! Wish me luck and thank you all for all of your prayers. I really needed them Im praying for all of you too
I'm sorry you had another partial blockage - are you feeling better now? Is your belly sore? So what did you have to eat yesterday (sat.) that could have caused it? Any idea?
You could probably eat a few fritos with a sandwich w/o any problems. I wouldn't eat a lot at first but just a few at a time to be sure that you tolerate them ok. Good luck to you. Re: the noises.... well, I have found that if I don't let my stomach get really empty it seems not to make such loud noises. I use Ostofresh deodorant. Some folks use mouthwash, some use peroxide. There are many choices.
Thanks, ladies, I'm feeling a lot better. On Saturday, I ate toast with peanut butter and honey for breakfast, some saltines with provolone cheese for lunch, and leftovers from Thanksgiving for dinner - turkey, green bean casserole, and mashed potatoes. I think I ate too many green beans, because I saw them when I threw up (sorry to be so graphic).
Katrina, the noises will definitely subside over time. If it ever happens when people are around, you can always casually lay your right forearm on top of your stoma to muffle the sound. I use a little bit of mouthwash as a deodorant, and it should be okay to eat a few Fritos. Enjoy!
I just dont really like the feeling of it being against my body so i usually just leave it out of my pants. When it gets like 1/3 full and i tuck it in my pants you can see it bc it bulges out and looks pretty funny! I guess hiding it in my underwear would keep the bulge down a little.
Thanks summerstorm I felt better after getting that out haha I have another question..I want to go back to work (I work at Kmart as a checkout person) but Im kinda scared and dont know what to take with me. When I empty my bag, I dump it in this container thing and then use a dishwashing liquid container and fill that with water and squirt it in my bag to rinse it out. And then I use a babywipe and clean the bottom off and then clip it back. So what do I need to take to work with me to empty it out? Just put the container and get a little empty bottle and baby wipes in a bag and put them in my purse? Im not going back to school until after my reversal so I dont have to worry about that.
Hey Katrina, you can vent to us anytime! We've all been there and understand what ur going through. I'm glad your bf is understanding and accepting of all of this. He sounds like a great guy who really loves you. My hubby is the same way. His acceptance of my ostomy has really helped me accept it, too. I had to laugh when you said that you two were watching your stoma move. Now, that's some free entertainment right there! lol
Soon you'll be able to tuck the pouch into your pants and will be able to wear your favorite clothes again. Your stomach is probably still tender from the surgery.
The pouches I wear have velcro openings at the end, so I just sit on the toilet and empty into it. You can practice doing it at home, so you can empty that way at work, school, everywhere. You can carry baby wipes in your purse, but I just wipe the end clean with toilet paper. I don't rinse it out, because it just fills up again, and my stoma is happiest when she's covered in poo! hehehe
Glad you are feeling better. Bratcat never liked tucking her bag in either. She was able to find some longer baby doll type shirts (it was during the summer). When she went back to school she wore them too. She has a few hoodies. Luckily they are a bit big and she just let her bag lay in the bunching at the bottom. When she did tuck it in, she generally tucked the tail in let the rest hang out a little.
Remember that you will feel better and better over the next few weeks. I know you don't want to go back to school until after your last surgery but don't let your ostomy keep you away from enjoying and living your life. Rather than being self-conscious of it, think of it as giving you your life back. I know I can't really understand what you are feeling and experiencing because I didn't have UC or have the surgery but I saw how others responded to Bratcat's attitude.
As for the smell, Bratcat lived by M9. She went through lots of big bottles of it!! Luckily it was covered by insurance. As for being prepared when you are out, I think Bratcat kept a wafer (precut) and a bag in her backpack. She carried a small bottle of M9 too. After the few early weeks, she stopped using the container (the doctor just wanted her to be sure she was outputting enough each day). She's working right now (so I can't ask her) but I think she bypassed using the water bottle to clean when she was out. She would clean it with several pieces of toilet paper. If it was different, I'll make sure she sets the record straight.
haha thats tooo funny..colonites
Summerstorm, the reason I clean it out everytime is 1. it helps with the smell since i havent bought any deodorants yet and 2. I hate the way the bag looks so yucky..i mean..it IS poop and its supposed to have poop in it but right now I have the clear bags and it bugs me to walk around with my bag looking like that. I dunno..im being a baby about it but i feel ..dirty? when it looks like that. And 3. its become kind of a habit
I have yet another question lol. What about showering...Ill pull a little Romeo and Juliet here. To shower with or without the bag? That is my question haha I think itd feel wierd when the water hits my stoma and I dont know if Id like that feeling so when I take a shower I always leave the bag on. But it has cloth on the back so it soaks my shirt and takes forever to dry! Ive never taken it off and then taken a shower. Have you? And do you prefer to shower with or without it?
Thanks once more
Well, I just got caught up on reading your posts and other's answers. You are doing so well considering the amount of time since your surgery. Hang in there girl! As you can see, each day gets a little better. And you are asking great questions.
Re: showering with or w/o the bag on .... well, I prefer to leave it on. I just towel dry the back cloth side and since my blow dryer is always right there in the bathroom, I turn it on, lay it on a towel on the counter and let it blow dry my pouch as I put lotion on, etc. By the time I'm done with that, the pouch is pretty much dry. Just a few little swishes around the wafer and wah-lah, ready for dressing. I don't like the feeling of the moistness of the pouch against my skin either. I tuck it in when I get dressed. Usually the towel absorbs most all of the moisture. When I am away from home, I just towel dry and dress/go.
I have the skin tone bags that you cannot see thru. I just never could stand the clear ones. You are right, they do make you feel "dirty" in my opinion. Let me tell you --- if you can See it, it really isn't so bad. Esp. once you get something to control the smell too. Makes all the difference for me.
And, as you have noticed, the noise does quiet down as time goes. But, I do the same thing Cece suggested.. just lay your right forearm down across your stoma when you hear the noise to muffle it a bit. And no one knows that it isn't your stomach grumbling --- hehehehe! Just think of the times you've been, say, at the dentist and the hygenist or dentist's stomachs have growled! Now, how do you know they don't have an ostomy vs. a noisy stomach?!!!
Be positive. You are healthy and on your way to eating again and living life. Hang in there and certainly vent anytime you want. We do all understand you.