Post Edited (kiwisteve) : 8/4/2004 10:52:08 PM (GMT-6)
I have a temporary ileostomy due to severe fistulas in the perianal area from crohns disease. I had my surgery in May , I dont know yet if I will have to keep it forever or not , the fistulas are still here and arent healing very fast. But if I do have to keep the ileostomy forever, I wont mind because It is unbelievable how good I have felt sence the surgery. I havent been sick one single day , I had this done laperscopic so the hospital stay was short (4 days) and I was back to normal within two weeks.
I had a real hard time thinking about having a bag, I always said i would have to be on my death bed. I thought it was going to be the worse thing in the world. I'm not glad I needed it but I sence I did I am glad I got it.
If you are to the point where you feel bad enough to even consider the idea ( because it is a big change,) I think you already know what you should do. I dont know anything about the J pouch. but the ileostomy has given me my life back.
Good luck on your decision, let me know what you decide. you can e mail me anytime.....
where are you from?