Chasblah, that is a funny story! Thank God you were home when it happened.
Chewbacca, I've had an ileostomy for 3 years and have never had a bag fall off. I wear a two piece appliance, and my ostomy nurse told me from Day 1 to always listen for the 'click' sound to know the pouch is securely placed onto the wafer. Then you lock it on, so it can't fall off.
Again, I am so sorry for over reacting here. I am getting some conflicting information from 2 of my doctors - so much so I must go back for a nother colonoscopy. One says to remove my rectum (my GI), and my surgeon is of another opinion. So they have me going to a third GI specialist at Washington Hospital Center. Also my GI wants me to have an open procedure, and my surgeon is referring me to another surgeon (The GI specialist I spoke of to discuss laproscopic vs. open). Even though my surgeon has booked the surgical date and set me up with the hospital and the ostomy nurse for marking.
I do trust my GI, and he knows that it takes a lot of medicine for me to not feel pain - so I trust his opinion with his referral to the surgeon - but all this confusion - actually has me very confused...and emotional (sorry).
I also apologize to the group because I was a moderator in the UC forum for a couple of years...You would think I would be more logical and even tempered with the posts here and yes, what we now fear will in time be humorous.
Again, thank you for putting up with me. I am trying to vent here and not let my wife see such a mess.
Perhaps I should change my tag name to a Vulcan-wannabe. I always have enjoyed all the star trek series. Stupid, I was just watching one I had seen a hundred times in reruns - and I found myself crying at a sad scene.
I see my GI tomorrow - he is also my general doc. He has given me xanax - and perhaps this vulcan-wannabe needs a bit more of it. I can take 20mg of valium and it doesn't even affect me-it doesn't work for me, but the xanax helps a bit.
I think I will be more regimented about it - as my doc suggested.
In the meantime, I will thank you all and God for this wonderful group of people and Peter the founder for letting people like me melt into a little puddle of emotion and then get back up with all the great support given here.
love to all
Bob (shrek, vulcan-wannabe ),Vent away! This is a very scary and hard decision to make even if you know it is the right thing to do. I know how hard it was from a mom's standpoint. I can only imagine how it must feel firsthand.
You're right. This forum (and Peter) has been a godsend. Knowledge is power. Unconditional support is a blessing. You have always been there for others as support. Let others support you for now. In time, you will be the one with all the experience and knowledge to pass on.
Hugs to you!!