Blood drops from stoma

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esoR
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   Posted 12/13/2009 1:06 AM (GMT -6)   
I just went for a walk before going to bed and when I got back I went to empty my bag and there were some blood drops coming out of the stoma. Really scared me. So far no more. I had not bumped it. I changed bag and wafer this morning but all had been fine all day.

Did this ever happen to anyone else? If so what was it? Did it keep up? (Ileostomy stoma is 2+ years old, so not new.)

Thanks, Rosemary

vette guy
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   Posted 12/13/2009 3:13 AM (GMT -6)   
Rosemary...having your stoma bleed a little is, not only, quite normal...it's actually a good thing!  It shows that you're stoma is getting a normal and healthy bloodflow.  Although I've had an ostomy for over 20 years, I'm still not a doctor. However, I wouldn't worry too much about it.  You might mention it to your doctor at your next visit, and I'm sure he'd agree with me.
 
BTW....calling your appliance a bag is a NO NO!  Try replacing it with the word "pouch", or at least anything other than bag. My local ostomy society frawns on, and corrects anyone who uses the 'b' word! Save that for the comedians!

esoR
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   Posted 12/13/2009 10:31 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi, Thanks Vette Guy. I see my doc this Fri. So will just mention it. It did not happen again, and it did happen once maybe a year ago, So hopefully all is well as you say. Yes the word is "pouch" sounds a bit classier than BAG. So I could say I'm a Pouch Lady instead of a Bag Lady???? hahahaha! Thanks, Rosemary

privey
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   Posted 12/13/2009 9:11 PM (GMT -6)   
"Pouch Lady" is really quite classy...My ostomy is about 5 months old and she "privey" bleeds every once and awhile. Not a lot but a couple of drops and Vette guy is right they told me at the hospital that it is a good sign. Again, to be on the safe side I'd mention it to the doc just to be sure.

esoR
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   Posted 12/13/2009 9:29 PM (GMT -6)   
Ok thanks Cathy. That is two votes for "I'm OK" I like that. Pouch Lady, Rosemary

Cathy...sorry to read of all your medical adventures. You wouldn't believe mine; I had incomplete rectal emptying starting in 2006 but moved a lot of stool every morning, just multiple trips to the loo. BUt made me late for work took 2-4 hours to feel done. So had a special image test and was diagnosed with a sigmoidocele. That means sigmoid colon flops over and blocks off rectum. For this 3 colorectal docs said you have the sigmoid colon removed. I did that, but the surgeons I went to also raised my bladder that was not falling; raised my vagina which was not falling, fixed a rectocele that was very small, removed both ovaries when only one needed removing due to benign large cyst, and for whatever reason removed the top of my rectum (just for good measure I guess; no diseased tissue.) So my rectum, colon, and small intestines scarred in and I could not poop or eat for 13 months. Had to see 10 docs at 7 medical centers before I found one who could do all that could be done. Lysis of very dense small bowel adhesions and permanent ileostomy. I was only 50 at the time. But so far so good. Have been on many cruises including a world cruise. Only 2 years later when I had the original scan read by a forensic radiologist did I find out I didn't have the sigmoidocele in the first place. Am in litigation with my original surgeons and the radiologists who misread the scan. They did all this then did not follow up on complications. Have you ever heard such a horror story? (Then while I was seeing all these 10 docs to get help some just told me this was "all in my head" because they either didn't understand the complications or they understood them and didn't want to deal with them.. I could have died. Only after the fact did I find out my original surgeons have close to 1 dozen suits between them for surgeries of the same pattern, ignored post-op complications, patients loss of bodily functions, and deaths. I did not know to go to their local court house prior to becoming their patient. Who would think of that?

Post Edited (esoR) : 12/13/2009 8:32:19 PM (GMT-7)

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