I am sorry. The forum moderator made a statement regarding my one reply to you and I apologized to the forum moderator if my reply was misunderstood.
In the beginning, I prayed that I would only have a temporary ileostomy until my small intestine healed properly to reverse it in a matter of 12 wks. My surgery was suppose to be 1-2-3 instead it probably made the medical books lasting 9 1/2 hrs. Complications occurred with the laposcopic colectomy; then emergency surgery on day 2 for internal bleeding another 5 1/2 hrs (open surgery) and my reversal ileostomy was 4 days before Xmas. My biggest problem that I have been experiencing for the past 7 mos is hemmorhoids, swelling and bleeding of the rectum. I can hardly eat anything plus I take Lomotil tablets 6 x's daily. I live on Butterball Turkey Breast sandwiches daily, the white of eggs, bagels with lactose free butter, lactose free soy milk, lactose free peanut butter and lots of Propel Flavored Water. I am from the Northeast (PA). During my last surgeon's visit, I was scared for one the possibility of the removal of the hemmorhoids and two I had pain when I had a bowel movement. Surgeon thought I might have a hernia, boy that is all I needed. But after my examine, he said I was fine. For the hemmorhoids, I am not a candidate to surgically remove them. I had difficulty for my first two surgeries as a bleeder and it might be worst if I had them removed. I have maybe two days a week that I feel fine the other five days, I am fatigue, afraid to eat because my BMs are 6 to 8 x's daily, and the more I go, the worse the hemmorhoids get. It really hurts. However, it is better than not going for weeks at a time. I thought after 7mos, I would be better like a lot of the people in our forums here. I cannot even go back to work full-time, not even part-time. Cannot judge BMs yet and they come with a lot of pain in the behind. I sincerely hope that your stoma site is alright. Just follow the doctor's and stoma nurse directions in keeping it clean and dry and empty your bag whenever you feel necessary. I hope everything goes fine for you! Angel