Here I am enlisting your help again. When I emptied out my bag today, I found the output reddish and kind of a smell (Not too bad like blood but I am concerned) I guess I am worrying a little about it being mixed with blood. (I had bloody diarrhea when I was very sick with Crohn's before I had my ileostomy surgery). I record what I eat faithfully with a food log and I cannot recall anything (maybe food coloring) might cause it? How do you tell if it really is blood and that I should be calling my doctor? I am still trying to find the right appliance that will stop leakage (due to two dips beside the stoma, hot weather and occasional retraction on the stoma) so my skin will have a chance to heal (it has been six months!) I think I finally find Coloplast (deep convexity), plus skin barrier and Adapt seals to fill the dips at the sides of the stoma. The thing is, my E.T. nurse told me that it is not in stock with Shield Health Care and I may have to order the items myself (pay out of my own pocket). Anyway, I am still waiting for the order to go through. Will greatly appreciate it if anyone of you can help.
JudyK89, if you are rading this, I just want to say "Welcome back!" I hope your surgery went well and it was good to to know that you are back. I had been thinking about you while you were out. Also, thanks for all your help to all of us who get on this forum.