Anyone with temporary Ileostomy?

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   Posted 8/28/2009 5:27 PM (GMT -7)   
I had surgery and they gave me a temporary ileostomy. My gut was really messed up. Fistula and my ileum was leeking. Thank God they got to it in time ya know. Anyway, now I am waiting for my bowels to wake up so I can go home. Anyone have experience with how long it took for their bowels to wake and produce waster in the stoma? Any tips?

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   Posted 8/28/2009 5:50 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Jay,

Sorry about what you've been through.

You might have better luck popping over to the ostomy forum and asking for advice there. A lot of people tend to spend more time on the ostomies forum just after their surgery, even if they do have Crohn's or UC, so you might have more chance of finding someone with a temp ostomy there.

I hope you get to go home soon.

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   Posted 8/28/2009 6:26 PM (GMT -7)   
I have a permenent. ...I was sort of concentrating on pain management most of the time. I only recall being concerned about what the stuff was on top (turns out that was the paste they used to seal around it and it was oozing all around from what I could see thru the plastic bag) was all new to me. Surprised that you can pose the question really, so it seems you are in good shape. Figure a day I guess for some gas first. I got really bad pain. In time you will get your appetite back... dont really have tips. but I figure your bowel was prepped empty so theres nothing there cept gas. Have you eaten something yet.

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   Posted 8/28/2009 7:14 PM (GMT -7)   
mine was producing before i came off the ventilator a week after so i dont know exactly when it started.. i would bet in less than 3-4 days.

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   Posted 8/28/2009 7:41 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi I have a permanent ileostomy had my rectum removed only last month. I am getting used to it more as days go by and fast at changing the bag now. So much more comfortable about it now. As you eat more the more active your stoma will become. Keep us posted and any questions dont hesitate to ask, I will be only to happy to help as much as possible. I also post on the ostomy board from time to time. take care
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