I was in the hospital last week (mainly for dehydration). I felt great when I got home last Tuesday and now today, 8 days later, I am feeling completely dehydrated again. I drink and drink and drink but it does not seem to improve my symptoms. I wish I had some suggestions for you but I have no clue how to stay hydrated. I drink water, gatorade, and propel. I take 6 potassium and 4 magnesium everyday and I eat really healthy. Here is the only suggestion I can think of...if your ostomy goes and goes (unlike mine, sob sob) you may want to find foods that slow your ostomy...pasta, heavy breads, pretzels, crackers, potatoes, bananas and such. I know you are still on a low residue diet and these foods work well with that diet. Peanut Butter and marshmellows work great, but I am not sure you can have peanut butter yet. Maybe Barbara will make you a big batch of rice crispy treats with double the marshmellows. I am sure your body could use the extra calories and you may get more energy from the sugar spike.
Anyway, those are my 2-cents. I am just glad your nightmare is over and you can start working on your home recovery. My heart broke for both you and your wife every time I read her posts about your set backs. Hopefully everything gets better from here. It is a slow process, but one that will lead you to better health.
How are you doing with your ileostomy anyway? Are you able to change by yourself? How many days can you go between changes?
Revised Coletomy/ Reset Anastimosis 2006
Revised Colectomy/ Obstructions 2005
Sub-total Colectomy 2001
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