I was really sick before and for a time after my ileostomy. I went from 215 lbs. down to 115 lbs. on two seperate occassions (after surgeries 1 & 2). I am back up to 170 lbs. one year after my last surgery. My apetite is good but I can't seem to put on any more weight. I think your Dad and I are about the same age (51?). I think, at our age we naturally lose muscle mass, and with the ileostomy I think that process might be accelerated. I have started doing a little weight training to see if that will help. They say muscle weighs more than fat, ergo, I am trying "pumping iron".
I hope he feels better soon. It might be helpful if he could read some of the posts on this forum. I know it gave me a real lift when I needed it most.
Ileostomy since August 2005.
As result of surgery (modified whipple) for necrotising pancreatitis. Removal of gallbladder, 2/3 of pancreas, resections of large and small intestines. Massive infection. 8 months in ICU at Westchester County M.C. (I think that's a record). Second surgery for resection due to fistulas in January 2007. Been slowly recovering since then. Possible reconnection candidate.