Well, I was at day #8 - itchies just starting. So I thought, before I drink any coffee (decaf, I know, why bother!) or eat anything - I'll "take care of business" as I call it. I got everything all set up in the bathroom and began as usual. I guess I must have been 1/2 asleep still cuz somehow I managed to slice my stoma with my fingernail. Don't ask me how I managed that!
Anyway, that little guy bled and bled and bled. Finally, after applying a little pressure with a paper towel, it stopped. It did take a little while tho.
It was scary -- I don't usually panic at the sight of blood, but I was home alone and just kept thinking, What if it doesn't stop? I kept reasoning - I'm not on any blood thinnners, never had a problem before with bleeding, blah, blah, blah. I also thought, well, they say to get the cut above your heart to slow the blood flow... like if you cut your hand to raise it above your head and apply pressure. If you cut your foot, lay down and raise it up. But, how do you get a stoma above your heart? No, I wasn't about to stand on my head. I would probably have hurt something else doing that!
Yes, I have cut my nails - not that they were really long, but obviously too long for me!!! Just sharing my episode. That was a first in the 23 years I've had my stoma.
Diagnosed with CD in 1979, many resections and meds
Perm Ileostomy July 1984 at Cleveland Clinic
Disease free since surgery