Scared myself this morning!

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peggy113
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   Posted 1/23/2008 7:13 PM (GMT -7)   
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.
Peggy
      
Diagnosed with CD in 1979, many resections and meds
Perm Ileostomy July 1984 at Cleveland Clinic
Disease free since surgery 
 


Amey
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   Posted 1/23/2008 7:24 PM (GMT -7)   
You have some seriously bionic nails! Wow, what a story. I would have been more worried about the poop getting inside the cut and causing an infection of the stoma...oops, hopefully this does not give you more to be concerned about.

Thanks for sharing this. I keep my nails rather trim and now I am glad that I do. I hope your little guy feels better and I am certainly glad that the bleeding stopped.
Amey
 
 
Ileostomy 8/2007
Revised Coletomy/ Reset Anastimosis 2006
Revised Colectomy/ Obstructions 2005
Sub-total Colectomy 2001
 
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Amey
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   Posted 1/23/2008 8:46 PM (GMT -7)   
BTW, congrats on making it 8 days. What an accomplishment! I have pushed myself to 7 days only once. Usually, I get 6.5 days. When I pushed it to 7, I leaked.
Amey
 
 
Ileostomy 8/2007
Revised Coletomy/ Reset Anastimosis 2006
Revised Colectomy/ Obstructions 2005
Sub-total Colectomy 2001
 
Prov. 16: 20 Whoso trusteth in the Lord, happy is he.
 
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Indabag
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   Posted 1/23/2008 11:04 PM (GMT -7)   

Hi Peggy:

Thanks for sharing! I think we can all imagine ourselves, home alone, stoma bleeding and thinking the worst! Glad to know it all worked out OK.

Did it hurt? I notice sometimes if I clean too agressively I sometimes bleed a little, but, I feel no pain. The doc told me there are no nerve endings there so that's why it doesn't hurt. Anyway all's well that ends well.

Richard


flchurchlady
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   Posted 1/24/2008 5:26 AM (GMT -7)   
Awwww, Peggy... I hope your little stoma is okay. sad I just thought of another way to get your stoma above your heart... a back bend!! Could you see yourself trying to be a gymnast at a time like that?!? nono
Cecilia
 
Dx'd Crohn's in '99 at 28. Proctocolectomy & ileostomy in '06.
Pain-free, med-free, and very thankful to be healthy again :)


Gillcom
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   Posted 1/24/2008 6:43 AM (GMT -7)   
Peggy thanks for sharing, i hope you have calmed down and your wee friend is ok. It's something i'll be careful off in the future, it must have been scary on your own i would have been the same.

Gillian x
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peggy113
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   Posted 1/24/2008 2:59 PM (GMT -7)   

Richard -

You are right -- no nerve endings, so I did not feel it.  Good thing, too!  Just gave me the eewie-jeemies!!!  I too have made it bleed during cleaning, not meaning too.  The only time I feel it is if it is right at the skin level and then I think it is the skin nerve endings I am feeling.

All is ok now.  No bleeding all night.  Yes, I checked it a couple of times throughout the day too - made me a bit nervous.  I just stressed myself out over nothing -- lesson here is "Don't Stress" if you happen to do the same!!

Cecilia -

I am many years past trying to do a backbend.  But I was a gymnast back in jr high school.  If I tried that now, I'd probably pass out with all the blood rushing to my head!  Only you would think of that!!!

Thanks for the replies.

 


Peggy
      
Diagnosed with CD in 1979, many resections and meds
Perm Ileostomy July 1984 at Cleveland Clinic
Disease free since surgery 
 


summerstorm
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   Posted 1/24/2008 9:43 PM (GMT -7)   
well if you do manage the back bend, be sure you send pics!

peggy113
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   Posted 1/25/2008 1:46 PM (GMT -7)   
Summer --- that surely would have been in another life!!!

Peggy
      
Diagnosed with CD in 1979, many resections and meds
Perm Ileostomy July 1984 at Cleveland Clinic
Disease free since surgery 
 


summerstorm
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   Posted 1/25/2008 9:14 PM (GMT -7)   
tonight at work, i come out of the kitchen and see one of the waitresses doing a split in the floor and then she starts trying to do a backbend, and i thought of this post!

flchurchlady
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   Posted 1/26/2008 2:33 AM (GMT -7)   
Was she entertaining her table hoping for a big tip? tongue
Cecilia
 
Dx'd Crohn's in '99 at 28. Proctocolectomy & ileostomy in '06.
Pain-free, med-free, and very thankful to be healthy again :)


summerstorm
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   Posted 1/26/2008 8:20 PM (GMT -7)   
lol no there wasn't anyone in there, we have that happen alot, it's kind of slow sometimes.
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