Thanks for the updates on Samie. I'm glad she's feeling better and likes her nurses.
A fistula is a tunnel or hole from the bowel to another part of the body. They are very common with these types of bowel diseases. I had a rectovaginal one for many years, and it healed up after surgery. They are so small that a doctor has a difficult time finding them, so that's why they try to locate them with a scan.
With her stoma pointing downward, have Samie ask the nurses if they can use an Eakin seal around the stoma under the wafer to avoid leaks. We all had leaks in the beginning before we got the hang of things, so that's normal. Since it's leaking, that means her stoma must be working, which is great! Mine took 10 days to work, and it was no fun only being able to eat ice chips for that long.
Please tell her that we're all thinking about
her and praying for her. And keep the questions coming. We're here to help in any way we can!
Dx'd Crohn's in '99 at 28. Proctocolectomy & ileostomy in '06.
Pain-free, med-free, and very thankful to be healthy again :)