Post Edited (peggy113) : 2/2/2008 11:28:43 AM (GMT-7)
Hey there - YAY for being home!
When I first got home, I felt much the same way you do. I had HORRIBLE pains, like gas. One time I even had my Dad drive me halfway to the hospital, but then it passed so we turned around. But that really does get better. I haven't had pain like that in twow months, at least. And Maximum strentgh GAS-X did help, so definitely try that. It's easier to bear I think, if you know that this isn't a permanent side effect of an ostomy. It's just a part of healing from the surgery. Same with feeling everything that passes. In the beginning, I was hypersensitive to it. Now, I don't usually feel anything at all. Sometimes, if the output is super thick, or if I've been eating oranges (LOL), then I can feel it passing. but it's never more than slightly uncomfortable. Usually it's just like, hey, I can feel that!
AS for smell, that , too, is worse in the beginning. I used to have to try to change and empty while holding a towel over my nose, otherwise, I'd gag. I got a tip on here to use Hydrogen peroxide in the bag, and that helped a lot. But now, I'm so used to it, that I don't even bother with that. I use a spray freshner if I'm in someone else's bathroom, but that's about it. And Summer is right about the covers thing - that's a good way to check. I caught a small leak that way, 'cause I smelled a little something, and I knew that was off!
You're still doing really great!