I hope I can answer your questions for you.
Loperamide - I take it first thing in the morning. The docs told me to take it about 20 minutes before meals so that it has a chance to "work" before the food hits your system. If you find you have stomach upset, just eat a couple of crackers til you get used to taking it. I have been taking it since I had my surgery in 1984. I've tried Lomotil but it made my stomach hurt a lot. It worked well, but I could not tolerate it. I have not had any problems with the Imodium tho.
As far as how many times I empty - well, that depends on how much I have eaten. Most days 4-5 times or so... but I have been eating quite a bit trying to gain weight. (That's a long story.) Again, if I decide I really want fried foods, or something that I know will speed up my output, I eat it. Sometimes I will take the extra Imodium when I know I will be eating those foods.
I go out daily - I work part time now at Indiana University. I worked full time before and after my ileostomy surgery from 1981 thru 2001. I only started working part time in 2001 due to family issues. I don't have a "set" work schedule but I usually work Mon thru Fri, 7 a.m. - 1 or 2 p.m. Off weekends. We are also in the middle of building a new home and I have been really busy with that as well. We are doing a lot of the work ourselves and subbing the rest out. My ostomy does not dictate where or when I go out. My husband has a motorcycle and we love taking bike rides too.
Have you started taking Imodium? How many and when? What are you doing with your diet? What have you been eating? You know, another thing you could do to expand your diet and include fiber to thicken up things is to introduce some cooked veggies, like carrots, sweet potatoes, butternut squash. You may want to kind of mash them a bit if you have not tried eating them yet. Just for the first time to see how well you handle them. Baked potatoes? How about hydration?
Please feel free to ask any quesitons you want. That's what we are all here for and there are many others on here that have really good hints.
Do you know about the chat room here? On Tuesday evenings we "try" to get together around 8 p.m. I haven't been able to attend for a couple of weeks but will try to tomorrow night. Hope to see you there.
Diagnosed with CD in 1979, many resections and meds
Perm Ileostomy July 1984 at Cleveland Clinic
Disease free since surgery