Yeah, it's kinda like being "normal" in a way - People without Ostomies, without UC, with Crohn's - they can even have foods that bug them. When I had UC pretty much EVERYTHING was an issue. No only a couple things are: Orange fibers, and popcorn. I perosonally think that GREAT. A lot of "normal" people can't east one or two things, so I'm even with them, right?
Let me tell you, as far as I am concerned, even with the couple of little issues, life is WAAAAAAAY better with my ostomy. A gazillion times over. The issues I have had are absolutely trivial compared to what UC did to me. Now, this of course is my personal experience, but I think many share my opinion.
I do not watch what I eat. At all. I just don't eat orange fibers or popcorn. Other than that I eat and rink to my heart's content. And remember, some people who watch their diets more closely may have Crohn's, and an osotmy is NOt a cure for that, so they may continue to have problems. Same for people with constipation.
The day to day workings of the osotomy take getting used to, but then they too become just a part of your routine. You're a girl - I compare it to this. You have a routine you go through with your period. It may not be fun, and it may not be pleasant, but after the first few times dealing with it, you get used to it, you use what types of products work for you, and pretty soon dealing with it is just routine. That's what the bag is like.
If at first you do not succeed, then skydiving is surely not meant for you.
Jo - UC, total colectomy,ileosotmy on August 24, 2008.