Colostomy Irrigation

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StomaGrrrl
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Date Joined Oct 2007
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   Posted 3/22/2008 10:39 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi All,

So, I've gotten curious about irrigation again. I'm running low on bags and since I have to re-up and order something, I thought I might get an irrigation set. I've talked to my Stoma Nurses and they are happy to show me how it all works, but I have to ask, does it really work? Does anyone have irrigation experience? Does it help with gas, especially since you're wearing a wee bitty bag or a patchy job over the stoma? Does anyone irrigate consistently and what's it like?

Any input would be welcome!

Camille
diagnosed Endometriosis 2001
first surgery 2003 - lesions found in rectum
7 major procedures in 2007 including 10-hour endometriosis dissection, ileostomy, RV fistula closure, ilestomy takedown, colostomy
No longer taking testosterone, codeine, vicodin, xanax, or receiving acupuncture 2-3 times a week
Loving life and re-entering "the world"
still taking the occasional valium :)
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Shaz032
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   Posted 3/23/2008 3:34 AM (GMT -7)   
I can't irrigate because I have an ileostomy but I know plenty of people who do and love it. It takes up to an hour of their time every 24 - 48 hours (a couple of people I know even get 3 days worth) and you remain stool free for all that time. At first it's a bit hit and miss but once you find the optimum amount of water you need to use, it becomes easy. They just use the time they spend irrigating to read or do minor household chores (you don't have to sit on the loo while waiting for it to work). Most of my friends who irrigate would hate to have to go back to having to wear a bag full time.

Good luck.
I have had an ileostomy for 32 years now due to UC.
 
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peggy113
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   Posted 3/23/2008 8:21 AM (GMT -7)   
I too don't irrigate, but over the years have talked to some that have. Once the "ROUTINE" gets in the place and the colon Learns it's part of the routine, things can be really wonderful. If I had a colostomy, I think that I would give it a try. WHY not?!!

Good luck and let us know exactly what happens. I am curious.
Peggy
      
Diagnosed with CD in 1979, many resections and meds
Perm Ileostomy July 1984 at Cleveland Clinic
Disease free since surgery 
 


StomaGrrrl
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Date Joined Oct 2007
Total Posts : 55
   Posted 3/23/2008 11:19 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks Peggy! Thanks Shaz! I went over to ostomyland last night and read a really good, detailed account, so I'm all for it now. It will involve a learning curve, just like everything else, so that will be exciting. ;) I'll give you guys the blow-by-blow as I learn the process. I'll probably start during a week when I don't have to be at work every day just in case.
diagnosed Endometriosis 2001
first surgery 2003 - lesions found in rectum
7 major procedures in 2007 including 10-hour endometriosis dissection, ileostomy, RV fistula closure, ilestomy takedown, colostomy
No longer taking testosterone, codeine, vicodin, xanax, or receiving acupuncture 2-3 times a week
Loving life and re-entering "the world"
still taking the occasional valium :)
Back at work and enjoying "perspective" on life...

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