A tatoo for where my future stoma will be, that is! :P
I had my pre-op consult (my surgery for a permanant ileostomy is on May 6). I had a million questions for the surgeon...! Many were about things I have read/learned here!
Anyway, during the consult, the stoma nurse took awhile and marked several places on my stomach with a pen based on my sitting position, where my pants lay, etc. I mentioned casually, "I heard they actually tatoo a spot on you at the Cleveland Clinic," and she started laughing and pointed to another nurse behind me...apparently I had not seen the other nurse come in, who was holding a big bottle of ink and a needle! (my surgeon was trained at Cleveland Clinic, which I forgot)
My fiance came with me, and I thought he might be more nervous/put off by going with me and hearing so much about what to expect, but the truth was, he was even more at ease with the idea of the ileostomy than me when we left! The nurse showed us some flanges and bags and how they would fit on me, and the are smaller than I thought they would be (thank goodness!)
I am excited to be able to go and get a nice dinner with my fiance, and not feel bloated/horrible afterward...that will be so nice! I also have lost a lot of weight recently, and am looking forward to gaining it back!
So, here's to May 6......I am nervous, but I know it will be a good change!