It's definitely an adjustment period. I had a temp colostomy after rectal cancer 9 years ago, just about
all of my sigmoid removed, along with 15 inches of my colon and my gall bladder. I've been left with multiple bm's a day, at least a dozen or more. Sometimes up to 20. Small in amount but constant through out my day, as long as I continue eating. I went on a low residue diet after my ostomy takedown, kept a food journal, reduced my stress as much as possible and exercised. I still follow the LRD about
75% of the time, I now take a pediatric amount/dose of a stool softener (Colace) each evening, eat smaller meals than I did prior to cancer, I feel much better if I have very light meals but instead of 3 a day, I opt for 4 to 6. I also drink a lot of water, if I can manage it. At least 6 full glasses a day. I stop eating solids after dinner, by 7 p.m. so I can get a decent night's sleep without needing to use the bathroom. If hungry after 7, I drink 1 or 2 tall glasses of water.
Did I do ALL of these things within the first 6 months or year after my reversal? Oh no, it was definitely trial and error. Some patients find that extra fiber in foods is helpful (bran cereals or muffin, fresh fruit, etc.) or fiber supplements (I tried both liquid and pill form, didn't help....in fact Metamucil you stirred into water made my gut overly active, as if I had just taken a Fleet's Phospho Soda treatment! Yikes, it made things awful for me....).
I personally believe now that A. we are what we eat. B. keep a food diary or journal. C. never apologize for how you are feeling or accommodations you need (to stay home or have your own hotel room/bathroom if traveling with others or to decline a social invite) D. give your body time to heal and be patient in determining what will help you the most and finally, E. talk to your doctor if you try a LRD, make sure it's okay for you to be on it. My doctor approved of my diet but did not initially suggest it (he said and I quote, "eat anything you want and enjoy life, take Immodium!".....well I live in Cincinnati and we have a specific local dish here called Cincinnati Chili! I can never, ever, never eat it again! Sure, I can eat anything I want - wrong! But I learned this the hard way......)
You will figure all of this out too. You may find that fiber helps you the most. Or that it makes it worse. You will find your what I call my magic or go-to foods - bananas, plain yogurt, Club crackers, applesauce, white rice, instant mashed potatoes, plain white bread you buy in a local bakery, plain english muffins are all foods I keep on hand on a regular basis.......
soccermom3 - I wish you my very best thru this adjustment phase. It is not easy. So hang in there and vent with us.
Post Edited (Marsky) : 11/7/2008 8:05:33 PM (GMT-7)