Back when I had my temp ostomy my ET nurse said to breathe thru my mouth, not my nose. That might help with the smell.
When I had and still occasionally have bad gas pains, walking up and down a full flight of stairs really helps dislodge it. Try that if it ever happens again. But I'm guessing the swollen, gas pain feeling you had were surgically related. My colon surgeon told me they have to add air to see certain areas of the GI tract and then some of this air becomes trapped after they close and sew you up. Lovely huh? I swelled up so much I looked 7 months pregnant! But it does go down and in your case, glad you found relief. I had dry heaves for a while too. The first 2 weeks after my colon resection and when I was adjusting to a colostomy was really rough. I barely ate and for a 2 day span (day 10 - 12 I think), I was put back on a liquid diet. I had resumed eating too quickly my doctor said. So take it easy, small portions, foods from your ostomy diet. You will feel better but it takes time! One of my favorite go-to food items were the small Stouffer's sized meals. Just roast turkey and mashed potatoes were plenty when I was hungry. Anything larger and it was just too much food at one time. Consider buying a few next time you grocery shop.
- Diagnosed with rectal cancer, April 1999 - Stage I, no treatment necessary
(5 hour colon resection: 90% sigmoid removed, 15 inches of colon removed, gall bladder removed, given temporary colostomy)
- Colostomy reversal, June 1999
- Left with IBS/D symptoms, multiple bm's every day
- On a low residue diet at least 75% of the time
- Takes Colace 50 mg each evening
All in all I do okay, I just use the bathroom A LOT! But I survived and beat cancer!
Post Edited (Marsky) : 1/4/2009 8:46:14 AM (GMT-7)