Yeah! Ditto what Ohio said.
My surgeon explained with a loop ileostomy, the non-functioning hole (there are two) still is alive and mucous collects there and has to be expelled. Just like a rectal stump. It's still alive, so it still is doing something. It doesn't want to feel left out.
28 yrs. old. married with one beautiful daughter (born 11/20/07)
-diagnosed with severe pancolitis u/c 2002 had total colectomy 12/19/08; emergency surgery due to abscess-had to redo ileostomy and switch to left side 12/25/08; 1/29/08 found blood clot in superior mesenteric vein (prob. from inf. and surgery inflammation)
pred. taper, zofran, immodium, lovonox, coumadin, carafate, prenatal vit., and pain meds
(ileostomy temporary....not so sure?)
"Things turn out the best for those who make the best of the way things turn out."