i had my colostomy for 10 years now. the hardest thing for me was dealing with not having a rectum anymore. the permanent colostomy i could deal with. i've had crohn's for a very long time and everything ever associated with,caused by or a symptom of crohn's including kidney stones. i was glad to have a colostomy. i remember the day i came from the hospital, my sister in law was very curious and asked if it was ok with me, could she see the ostomy cause she was studying to be a pharmacist and had never seen one. however,she said she didn't want to see any private parts. i asked her, "what,like my butthole?" and i laughed. she said, 'well,..yeah." and i told her, "what do you think a colostomy is? " it took her a minute to figure out that rerouting the hole from the rectum to the surface does not change the fact you still have an exit hole,it just chages the
location. we still laugh about
it and i did show her. i do still have the "phantom" urge to push every now and then but it goes away quickly. whenever somebody asks me how i feel about
having it permanently, i tell them, "i'm alive,i have 2 kids and i'll never be a pain in the butt again!" and we have a good laugh. you can look at too that you'll never have to sit on a public toilet again!
27 surgeries, 19 fistulas,c-section, endometrios,hysterectomy,arthritis,dry eyes,migraines,kidneys stones,allergies,chronic broncitis,memory not so good, too close to death several times, too many bowel resections to count,
permanent colostomy(rectum removed was harder to deal with than using a baggie the rest of my life) but.......
...... I am no longer a pain in the butt!!!!!!!!