I didn't get much helpful information from my nurses. They just kind of made sure I knew how to change everything and sent me home.
My stoma was not bright red in the beginning b/c it had a layer of funky skin stuff on it. I'm assuming most doctors may do a complimentary cleaning of this skin stuff, but mine didn't. My stoma is doing pretty good...but it hurts right now. Not really the stoma itself, but the area around it. Is that normal? I keep telling myself there's just cause for my discomfort b/c I do have a hole cut in my tummy and part of my organ has been pulled through, stitched in and is healing. : ) I would say that may cause some discomfort.
Anyway, it's all still pretty new, but I'm sure I'll get the hang of this soon!
Thank you guys!!!
: ) Robin
28 year old Mommy of a 1 year old and Wife for almost 2 years!
Dx-May 2007 Moderate/Severe Pancolitis - failed all medications
"Your mind is like a parachute, it only works when it is open."
Proctocolectomy w/ permanent ileostomy on 02/06/09!!!