surg Mar 2; 1st day home & have Qs

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   Posted 3/7/2009 2:12 PM (GMT -6)   
ostomy RN put on new one piece bag Fri 6 at hosp and she said I was good for five days. Last night woke up with stool all over me. Called home health and RN coming to house this afternoon to put on new one. I am sore from surgery and cannot reach myself and cannot see myself. Once surgical sores heal, I sure hope I will be able to maneuver better and be able to see my self better. I empty bag well even tho I am slow at it. It is changing bag that I don't have down and RN will help today

I'm on low residue diet. Does this mean I can eat hamberger, plain and cooked in pan; not pattie, just cooked loosely in pan. Also is chicken ok to eat? I need low residue protein and veggies and fruit. I've eatten cream of wheat, milk, pudding, clear juice. Any ideas. Help with protein thing ie what protein can eat: plain hamberger. chicken. Pasta? Is that ok?

I need nourishment, and I want to build myself up but only with low residue. I'm afraid of obstruction. I have a verry very small stoma. I know to drink hot tea to help with relax so I want get obstructed.

I just want to build self up as I have not had much nourishment.

I think I am doing quite well and was surprised when I leaked. Also, I just want the right food to build self. Husband big help.

I feel great

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   Posted 3/7/2009 2:54 PM (GMT -6)   
we're in this together-- I'm home a week today. I wish you a speedy recovery. I've been asking some of the same questions re diet--I would ask doc for specifics but more experienced folks here will know better than I.

I was given no restrictions but am following the advice of folks here to go slow. Lots and lots of chix broth. Breakfast meat, although salty, has been my favorite so far--bacon this morning again. I did try a hamburger yesterday--did ok. Perhaps your ostomy nurse has some lists for you? My ostomy nurse is sending a list of protein/hydration drinks. The United Ostomy website has some great food list downloads.

Sorry your appliance didn't do so well last night. Glad your outlook is so bright-you are an inspiration. Best of luck to you!!
24+ years with Crohn's/colitis; fistulizing crohn's; ileostomy and proctocolectomy; propranolol and xanax; been on a ton of crohn's meds; praying to get through each day.

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   Posted 3/7/2009 4:25 PM (GMT -6)   
most meats are on a low residue diet, you should stay away from stringy meats at first, like roast beef or pulled pork. But, if i were you so soon after surgery, i wouldnt eat a hamburger, not because of blockage, but because it might give you lots of gas. Esp fried in a pan.

I at alot of cheese ravoli, with marina (not meat) sauce at first. Pasta is a good thing to eat, dairy is fine, but dont do alot of it at first.
Potatos are good, they slow output and you probaby have ALOT of output right now, that will slow too. You dont have to drink hot tea just liquid, water is best. Even now, if i eat something like a salad or a lot of veggies, i drink alot of water with it. If you wanna eat something now that you think might give you a blockage, or something not on the low residue diet, i suppose you could put it in the food processor and puree it like baby food, but i think that might be gross for some things, lol.
Just think of things that are hard to digest, like fresh fruits, veggies, nuts, seeds and things that give you gas, like pizza, spicy stuff, beans anything that gave you gas before. And stay away from those right now.
Dont worry you will be able to eat them soon, just its better to eat easy things first. And when you do start to eat new things, add one thing at a time.
Like say you wanna try apples, broccoli and lettuce.
On Monday morning try half an apple. if you are alright by the middle of the day, you will probaby be good with apples, then try the broccoli for dinner. then the lettuce the next day.
Now if something gives you gas or trouble the first time that doesnt mean you wont ever be able to eat it again, it just means you need to give your tummy a little more time!
I hope i didnt confuse you!
good luck, and dont worry you will be changing that thing by yourself in no time!

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   Posted 3/7/2009 6:08 PM (GMT -6)   
I had my surgery four weeks ago yesterday. I really didn't have any restrictions, but I was warned that my small intestine would be swollen for 6-8 weeks so I needed to take that into consideration when eating. Which I have.

I am deathly scared of eating any kind of nuts, popcorn, the skin of potatoes, etc.

I do drink a lot of grape juice. I find that it definitely liquifies my output and it's so much easier to pass my foods. I do try to drink as much liquid as possible, and I like to use the knock-off Crystal Light brand...I sometimes can drink an entire pitcher in a day, and I drank and entire jug of Welch's white grape/cherry juice...YUM!

I was nervous eating corn chips and things like that, but I can...I do try to chew my food very well and that normally does the trick. I was at a restaurant with my husband a couple weeks ago and I ate a couple carrot sticks without even thinking, and I was so worried of a blockage! However, I drank tons of water and it all worked out. : )

I know you're going to be okay. I am so sorry you had a leakage problem...I happened to have one last night too. It was not an experience I would like to have again any time soon.

Good Luck!!!
: )  Robin
28 year old Mommy of an amazing 1 year old and Wife for 2 years!
Dx-May 2007 Moderate/Severe Pancolitis - failed all medications
Proctocolectomy w/ permanent ileostomy on 02/06/09!!!
"Your mind is like a parachute, it only works when it is open."  -Unknown

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