explaining gas sounds to co workers and public

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   Posted 3/17/2009 9:05 PM (GMT -7)   
Today was my first day back at work....its been 9 weeks since my emergency colostomy and i was happy for this day to come....I work in a small building which serves the public ( local goverment )...Im an elected offical in my county....I talk to the public all day and today as I was explaining to a business owner his obiligations to the state, my stomach started rocking and rolling.....He was unaware of my situation and my recent hospital stay.....How and what do I do....Ignore it or explain it?     I am so unsure of what the proper answer to this situation is......After he left I was almost in tears until another staff member said to me it wasnt noticeable......Help On th is one.....maggie
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   Posted 3/17/2009 9:35 PM (GMT -7)   
i put two little squares of towel between my bag and my undies and that muffles the sound

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   Posted 3/18/2009 3:24 AM (GMT -7)   
I lean my elbow on the stoma and it lessens it. But truthfully, most don't hear what we do (like finding a zit? You think it's huge? no one else sees one?).

I had a pretty loud gurgle the other day teaching (fitness) and said 'excuse me'. My client said no problem - she thought it was HER!!

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   Posted 3/18/2009 9:43 AM (GMT -7)   
I just casually cover my stoma area with my hand until it stops...are you snacking through the day? I know ileo's are quieter when you eat more frequently...I'm not sure if that will help a colostomy, tho...

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   Posted 3/18/2009 1:32 PM (GMT -7)   
I"ve actually said "goodness! did you hear the noise my belly's makin'?" If it is just gurgling they will probably just think you're hungry. If not, you can just say your meal is talking back to you--everyone goes through this and will think nothing of it. If you say it was your stomach the most someone will be is surprised--since there is no smell it's not like they can prove you farted.

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   Posted 3/18/2009 3:52 PM (GMT -7)   
justjenjen said...
"since there is no smell it's not like they can prove you farted."
LOL tongue Jen, that is too funny!
I do the same thing as you. If my stoma makes a noise and someone is within earshot, I'll put my hand on my stomach (over the stoma to muffle the sound) and say, "Oh my goodness, my stomach's grumbling!" They'll usually say something like, "Yeah, I know what you mean, I'm hungry, too." 
It works every time!

Dx'd Crohn's in '99 at 28. Proctocolectomy and ileostomy in '06.
Disease-free, medicine-free, and very thankful to be healthy again.

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   Posted 3/19/2009 6:22 PM (GMT -7)   
If I'm sitting talking to someone I'll just cup my left hand over the stoma and hold my left wrist with my right hand. Looks kind of casual I think lol...remember, if you haven't told anyone in your business that you have a bag they won't think of it. If you make noise they'll just think it's your stomach grumbling, that is IF they hear it at all. I've used that "oh my stomach is grumbling I must be hungry" routine before, but my co-workers usually think I'm bonkers because they didn't hear anything..

Dec 2006: Proctocolectomy/permanent ileostomy
Since 1991: Indeterminate crohn's/ulserative colitis

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