I currently do not have a stoma but had a temporary colostomy years ago. Since I have multiple bm's each day my colon surgeon claims my life would be great improved by having a permanent inverted colostomy, one that I would irrigate each day. Wearing an AM Patch in between irrigations (fancy way of saying giving your ostomy an enema each day).
Well, we have LOUSY insurance, we might as well not even have it. My husband is self employed and he skipped a pay check last week to make payroll. His employees are down to 4 day work weeks right now. So needless to say our budget is extremely tight. There's no way I could even consider surgery at this point, let alone buy expensive irrigation equipment.
But as I read topics such as this one, I have to gently suggest that you may consider irrigation. My colon surgeon told me irrigation is so new, many ET nurses and doctors do not even suggest it to patients. But I have read on another colon/ostomy board of patients who faithfully irrigate every 24 or 48 hours and think this is the way to go.
Perhaps down the road when the economy picks up and I'm sick to death of spending hours in the bathroom each day, I might consider an inverted colostomy and try irrigation.
It may be worth at least asking your doctor if this would be an option for you? You would avoid more surgery also.
Wishing you better days ahead.
- Diagnosed with rectal cancer, April 1999 - Stage I, no treatment necessary
(5 hour colon resection: 90% sigmoid removed, 15 inches of colon removed, gall bladder removed, given temporary colostomy)
- Colostomy reversal, June 1999
- Left with IBS/D symptoms, multiple bm's every day
- On a low residue diet at least 75% of the time
- Takes Colace 50 mg each evening
All in all I do okay, I just use the bathroom A LOT! But I survived and beat cancer!