I had my temporary ileostomy reversed on April 8th. I spent 10 days in the hospital because my bowels just wouldn't "wake up". Lazy bowels!! Now I've been home for a week and still having a lot of diarrhea, cramping, and urgency problems. Sometimes I can go hours between bowel movements, but other times I go 4 or 5 times in the course of a few hours. I'm on the low residue diet, but things still seem really unpredictable.
My incision is healing great and I feel much better than I did after the original ostomy surgery. I want to go back to work next week part-time, but I'm worried about the diarrhea, etc. at the office. It's embarassing and uncomfortable. When will things start to go back to normal? I know things won't be perfect, I understand stools will be loose, etc. for a long time or possibly forever, but when can I start feeling confidant to go to work?
What are other people's experience with this?
Thanks in advance for any advice you can offer!