I first want to congradulate you and give you an official WELCOME to our wonderful Cool Club of Awesome Ostomates!!!
I know it's difficult right now. Really, there are no words to prepare one for such an experience. You have physical adjustments, mental adjustments and emotional turmoil. Each of our situations are unique to us, but all in all, we have each suffered a great deal before the final suffering of the surgery. I never really saw the surgery as suffering though. It was always the first and most exciting step toward a better life. Not all good things come easy.
Your output is probably thicker b/c of your diet, as previously mentioned, and that is pretty great! I actually prefer a more watery output so it's easier to empty and be on my way. What thickens mine the most is mashed/baked potato and rice. I also try to drink as much water each day, so I do use the Crystal Light packets for bottled water and pour one of them in my super huge cups to flavor my drink just a little.
Your bottom will be sore for quite some time...though the intensity will ease hopefully within a couple weeks. I didn't have any staples, as mine was laparscopic and surgical glue was used...even on my bottom! It was weird. I do remember the extreme discomfort of my bottom and the nurses told me not to put anything on it, but I did end up using A&D ointment and that made a world of difference! I had nasty output stuff for a week, so I wore panty liner set further back. I figured that my experiences with UC trumphed any sort of yuckiness dished out by the surgery.
My surgery was a little over six months ago and I am so so so so so so so so HAPPY!!!! I drive at least 2 hours a day for my job and my bootie does get sore even now...but it's more of a hemmy feeling, which is funny b/c there is no way that's the issue. Anyway, I think that you'll find that even once you start for feel healed your body is still going through adjustments.
Also, being six months in to a UC free life I have to tell you that I really do like having an ileo. I named my stoma Penelope, and she's definitely a part of me now. I just got back from vacation a week ago, and never was I inconvenienced by having her. It was wonderful!!!!!!
I'm sure you'll continue having questions as you continue down this disease free road, so please ask away! I will caution you to broccoli...I ate a ton of it steamed about two weeks out of surgery and boy did it do a number on me! I haven't had it since!!! I think we all have certain foods were look out for, or eat with great caution, so please let us know if we can help!
You are going to do terrific! Make sure you get plenty of rest, and if you find that your pain medication is not helping maybe your doctor, nurse or even GI specialists can prescribe you something more powerful. I had to go to my GI nurse for help with pain management, and I am so glad that I did!
: ) Robin