Welcome to our little corner of the world where we vent, share advice (and a few poop stories), and best of all... make new friends. I'm also a member of the not-so-elite Ostomate Club (due to Crohn's Disease) and mine is permanent. So, hey, at least yours is reversible!!
Actually, for me, having an ileostomy has been a real blessing, because I'm not sick anymore. I'm just happy that there was a solution to my problem.
However, I can only imagine how shocked you were to wake up with one when you weren't even sick! I'm so sorry. Please feel free to vent to us anytime. We are here to listen and help, if we can.
Cecilia (in Florida)
Dx'd Crohn's in '99 at age 28. Proctocolectomy and ileostomy in '06.
Disease-free and medicine-free since surgery and very thankful to be healthy again.