life scar - me too. I had a temp ostomy for 8 weeks, I managed quite nicely with it but it was a very different way to take care of bm's. I ended up staying home a lot. Of course I was also recovering from extremely painful colon surgery at the time. Not really up for going out for at least half that time. I was relieved to have the ostomy reversed.
Now that said, I could eat more fiber than I can now with an ostomy. My diet wasn't so restricted. But again, for now I'd rather relieve myself the way I was supposed to. Also our health insurance is greatly lacking, we would no doubt have to pay for all the supplies, etc. I'd rather like you just maintain things as they are and be careful what I eat.
I have noticed I can't always digest rich food either. I also had my GB removed during my resection so I'll never know if some of my trouble is b/c I'm existing w/o a GB or not. But I do not have the typical yellow bile bm's after my GB was removed. So I honestly don't think having it removed has caused me this amount of trouble. My surgeon keeps saying it's b/c I no longer have a sigmoid, there's no where internally for stool to collect, back up and then be released more slowly or spaced out through out my day. It just comes and comes, as long as I keep eating. Sigh.....
When I'm dining out with company I eat extremely light. I skip appetizers, salads and have a small entree sized meal. No coffee, no dessert (I'm a cheap date.....LOL If I were dating that is, happily married.) I order from the lunch section if possible or ask for a lunch portion, or just a side salad and cup of soup. I used to think others were staring at my plate thinking how odd that I eat so little. When they're ordering all of the above and large entrees to boot. I no longer worry about
this. It took me a long time to feel very comfortable with how things are now for me. I also fib and say I'm not very hungry, had a large lunch, etc. Anything to distract them from wondering why I'm barely eating. And a few times, I haven't ordered any food, just a drink! This was before a musical concert. I knew I couldn't keep getting up from my seat to use a bathroom so I just had a very good breakfast and lunch that day, a mid-afternoon snack such as a banana and then didn't eat again until the following morning. I've done this more than once - skipping dinner completely. It really does work but you can't do this day in, day out, just for those social functions when you know that eating would make things much worse (another example, xmas day with my in-laws, that's 30 people for 1 or 2 bathrooms, need I say more? LOL).
- Rectal Cancer 4/29/99, Stage I, no treatment necessary
(5 hour colon resection: 90% sigmoid removed, 15 inches of colon removed, gall bladder removed, temporary colostomy, reversed 8 weeks later)
- Chronic IBS/D symptoms, multiple bm's, on low residue diet
- Takes Colace 50 mg each evening
Post Edited (Marsky) : 10/7/2009 5:12:02 AM (GMT-6)