Follow up to my post about seal failure and liquid clear/foamy output

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schrek-chewbacca hunk
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   Posted 11/14/2009 12:07 PM (GMT -6)   
I spoke to my ostomy nurse who said it was a hightened level of the digestive enzymes or juices that are produced when the GI has to deal with breakin down hard foods - nuts, corn, and for me I realize that I had some coconut shreds in my oatmeal that morning.  She said that was a no-no for me (although I have eaten that before).  And often the body is trying to eliminate more solids slowly while the digestive fluids are rampant in the stomach trying to break it down.
I am not sure this was the case, but that is what was explained to me as the science of this.  The caustic digestive juices break down the barrier ring more quickly.  And she said the foods that cause this can be different for different it is not an exact science generic to all people.

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   Posted 11/14/2009 5:13 PM (GMT -6)   
well i dont know, we had a thread before about whether acidic foods woudl break down your seals. And after i ate two whole pineapples in three days, and had no problem, i think we decided it didnt matter, lol.
As for coconut, it is hard to digest, but i think if it were small enough pieces and a small quanity you should be ok. The thing about nuts and seeds is, they cant be digested, they arent meant to be. If you think about it it makes sense, the way trees and such get spread out is by animals eating their fruit and nuts and then pooing them out elsewhere (gross, i know).
I was scared of popcorn but have been eating it like crazy, with no foamy stuff, but it does smell really bad coming out! and has a freaky texture, lol.
I havent tried nuts yet, because (i know this is dumb) someone (maybe vette guy) was telling a story about a peanut coming out and punchign a hole in their bag! And that scares me more than a blockage.
Anyway i went rambling there.
Hopefully you wont have any trouble with that again!
UC for 8 years, before finally kicking its butt and having a permanent ileostomy April 17 2007! 
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   Posted 11/14/2009 8:57 PM (GMT -6)   
Ha, summerstorm, the peanut poking a hole in the bag is funny. Must have been a thin bag. I eat nuts even though I know I shouldn't. And they come out just like they went in except in smaller pieces after chopping on them before swallowing. Just finished a bowl of popcorn. For a year I was afraid to eat popcorn, but I do now without any trouble. Just can't gobble it down like I used while watching exciting ballgames and scary movies. Isn't it great that we can talk about such icky stuff here on HealingWell ? Nobody else in the world would understand!

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   Posted 11/14/2009 9:12 PM (GMT -6)   
There are only a few nuts that I stay away from... almonds, hazelnuts. and yes, coconut. I just can't digest those. I've had enough discomfort from them over the years that I "think" I've finally learned my lesson. And, whenever I have had a partial blockage, sometimes all that is passed is a foamy liquid. I know what you are talking about.
Diagnosed with CD in 1979, many resections and meds
Perm Ileostomy July 1984 at Cleveland Clinic
Disease free since surgery 
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   Posted 11/15/2009 6:27 PM (GMT -6)   
I think what people can/cannot eat is individualized...I'll eat ANYTHING but do limit quantities and always chew well.

The peanut sorry is SO TRUE....I always empty carefully after I eat a Payday candy bar because I have that same fear:O no problems, yet, so I hope I didn't just jinx myself!!!!
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