Oscar is a colostomy. He is 29mm or 1 1/8", located on my lower left side. I have (had??) severe Crohn's/small bowel disease with MANY fistula's and tunnels inside and outside my body. My colon was almost entirely HARD because of severe fistulization. Thank goodness my Dr. was able to save some of my colon or Oscar would not have been possible. My major complaint for the last 12 years was lack of bowel control.
I wear the two piece CLOSED pouching system. It is the "tupperware" type closing system with an audible "click" when I
open/close. Oscar hardly ever goes in the pouch, most of the time the output sit's on Oscar. As such I use the closed pouch, and
10 times a day to clean him. Oscar does go quite a few times a day, but again, the ouput is mostly formed. Sometimes it is runny output and then it ends up in the pouch but that has only happened 4 times since surgery. When it does happen, Oscar gets all puffy and proud of himself with a "look what I did Allie!!" attitude.
I love him and will always do everything I can to ensure myself and him are healthy and happy.
RX Crohn's 1999, over 30 surgeries, 3 strokes, permanent colostomy and rectum removal.
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