So, me and my doctor finally have a plan of action now that we know what exactly is wrong with me. After many tests and many years, I have been dx with rectal intussusecption, anismus, and an anterior rectecele, and this is why I can't poop. It is called an obstructed defecation syndrome and really rules my life in every aspect. 3 to 6 hours on the toilet everyday and my quality of life is crap. LOL
So, the doctor is going to go in and remove the intussusecpted part of the rectum, remove the sigmoid colon, do a rectopexy, and hook me up to a temporary closed loop ileostomy for several months. This will be performed laproscopic which I am happy about because no huge cut and less chance of scar adhesions forming.
I am worried about having the ileostomy, but know this is what I need to improve my quality of life.
All of you guys with ileostomies...
what can you eat? I already don't eat fiber or much roughage, so, should be no problem there. But, I do drink coke and LOVE coke. Do any of ya'll drink coke?
Can you eat meat, like chicken, roast beef, or hamburgers? I mostly eat chicken!
Potatoes I know can cause problems, but what about pasta, breads(white), beans???
Also, do any of ya'll take immodium to slow the poop down?
I am also a bus driver. My doctor said I will be able to go back to work the 1st week of August?? Is that possible? DO ya'll think I will be ready to return to work that soon after? He said I should be feeling good 2 weeks after the surgery???? I hope he is right.
Also, the bus has no air conditioning and I live in Georgia, so, extremely hot. The conditions on the bus can get as hot as 117 degrees! Will the bag stay on in those harsh conditions? I will only be exposed to this heat for 4 hours every afternoon as the mornings are hot, just not 117 degrees hot. And this heat is only for 2 months, luckily not all year.
I am also worried about where they will place the stoma, seeing as I will be sitting for 8 hours a day because I am driving. I also have a funny brake on my bus, which is where I have to bend down to the left and push this handle down, and then back up to release the brake. Will the bag interfere with this movement? I can request an air brake, but really don't want to have to explain as to why. I don't want anybody knowing I have a bag. And I won't have this funny brake forever seeing as we get upgraded to a better bus the more seniority we have.
My doctor told me I shouldn't have any problems doing my job. And that I can do anything I want to do.
I went and looked at ileostomy supplies and I was like WOW...so much to choose from.