Hey, I am here too. It has been so quiet around here and I hope that means we are all out living our lives. LOL
Rosemary, it is good that you are cleaning out your house. I have also been cleaning my butt off...my house has been very neglected for the past 2 years or so and I am trying to go through each room.
I also worry about my stoma, but my doctor basically gave me the okay to resume all activities, including lifting stuff???? Not sure how heavy, but in order for me to go back to work he had to agree that I could lift 30 pounds. Not that I ever have to lift 30 pounds, but I did have to carry a sick child off of my bus last year and he probably weighed 40 pounds....but that is not common!
Hodaya, I hated the coloplast. It felt bulky and heavy and it seemed too tight and did not move well enough for me. I could constantly feel it. I like the convatec moldable wafer the best because you can mold the wafer around your stoma and it then swells up around the stoma and this provides excellent protection from leaks. BUT, I do not like how hard it is to snap the bag onto the wafer, so this alone has pushed me back to Hollister! I wish we could interchange the products, don't you?
I am doing okay. I am still not smoking, which is a good thing, but I sometimes feel like I am at war with myself....it is a horrible addiction and I guess after smoking for 25 years, that the battle within myself wanting to smoke is going to be an issue for several more months yet. This, in turn, has caused some depression off and on. I hate that!
I went and saw my general practicioner Friday and she said the skin swelling over the stoma is normal. She also did alot of blood work to check my electrolytes, vitamin B12, Vitamin D, cholesterol, etc. They took 6 vials of blood, so I assume they are checking everything out thoroughly.
I am glad my doctor gave me some extra time before going back to work because learning to deal with an ileostomy is alot of work. Luckily, I am learning something new everyday about which bag to wear, which clothes are the most comfortable, and what NOT to eat or drink. So far, coffee with cream and sugar has caused me the most issues.
I drank a large coffee from Dunkin Donuts with heavy cream and heavy sugar and a few hours later, my bag filled and filled until the output was light yellow water. Me and my husband were terrified. I actually thought I was going to have to go to the ER for IV fluids. I guzzled 32 ounces of water, ate bananas, and took immodium and this stopped the diarrhea.
Me, with diarrhea???? WTH?
Even with all of the challenges though, life with my ileostomy is good.
I go back to work next Tuesday.....I am scared, but ready to get on with my life.
Hodaya, why are you changing jobs?