I sure dont want to look back in a year's time and find myself no better!!! I dont know how you cope?? but i suppose you know no bettter??? Yeah could still be early days for me - who knows.
I started taking prune juice about 2 weeks out of hospital cause i felt i was constipated with small little blobs and all - a real surprise - wasnt expecting to be like that at all. So yes i still go without the prune juice but not efficiently i feel - though the prune juice is very potent. I NEVER had issues with the ileostomy and will not hestitate to go back to it if, in around six months' time i am still like i am now. I just cant function like i did with the bag - pain bloating worrying about my bowels....good grief i just cant do it - 10 years i did all that and i WANT A LIFE!!
Yeah i also have elderly parents who depend on me too - one is in a nursing home the other is getting more frail and is depressed - though i also have a life and i am determined to make up for those 10 years - i spent 18 months with the bag and all i did was .... NOTHING except monotonous life stuff and argue with my husband all the time... i wish i enjoyed my health a bit more and didnt take it for granted.... guess trials of life make us realise these things and take stock ....
No i havent noticed what i eat affect me - i have tried benefiber - nothing..... fibre.... nothing ... in fact fibre is not my friend...i eat what i like and nothing either way makes any difference good or bad ...except prune juice ... which gives me watery output about an hour after taking a small glass full.... less then it dont work.
I remember my defogram i had before surgery - i only expelled 50% i think - but no one said anything about it before the op. I have my first follow up appt on 12 nov so will see what happens there. xx
Karen 48 years old
1997: Diagnosed IBS
2003: Pelvic Floor repair
2006: STARR surgery for mucosal prolapse/Obstruction/diagnosed slow transit constipation
2007: Sigmoid resection-partial volvulus resulting in worsening of colonic inertia (cleared obstruction though)
March 2009: Loop Ileostomy
23 Sept 2010: Ileostomy reversal