Welcome, cghopper. I'm so sorry to hear about
all of your health troubles. I had a rectovaginal fistula, anal abscess, and ileostomy surgery, too, so I can relate to what you're going through.
My ileostomy was very noisy right after surgery, too. It's just because you were completely emptied out and now you're eating again, so there's air that needs to come out. Once you start eating regularly again, it will only make a little bit of noise after you've eaten on an empty stomach.
I work in a office with three other people, and my stoma is not noisy. Sometimes after lunch, if I feel it starting to gurgle, I'll just lay my right forearm over it or put my hand on it to muffle the sound. It works like a charm!
If you're getting a lot of watery output, you'll want to stay on a low residue diet (you can Google it) or the B.R.A.T. diet, which is Bananas, Rice (potatoes or pasta), Applesauce, and Toast. Avoid caffeinated beverages, and drink Smart Water for electrolytes.
If you have any questions about
changing your appliance, please feel free to ask. We're all here to help!
Hang in there, it will get better!
Dx'd Crohn's in '99 at age 28. Proctocolectomy and permanent ileostomy in '06.
Disease-free and medicine-free since surgery and very thankful to be healthy again.