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   Posted 12/7/2010 6:05 PM (GMT -6)   
I am scared...I've not done this since the ileostomy surgery.  My transit time is usually pretty quick... I now find myself anxiously awaiting it's reappearance.  shocked    Am I making a big deal out of nothing or is this something I will recall for the rest of my life?? LOL 
crohn's since 1983, many surgeries and way too many drugs later finally got a perm ileostomy & proctocoletomy in August 2009 (a life saver). meds: 6 mp, lomotil and immodium, vitamins. LIFE IS GOOD!

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   Posted 12/7/2010 6:37 PM (GMT -6)   
I don't know how you will come out but this has been one of my biggest fears. I love love love hard candies "butterscotch". I used to keep some at my desk at work all the time.  I am scared to death to have one now because I am afraid that I could swollow it whole. OMG what would that do to us. Good luck and let us know how you come out. Or should we say "it comes out".

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   Posted 12/7/2010 7:37 PM (GMT -6)   
still a lot to learn
Unless that seed was 1/2 in in diameter, I don't see a problem. My personal opinion.

That butterscotch candy dissolves in your mouth. Just think what the digestive juices in your stomach and intestine will do. Those juices eat the skin and flesh around your stoma, and you are worried about a hard candy?


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   Posted 12/7/2010 8:13 PM (GMT -6)   
You shouldn't have a problem smilewinkgrin

Take a deep breath and if you are really worried you can have a glass of grape or apple juice...that should take care of it!!
Crohn’s dx 1989
some terrible years before my
temporary ileo in 2001
Proctocolectomy w/end ileo in 2008
...wish I knew then what I know NOW!

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   Posted 12/7/2010 9:25 PM (GMT -6)   
     Hope an orange tree doesn't grow in your stomach shocked .   Just kiddin.  Don't worry.  When I had to be hospitalized for dehydration about a month after my surgery, the nurse gave me two HUGE potassium pills.  They both came out whole in my bag.  I didn't even feel when my stoma spit them out...lol.  That was a bummer because then they had to give me the potassium through the IV and it stings like heck.

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   Posted 12/7/2010 9:32 PM (GMT -6)   
you will be ok with one orange seed! if you swallow a bag of them you might have a problem, or a whole orange, lol.
Although someone on here, did swallow a piece of orange whole and it got stuck partway out of their stoma and they saw it sticking half way out!
I swallowed part of a fish bone one time and totally freaked, but it turned out ok!
And you may not see it come out depending on what else comes out at the same time.
UC for 8 years, before finally kicking its butt and having a permanent ileostomy April 17 2007!
-I have gone to find myself, if i get back before i return, keep me here-
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still a lot to learn
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   Posted 12/7/2010 10:31 PM (GMT -6)   
thank you all for the support, i am much relieved!   smilewinkgrin    (still waiting)
crohn's since 1983, many surgeries and way too many drugs later finally got a perm ileostomy & proctocoletomy in August 2009 (a life saver). meds: 6 mp, lomotil and immodium, vitamins. LIFE IS GOOD!

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   Posted 12/8/2010 3:53 PM (GMT -6)   
Stop worrying - you'll be fine. Someone suggested grape juice if you want it move sooner rather than later. I agree.

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   Posted 12/8/2010 4:45 PM (GMT -6)   
OMG, pswift, NO WORRIES!! Hard candy is so harmless. If anything the sugar will give you diarrhea.
Stephanie, 28 years old
Diagnosed with Crohn's Colitis March 2000
Possible diagnosis of IBS-D
Total Proctocolectomy and Permanent Ileostomy 3/18/10! :)
Blockage/Ileo revision 6/8/10 :/
Tried: Asacol, Remicade, 6mp, Humira, Xifaxan, Apriso, Imuran, Rowasa Enemas, Colocort Enemas, Psyllium Seed Powder... Tried Probiotics: Align (with no change except bloating) and VSL #3 DS (AWFUL diarrhea).
Currently taking: Prenatal Vitamin, Vitamin B 12 Complex, Biotin, Vitamin D, Calcium, Flomax (for urinary retention). 

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   Posted 12/9/2010 5:45 AM (GMT -6)   
Fake sugar, sugar, grape juice and chocolate will speed you up and give you diarrhea. That orange seed will be in your bag in no time. Chase all the above with hot tea and you will be golden.

I think you also inferred question re transit time slowing? Over time, the transit time of an ileostomy does slow. It's part of our body adaptation to not having a colon or the use of a colon any more. So if your transit is slowing in general, that is normal. Mine is about 3 hours (which I think is still sort of normal) but I had fast transit to begin with. I had no disease or inertia I had to have my ileo due to a severe gut injury.

Best of luck. A hard candy would dissolve. But I do totally hear your concern re the orange seed. I think Christine's answer helped you there. What we never want to do is swallow gum as that would be an issue. But we are not supposed to chew gum with an ostomy anyway as it creates swallowed air and gas. So I guess we are saved from ourselves. Rosemary
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