On Monday I was sick with horrible cramps ALL DAY long. It felt like labor pains. Luckily I had an appointment with my surgeon yesterday for a check up. He said he was pretty sure I had a partial blockage in my parastomal hernia. He also said I did the right thing by taking the bag off, getting into a warm bath, and massaging the area.
We decided that I will have another surgery in May. He will remove the rest of my colon, repair the hernia, and make me an end ileostomy. I will keep my rectum since it is disease free. I will also have a plastic surgeon in for the surgery to perform a tummy tuck so I can have my stoma placed lower on my abdomen. Right now, it is right in my belt line and i can not wear any of my jeans.
Where is the best spot to have the stoma placed anyway???? Just curious because I forgot to ask him yesterday.
I am still smoke-free, walking 3 to 4 miles a day, and feeling awesome. My weight is still heavier than I would like by 7 pounds, but I figure I will lose it eventually. Everybody that sees me says I look so much healthier and not so sickly and gaunt.
I can still sleep laying down, my nausea is reduced by 75%, and my heartburn seems to be a thing of the past. It takes me 2 minutes to empty my bag and I am on my way again. :)
As far as the partial blockage, yes, it was terrible and ruined my entire day, BUT, with my pesky colon in play, I felt sick every single day. I still have some skin issues, but they are getting to be less and less the more I learn.
My doctor told me that the end ileostomy will be much easier to care for than the loop that I have now.
I hope everyone had a Merry Christmas and has a Happy New Year!