an ileo is active like 95% of the time, but it's not gushing stuff out, just little bits come out.
When you first get it, for like the first month or so you will have to empty a lot, the first week i was home it was like every 2-3 hours, and a lot of that was gas, but that doesnt' last!
Now i can go 5 or 6 hours, if i need to. I like to empty mine pretty often, so i just empty it everytime i pee.
This is what i find great about it, if i don't want much output, like when me and my son drove to charleston (4 hour drive) i took two immodium before, and didn't have to empty the whole time! i can take some immodium and keep it from outputting, so i can basically tell it what to do, lol.
And of course, the more you put in the more that comes out.
And emptying only takes like 2 minutes.
UC for 8 years, before finally kicking its butt and having a permanent ileostomy April 17 2007!
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