As many of you know, I've had two different blockages where my intestines just twisted at the stoma site and had to have surgery plus a 5 day hospital stay both times within the last year. It's easily been the most trying thing about having my ostomy. Otherwise I'd be just fine.
After my last surgery where my surgeon was going to try to tack my intestine down so I wouldn't have another blockage, he said he wasn't able to do it because it would have just caused more problems with different side effects. So he said these blockages can be fixed by inserting a catheter (he did this during my last surgery and left it in for a few days, sticking out of my stoma). He sent me home with some catheters and said if it happened again, I could hopefully fix it myself.
Well, last night it happened. I had a blockage, pain, the whole works. I knew it was either hospital HELL or try the catheter. It's amazing how quickly you can get up the guts to do it when you know the alternative is 5 days in the hospital and crazy bills and missing work and blah blah. Anyway, I did it, left the tube in for 12 hours overnight, and went to work today. I was uncomfortable and didn't have much appetite, and definitely still sore...intestines giving me solid liquid because they're so traumatized, but they're giving me SOMETHING!
I'm guessing it'll take a few days to return to normal, but this beats the hospital. It was scary and makes me nervous, but I guess I have to get used to it as my surgeon says it's a "semi-permanent" solution, barring unforseen circumstances or frequent blockages (like once a week).
He said I can order catheters through the same place I get my ostomy supplies. This is weird but nice to have some sort of option. Don't want to have to do it again, but I probably will. This has been my third blockage since my ostomy 11 months ago. I'm hoping with time my body will stop sucking and slow down with the blockages.
Just wanted to share with people who would understand how scary this was.