I recently had an end sigmoid colostomy and had my rectum removed. I am about
2 1/2 mos past surgery, had to spend 17 days in the hospital due to complications with an abscess.
My recovery was tough because after my discharge from the hospital, they had me on mega doses of antibiotics for 28 days. Now things seem better. I have been eating better and my stoma was very active.
I have two things I'm hoping someone can help me with. One I am still scared about
changing the wafers. When I went for my post op, the ET nurses said that the home care nurses were having me cut the
opening too small, therefore stool was sitting under the wafer. They taught me how to train the stoma into a circle by stretching the smaller part of the oval into a circular form. However, when I had to change the wafer after the ET nurse, there was still stool under there. I am using Hollihesive Skin Barriers now and then a convex wafer, also using paste in between and stoma powder too. Dusting it off the surrounding area well. Sometimes things are fine and other times, there is still stool leakage under the
opening. What am I doing wrong? It worried me that it happened after the trained ET nurse at Cleveland Clinic did a change and I had leakage.
Next thing is this is the first time I have gone so long with my stoma inactive. There is gas passing thru but no stool for the last 36 hrs. I've eaten enough so there should be output. Is it safe to take something like a stool softner or colace? Or is it better to take fiber supplements?
I'm just nervous about
everything still. Still low on energy too....
Post Edited (Tinamarie) : 5/26/2011 11:15:57 PM (GMT-6)