Wow reading all these stories brings tears to my eyes. When i got my surgery 6 weeks ago it was unplanned and I only had about
4 days to mentally prepare myself for what i was going to face. I couldnt do any research because i was in the hospital on the emergency surgery list just waiting for them to have time to do the surgery. And mentally i was not ready. I'm 27 years old and i litterally bawled my eyes out when they wheeled me down to the OR. Once inawhile i still break down and cry when i stop and think about
my ileo. It has been challanging altho i havent had any accidents yet *knock on wood* and hopefully i wont ever. Im really hoping that my ileostomy is only tempoary because truthfully i dont think im strong enough as a person to have this forever. Not to mention they put it in the WORST spot ever. I didnt have the luxury of having a stoma nurse come talk to me and decide where a good spot would be and wouldnt you know they put it in the Exact spot where i wear my pants. Sigh. It's a total pain. It's really awesome that all of you are happy that you had the surgery. Ive had crohn's disease for 15 years so i can totally understand about
getting your life back. My disease for the most part was semi under control but the reason i had to get the ileo was because i had a blockage in my colon and i felt constipated and could barely go to the bathroom for 2 months. The colonoscopy camera wouldnt even fit through it and that thing is about
the size of a finger :/.
But the ileostomy hasnt been all bad. I go to the bathroom less. its weird only having to go to the bathroom to pee haha. And empty the bag of course but i do that when i pee so its basically the same thing. Im starting to eat things i couldnt really before... like ice cream and drinking milk without having really bad stomach pain. I'm still worried about
some foods though. LIke can people with Ileostomy eat corn? Or pickles? Or fruit with seeds? (strawberries/raspberries etc) I bought a huge thing of strawberries the other day so blend with frozen yogurt to make a smoothie cuz my doctor said because i have no adhesions i can have those but im a little bit nervous about
eating them not blended.
Anyway getting off topic here. I'm really glad that I got to read these stories because it's really great to know that if I do have this Ileo permanently that my life isn't over and things do get better with time. Thank you so much for sharing these stories. And i really look forward to reading more in the future.
Post Edited (Newone) : 6/1/2011 11:18:31 AM (GMT-6)