I saw my ostomy nurse yesterday, and there was not very much progress on my butt wound healing -- it's a little smaller (it was doing really well, and then it reopened a few weeks ago). She wants me to just keep on keeping on w/the mesalt dressing. She thinks it's just too small for a wound vac -- it's maybe 2 cm now.
I said that the wound isn't that big of a deal now, except that it means that I can't swim, which is really the only aerobic exercise that I like, and I managed to still do it a fair amount of the time when I was sick (not when I was really sick). I just think I'd feel a lot better if I were swimming. Well, she said just go for it -- that as long as I take a shower right after, I should be fine, it's not a huge risk. She always thinks the wound looks really healthy, no sign of infection etc.
I was really excited, but then when I got home I thought that OK, it's fine in terms of myself, but it's really not OK to be draining and bleeding into the pool -- that's gross, and I wouldn't want to be in the pool when anyone else was doing that.
So, if I'm going to go I need something that will plug up the wound effectively for about 15 minutes-half hour. Sort of like a tampon for the wound.... the mesalt is designed to draw out the fluids, so it's not the right thing. I have a variety of other packing materials at home that I've used at some point.
I did email my nurse, haven't heard back from her yet, but I thought I'd see if anyone else had experiences or thoughts.
I have been taking baths regularly, and it doesn't seem like anything is coming out of me into the water. My surgeon told me a while ago that I could take a bath in my own tub or swim in a lake or pond, but not a pool, but it's not so convenient to go to a lake or pond (and my surgeon also said that my nurse knows more about wound healing than she does).
Today is four months since my surgery! My nurse said she's never had a butt wound that hasn't healed within a year, but she did have one that took that long. Sigh.....
48 years old, female.
2004 dx indeterminate colitis. Back and forth between Crohn's and UC dx. Many drugs, minimal success.
2010-11 Crazy skin and eye complications, high fevers, bad flaring. Out of good drug options, tired of scary drugs.
Feb 2011 -- proctocolectomy with permanent ileolostomy; abscess, blood clot. Still healing, still glad for the surgery