Lifting post ileostomy/colostomy

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peggy113
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   Posted 6/26/2011 12:26 AM (GMT -6)   
I am curious as to what everyone's limit is when lifting heavy objects.  For instance, I never worked on gaining back any stomach muscles (no leg crunches for me!), so now I have a very hard time lifting any weight when it is out in front of me.  If the weight is to the side of me and I can use my legs, I do pretty well.   
 
Last night, long story short, I had to call EMS for my husband as I couldn't get him into bed.  And, yes, I tried lifting waaaayyy to much.  My stomach is really sore, around the stoma, and even my lower back.   He is twice my weight. 
 
I'd like to hear what your thoughts are on lifting. 
 
 
CD diagnosed in 1979. Ileo in 1984. No recurrence of CD! Some issues with adhesions still.
Husband diagnosed with ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease) March 2008 - taking one day at a time, enjoying our time together.

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   Posted 6/26/2011 3:44 AM (GMT -6)   
i'm worried about you Peggy. how do you normally manage lifting him every day? i try not to lift heavy things. i have low energy and hardly manage to lift my 1.4 yr old nephew. i get really tired. i used to take him for few hrs twice a week taking care of him while my SIL was at work. it was very hard for me and i got really sore around the stoma. i don't know if he's the reason, cuz many women have surgery and they have babies and all and lifting their babies is not an issue for them. i don't know.
Hodaya
06/05/2007 - STARR procedure
colonic inertia w/pelvic floor dysfunction
08/16/2009 - total colectomy w/ileorectal anastomosis
07/08/2010 - loop ileostomy

polishdan
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   Posted 6/26/2011 9:33 PM (GMT -6)   
My surgeon told me that 1/3 of the people that have an ostomy come back with a hernia from lifting too much. You could be next.

Dan

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   Posted 6/26/2011 9:50 PM (GMT -6)   
peggy:

Like most things in life, we should all keep in shape, even the stomach, before using for a large task!

I"m not sure what your condition is now, but if things are normal, I would talk to the Dr. and ask about being able to life at least 30 lbs.

jimmy

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   Posted 6/27/2011 4:20 AM (GMT -6)   
another idea, if you have no choice and have to lift him, maybe you should wear a special girdle for ostomates, don't know the name of it, but you know, a one with a special hole for the bag. have you tried that?
Hodaya
06/05/2007 - STARR procedure
colonic inertia w/pelvic floor dysfunction
08/16/2009 - total colectomy w/ileorectal anastomosis
07/08/2010 - loop ileostomy

peggy113
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   Posted 6/27/2011 10:31 AM (GMT -6)   
We do have some special equipment to help lift him, ie - Hoyer lift and Patient Stander, but his legs gave out on the patient stander and he was literally hanging in a harness by his arm pits. Normally we can manage and figure things out on our own. This was NOT one of those situations. Our EMS squad is only 5 min from our home, thank goodness, and were very nice and compassionate. I am still 'paying' but it will heal eventually. I just want to hear everyones' opinions.

I sure hope that I am not next in getting a hernia -- 27 years post ostomy surgery and so far, so good. This situation is one that I cannot control, and believe me, not one that I would have chosen. I try to lift smart, as much as possible with my legs, etc. Even had a PT come out to give suggestions to me to keep from injuring myself. In a crisis tho, many times all that training goes right out the door when all you can think of is wanting to help your loved one.
CD diagnosed in 1979. Ileo in 1984. No recurrence of CD! Some issues with adhesions still.
Husband diagnosed with ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease) March 2008 - taking one day at a time, enjoying our time together.

Equestrian Mom
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   Posted 6/27/2011 8:39 PM (GMT -6)   
I have done a lot of weight training post ileo and to be honest I think it's important to keep our core a little toned. I started about a year post op and while I don't actively go to the gym to lift anymore I do run (which -surprisingly- helps your core) and I like to work with those giant balls that you can sit on for balance. Not high impact but you do feel it!

Your situation is one of compassion and love...and given the circumstances we'd all do the same...here's an extra (((HUG))) for both you and Scott tonight.
formally known as OHIO76 ~ honoring my daughter's passion!
Crohn’s dx 1989
some terrible years before my temporary ileo in 2001
Proctocolectomy w/end ileo in 2008
...wish I knew then what I know NOW!

peggy113
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   Posted 6/28/2011 12:10 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks Anne. I appreciate the kind words and HUG.

You know, I used to be a real "hugger" and then that was the first thing Scott lost the use of .. we both miss our hugs.
CD diagnosed in 1979. Ileo in 1984. No recurrence of CD! Some issues with adhesions still.
Husband diagnosed with ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease) March 2008 - taking one day at a time, enjoying our time together.

stripey
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   Posted 6/28/2011 12:51 PM (GMT -6)   
My stomach muscles are completely shot to pieces, so much so that I cannot lift both legs up at same time together. I lift as much as feels comfortable, sometimes have overdone it and then ache across stomach and have pulled muscles around stoma area. Soon settles down after few days but been lucky as never caused a hernia.

I would say, if in doubt try weight first before taking full weight of it and before of moving something heavy suddenly as that can be just as bad.
Crohn's dx 1989, loop ileo 1992, end ileo 1992. Arthritis developed 1990 Stoma abcess 1995. Azathioprine started 1995. Panprocolorectomy 1999. Stillbirth 2000, antiphospholipid syndrome dx 2000. Flare up 2004, stoma abcess and strictoplasty 2004. Low blood pressure dx with impaired kidney function 2006, fludrocortisone pres. flare up 2010, steroids, Humira, codeine.

esoR
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   Posted 6/29/2011 9:12 PM (GMT -6)   
Nah, don't lift him. Get a patient lift and hired help or get him to a care facility. THe human abdomen is not built for intestine to be coming out of it as we with ostomies have had to get for various reasons. That in and of itself is enough to often cause a peristomal hernia. Actually an ostomy is a necessarily made hernia. We have the Ultimate Hernia so to speak. Lifting another human being would be out of the question I would think. I lift nothing more than a 7 lb bag of groceries and my cat who is about 9 lbs. My LTD ins co is all into saying I can lift 20 lbs. I never lifted 20 lbs in my life! Not going to start now for sure. You qualify for medical assistance to care for your husband. I wish I could give you the names and numbers of agencies who can come and help you. Ask your doc for the info. If you do yourself in trying to lift him then you will both be in trouble. I wish you all the best. Rosemary

peggy113
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   Posted 6/30/2011 5:16 PM (GMT -6)   
My husband is actually on Hospice Care right now and so, we do get a lot of help.  But, I still am responsible for getting him in and out of bed and to the "loo".  We do have equipment (Hoyer lift and a Patient Stander), but that also takes a lot of muscle to even move the equipment with 200 lbs on it.   I want to be able to keep him here at home, I wouldn't want to go to be placed in a facility and I know that is his want as well. 
 
I have heard of some folks who actually lift weights and do weight training without any issues.    I am probably not going to be as lucky as they are.  I really do try to use my legs as much as possible, and lift "smartly".  But everything seems to take abdominal muscles.
 
I was just curious as to what some of the limits folks set for themselves, etc.  Thanks for all the input.
CD diagnosed in 1979. Ileo in 1984. No recurrence of CD! Some issues with adhesions still.
Husband diagnosed with ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease) March 2008 - taking one day at a time, enjoying our time together.

summerstorm
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   Posted 6/30/2011 8:24 PM (GMT -6)   
i don't have much problem lifting things, i don't know what my weight limit is, but i know i've lifted over 50lbs since then. And i do light arm weights and leg weights, and i do core training. Some of the exercises are really easy, one is just leaning back holding yourself up with only your stomach muscles. another is holding your legs out in front of you, while leaning back and picking them up, pulling them in, lifting them higher, then lowering them again. then some are harder and involve going from low plank to high plank using mainly your stomach muscles.
UC for 8 years, before finally kicking its butt and having a permanent ileostomy April 17 2007!
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