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   Posted 7/15/2011 8:02 PM (GMT -6)   
Only four days post op and I just had some soda crackers, two to be exact and she's pushing them out approximately an hour later in a less liquid state!!!!!!!!!!!!! I know you guys will understand my excitement over my own poop unlike my family who thinks I'm a tad odd but in an adorable way :) So once again very pleased with Tiny Opal
Ulcerative Colitis since 2002
Interstitial Cystitis since 2010
Asthma since 2011

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   Posted 7/16/2011 1:50 AM (GMT -6)   
Yes we do understand :-) So happy to hear such a great positive attitude towards you little opal, I must admit I hated mine for about the first 18 months but now I'm well and truely used to it and couldn't imagine going back to the life or more like lack of life I had before I had my stoma. Certain foods do come out fairly fast and some slower. Keep smiling and take care

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   Posted 7/16/2011 4:51 AM (GMT -6)   
Good girl, Opal! Keep up the good work! yeah

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   Posted 7/16/2011 5:55 PM (GMT -6)   
flchurchlady said...
Good girl, Opal! Keep up the good work!
My thoughts exactly! yeah

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   Posted 7/17/2011 7:14 AM (GMT -6)   
i may be wrong but it sounds like you are enjoying your stay in hosp !!! ?? how does the experience so far compare to what you were expecting ?
UC since 1990, not a lot of fun
Qualified as ileostomate May 2010, a much happier boy now
panproctocolectomy, abdomino perineal resection, perm ileostomy
my colon may not be, but my heart is in the right place !!

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   Posted 7/17/2011 7:39 AM (GMT -6)   
Hello Wonder,

You're doing great. And I know how the entire experience gives us a very particular relationship to poo. I could wite books about it.Lately I've been thinking that what is coming out of my stoma is not poo, it is my food, with the daylights kicked out of it. Real poo is only the stuff that gets processed in the large intestine for hours and hours. What my stoma produces is still much closer to what I ate than to poo.
As for my stoma, I am really amazed at how my relationship to it has changed. In the hospital I refused to look at it. Now, three months and 3 days later, I feeling very loving and responsible about it, as if I have a new little puppy that needs attention, and I make sure it's clean and compfortable when I cut the right size hole in the wafer. I am not sure if it is male or female and I haven't named it, but I do have the feeling it is accompanying me and I am never alone. I think my stoma is the best stoma that is working so perfectly and diligently for me, so I'm very glad it's going to be my j-pouch in about 4 months.
Everyone else will think I'm nuts!
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