What do you mean by "windy?" The bruise could a couple of things. Post op bruising for starters, nothing to worry about. It maybe from changing so much in a short period of time, especially if the nurses pushed really hard. last, if you are using a convex wafer, the kind with a bowl like center, (Which you probably are not) it would be skin breakdown. Unless it hurts when you aren't even touching it, its not skin breakdown. IF it should start to hurt and the pain grows over time, ER it and get the bag off. (this happened to me) But most likely its one of the first two or a combo and nothing to be worried about. Surgery is pretty rough afterall. :)
Welcome to the forum! Sorry you needed surgery, but we'll be here to help! My stoma was in a fold, not awesome, I know. Is it permanent or temporary? Eakins will be your new friend. (You may already be using them!) You may want to try a convex wafer, ask your ostomy nurse about them, and maybe a belt. My first recommendation is to go to edgepark.com request a free catalog and start reading up on all the different types of supplies to choose from. Prepare to be overwhelmed by the amount! Then go to the respective dealers websites, coloplast.com, covatec.com, hollister.com etc and request samples. they all have numbers you can call and talk to someone that can help you decide which product to try as well. I lived in samples for almost 2 months after my first surgery. It will help you find an appliance system that works well for you. What works for one doesn't always work for another, but I used the Coloplast Sensura flat line with an eakin underneath. I know I probably sound like I'm speaking french right now right? that's where the edgepark catalog helps. It will give you pictures of what I'm saying. I had no idea what convex was or that there were so many different brands right out of the hospital either. It gets easier I promise!
So I wouldn't worry about the bruise as long as it doesn't hurt. Now go request your free catalog :) Don't forget to take your walks and Welcome again!
-diagnosed with UC Dec 2006 at 22
-allergic or intolerant to all 5ASAs, sulfa and 6-mp
-emergency transverse colostomy on 9/13/10 from perforated colon
-J-pouch surgery step 1 of 2 3/21/11
I <3 my J-pouch!