Thanks for all the kind comments everyone, it's quite unusual to be able to discuss this sort of thing
openly... whilst I haven't made a secret of it at work or around family etc it's not exactly something that comes up in conversation and even when it does other people don't really know what you're talking about
half the time.
go for it now... take a bath!!!
One problem with that... my current house doesn't actually have a bathtub! It will have to remain on the todo list for the time being... next house maybe :) Or perhaps I need to find a nice hotel... I do like a nice, long, hot bath but that might be taking it a bit too far...
Did you end up with the loop or end? Curious to hear what your doc had to say to your questions. Glad the healing is going well and you are already back to a bit of work. Take it easy, don't do too much too soon :)
It's a loop, the surgeon recommended that so the possibility of a reversal in future is still an option. I had an end ileostomy previously but that's because there wasn't any inflammation in the rectum or small bowel last time so they could make a clean cut. This time around they had to form the ileostomy higher up and creating an end ileostomy would make a reversal difficult, even if the rectum wasn't removed at the same time. Ultimately I was happy with the decision and that's what matters most.
Welcome! I am sorry I missed you the first time around. I hope all will continue to go well for you. I am 53, and had struggled for 20+ years with ulcerative colitis. I wish I had known how much better my life would have been after my ileostomy! I would have done it 5 years ago. This is a great place, full of wonderful people!
I am in the Mississippi Delta and its cold and grey this morning. Hope you continue to get better and better!!
Thanks for the warm welcome... shame the weather here in the UK is also cold and miserable. Raining too, just for good measure. Wouldn't be England without a bit of rain :)
Dan, congratulations. Fantastic that you are sounding so well. This time round, you don't need to be afraid of swimming, etc. All you need to do now is focus on not letting the ostomy hold you back from anything.
Center Parcs here I come! Although... perhaps I should wait for my body to recover a bit more first :) Still a bit sore if I stand around for too long
gossiping around the water cooler