I'm so glad to read you're doing ok!
I hope your situation settles down soon, I remember all too well about
multiple trips to the bathroom and being sore. And I can see that for you, that is still a big improvement.
And I am glad I am no longer using the "back" and am only having to deal with emptying the bag around 5 times a day. I plan to travel to strange places for weeks at a time once a year or so, and my doc and I thought it that even if I could be reconnected, which was doubtful, it would be best for me if I had a permanent ileostomy.
As it turned out, due to three years of severe proctitis, my rectum wasn't usable.
In a period of 9 months, starting 9 months after my second surgery (for rectum removal), I spent two weeks in Asia, two weeks in Italy and Switzerland (and paraglided for 20 minutes off a Swiss mountain, which I could never have done without the bag - I was so wonderfully scared I would have lost bowel control), THREE weeks in India, and 10 days in Mexico.
And this fall I might be going back to Asia for a couple of weeks, and have plans to go to Africa next year.
Love is good!!!!!!!!!!!!!!