Thanks, everyone! Anyway, not jumoing with joy or anything yet because the recovery is very much in progress... but very happy to be rid of UC. I don't want anyone to get the impression my recovery isnt rough, even though I got out fast. The day after surgery I had fairly hellish pain levels as they wanted me largely in oral pain meds to allow the bowels to wake up. I managed to walk the halls anyway but this just further increased incisional pain- though it probably reduced the trapped gas pain that was probably the biggest factor in making that day after so hellish. Output was pleasantly semi-formed for 3 days but now I have had two days of ileo diarhea. Trying to eat so-called thickening foods but some, eg applesauce and yogurt, dont seem to be accomplishing that. I realise that its been just days since surgery but right now I am a bit of a prisoner of this fast filling (with liquid) bag. Afraid to try immodium until I get off the narcotic meds- which I am tapering on schedule.
Clothes? Lol- have not tried and i not dare try the old pants yet because my belly is swollen from surgery and the incisions are so raw and will keep weeping discharge and bleeding for a while, so for now I am wearing stretchy hospital "panties" (for want of better descript
ion of those hospital GI surgery underpants) , loose track pants, etc... My stoma is only slightly , microscopically below my work pants beltline and is actually just above or right on most of my jeans' beltline- I plan to get a stoma guard such as stomaplex in due course to ensure no flow issues into the bag but I can see I will probably need to wait until the stoma and belly stabilize in a few months, to get the right size stoma guard molded. I can see that once the swelling is gone and incisions healed, even a beltline in the stoma should be ok... But a stoma guard will guarantee that even if you sit in a tight position, the stoma's flow will be unrestricted.
Oh, I find the Hollister stoma belt (used to help keep the wafer flush on the skin) a bit obnoxious as it is so thin- pinches and chafes the skin on my flanks because it is so skinny. A stoma guard would allow me to get a more comfy, wider stoma belt.
Re. Smell- I see what you mean about
smell gradually picking up, as you add food variety. Still, far less smelly than UC D and IMO far less smelly than normie turds. The deodorant drops are quite effectuve- is it true that a chicklet or breath mint thrown into the bag at a bag change also works great?
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