I don't know how depression works or anything, but what NCOT is expressing is issues that revolves around her surgery (stoma noises, foul smells, seals, etc etc )
Are you guys stating that if she wasn't depressed those issues would be basically non issues?!
Well, from what I've read, it takes prepping. Preparing this, preparing that, cutting this, adjusting that, eating marshemows before changing or popping some pill or whatever. I dunno, I've read quite a bit. Anyways, I wanna see how Probiotic does with this, he had like 1000 questions.
Yes, I believe so. Here's an example that might be easier to understand: I have some cellulite on my thighs which are a bit chunky. When I was depressed I looked at this cellulite and thought my GOD, I'm DISGUSTING, how can anyone bear to look at me, I can never go outside in shorts, my body is hideous, I hate the way it looks and feels, I wish I could starve myself to lose weight.
OK so -- I think we can all agree that having a bit of cellulite is preferable to starving to death and if I go out wearing shorts and a stranger sees my cellulite it isn't going to kill them or even put them off their lunch. Maybe it's actually so little cellulite that no one but me sees it!! But that negative mindset causes you to latch onto certain things and blow them out of proportion. Or we pick out certain things about
ourselves and our lives and turn them into scapegoats. "All of my failures in life are because I have fat thighs." "No one will date me because of my fat thighs." So on and so forth. Meanwhile millions of successful happy people out there with fat thighs. You can sort of look at ostomies the same way...
It's basic hygiene. It takes a little time just like flossing, brushing your teeth, and cleaning your body. Adults do these things more or less without issue. Coincidentally, an inability or unwillingness to perform basic daily hygiene is a classic sign of depression.
dx'ed UC pancolitis 5/12
past meds: asacol hd, VSL#3, apriso, rowasa, xifaxan, 6mp, cortifoam, pentasa, cimzia, canasa, butyrate, flagyl, cipro, prednisone, remicade, methotrexate, cholestyramine, cortenema
current meds: none!
step one: colectomy, end ileo 1/16/13
step two: j-pouch construction, loop ileo 5/1/13
step three: takedown 7/31/13