This is nonsense.
Thank you for making ridiculous assumptions about
my life based on having never met me. Your vague generalities about
my ostomy are certainly more valid than my 30,000 hours of personal experience.
Stomas don't exude any smell inside a fully sealed bag.
That bag is 1mm thick. That's 39.37 mils. 39 thousands of an inch between an
open bowel and a human nose that can detect hydrogen sulfide (rotten eggs) at 0.47 parts per billion. And the bag itself is 80 sq inches. That's a huge area of very thin surface. Tiny defects are statistically likely.
I once went to a stoma conference with over 200 people there - the smell should've been worse than death, but weirdly enough, despite there being hundreds of people with ostomies, I didn't smell the faintest whiff of anything the entire time.
No kidding. Do you think people who smell like crap would sit in a room with 200 other people? Only the ostomates who smell normal would ever attend something like that.
Your issue with the smell is psychological, not physical.
People sniff and glare when I go out on an empty stomach with an irrigated stoma and new wafer. When I go out with a wafer I've been wearing for a few days they cough. Before irrigation, I'd go out when there was stool in the bowel and people would gag. If I ate in public they'd probably retch. The smell is not in my head. I went to Walmart tonight to buy screws. 3 teens walked by. One of them said "dude, it smells like ass in here."
Store was clean and there was no one else around. Every time there's a pressure in my bowel everyone within 50 ft touches their nose.
I have to live in isolation. No friends, no family, no girls, no dentists, no haircuts, no travelling.
NiceCupOfTea said...Surgeon said the risk of abdominal hernia increases by a factor of 40.
Also, you can work out and have a muscular physique with an ostomy.
That's an extremely painful soft-ball sized bulge sticking out of your stomach that makes it difficult to even walk. Surgery almost never fixes it. It cripples and torments you every day for the rest of your life. Go ahead and risk that if you want. I know a guy who got one within a week of light weight lifting when he was 3 months out of surgery.
The hole in the abdomen and sewn-up bicycle seat area make your core way too weak to practice martial arts. The stoma makes it impossible to kick on the left side. And you can't safely take hits. There are judo / ju jitsu black belts on this forum who had to quit when they got ostomies. Years of hard work and skill down the drain.
I can't even jog without doubling over in pain. I have very little muscle left because I can barely handle one small liquid meal each day. When I eat my stomach swells up horribly and the pain is intense. I wake 6-8 times per night from the intense discomfort.
From juice. Solids are far worse. Pain was so bad from solids I once did 3 irrigations in one day just for relief.
Bottom line, you know zero about
my life and shouldn't make assumptions. Ostomy, like everything in life, is a bell-curve. Some ostomates become good weight lifters. Many others are crippled with hernia or prolapse. You got good results; I got terrible ones. You're on the right end of the curve; I'm on the left. There are no good QoL studies to tell us what the curve looks like.
Post Edited (JS44) : 10/29/2016 10:29:43 PM (GMT-6)