Thanks Cathy, I am excited that it is going well, and I know the feeling on the eating. I have been trying to concentrate on the bulk things like rice, breads and banana's and that seems to help. Unfortunately, the stool has bulked up but the butt burn is still there. It is getting better though. I know it is hard to believe, but I remembered a remedy we used on our kids when they were babies and had diaper rash and I have tried it with success. Of course, for the gruesome details, you clean up as normal then I use the Witch Hazel pad to clean better, then put on some Barbasol Beard Buster brushless shave creme. It comes in a tube. I forgot how well that worked on the kids and I gave it a try. Cools things right down and heals it quicker I think than some of the other ointments. Has Lanolin in it.
One question I do have however, is do you feel like you have to have a movement but you don't go or only go a little? If so, about how long does that feeling last? Do you know if it is just swelling from the operation? Just curious. Glad to hear you are progressing along well. Did you're Doctor put you on any Immodium? I notice that some of the other posters have recommended that and I took some this morning. With the U/C and/or the Ileostomy, mornings were my worst so if I could get it under control in the morning, I was pretty good the rest of the day. I think that helped because even with the bag, I was at least 4 immodiums a day to try to control it. Two and I'm good now.
I ended up going over to where the home health nurse who first helped me out with all my ostomy supplies, and had her own business supplying. Typically, the insurance company wouldn't use her because she was only a mile from my house and they contracted with a big company back East, even though the prices were the same. I took all my supplies over to her and told her to use them up for folks that don't have insurance or whose insurance hasn't kicked in yet. I know she will. She came to my rescue a couple of times free of charge. I tell you, a good Ostomy nurse is worth their weight in gold.
Thanks again Cathy, and keep us updated on how you are doing.