3.5 weeks is so soon after surgery. It takes a long time to adjust. I had no complications and I was still feeling quite weak a few weeks following surgery. You need to be realistic about
the amount of time it will take to recover. I don't think I was allowed to lift more than 10 pounds for about
6 weeks. You need to give your body time to heal.
Were the other 3 surgeries GI related?
Were you interested in a j-pouch?
Other than the general fatigue, are you having any pain?
Are you getting used to working with the appliance yourself?
I think the only time they ever put my bag horizontal was in the hospital when I was stuck in bed. it was easier for them to empty it that way. Once I was doing it myself, I always put it with the part you drain facing down. I would think that's least likely to leak up by the wafer, and the easiest to drain into the toilet.
You will feel better when you get some strength back and gain confidence working with the ostomy supplies. Being reliant on the nurse made me feel down in the dumps a bit. I had the nurse for a couple weeks. She came every other day to help me. I was thankful she helped, but ultimately, learning, finding supplies, and trying options on my own made me feel so much more capable and confident. Give yourself time. You will feel better, stronger, be free of UC, free of drugs...
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