Hi, am new to the site, am 59 years old, went to Vegas in Oct., intestins ruptured on the plane, and wound up in a Vegas hospital for one month, sepsis, kindneys failing, and a clostomy bag. Now I have been back home in Texas for 5 weeks and am still trying to learn about what happened to me. Apparently I had chronic constipation along with diverticulitis. I would just accept the pain and in a week or so I would get better, but not this last time. I went on the web last night and figured out that i have a peristomal hernia, the surgeon in Texas confirmed this today. He does not seen to worried about it and says that when he reverses the surgery in 4 months he will repair the hernia. I worry because when
I stand or sit it feels like a small basketball protruding out of my stomach and I thought my intestins were just swollen. The surgeon has a sense of humor, cause when I asked him if the hernia would get larger, his reply was "why would you want it larger, it is so large now that you can get a basketball in there", that still didn't answer my question, and am wondering if just wearing a belt will help contain the hernia, if anyone knows please advise. The area around the stoma is very iritated and red, i didn't use the bag today beacuse I haven't eaten in a few days thinking that my intestins were only swollen and I wanted to give them a rest from food. So I can predict when I am going to have a BM. Was hoping that the iritation would get better, but it got worse cause I had a small towel over it and them a larger towel and then a tummy support belt.
Anyway I am going to see an ostomy nurse in a couple of days. I an so confused with all this, diet, work, housekeeping, bending, kneeling, lifting, etc. don't know what is acceptable even know 12 weeks p.o.I guess because my gast. dr. says whatever the surgeon says, and the surgeon is so busy
I can hardly get in to see him.. then 12 days ago i got a boil in a very private area, then within 4 days i had 4 others start appearing on bra line, leg and shoulder, I had never in my life had on before, called surgeon and he sent me antibiotics, said my immune system was low due to all the infections, they seemed to work, but today when he saw them, they are getting small, the big one busted and drained but not completely, so he says if they don't go away completely he will have to admit me to cut and drain them completely......worried about that too.....of course he husband blames me for everything, because I was cleaning, moping, lifting and working in the office for 10 to 12 hours a day....but dr. says it happened bacuse the opening around the stoma was too big after the swelling started going away....does anyone have an opinion on this..well i poured my heart out and before i start crying i guess i'll turn it over to you all.. God Bless...any advise is appreciated