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Date Joined Oct 2006
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   Posted 2/28/2007 2:37 PM (GMT -6)   
So I thought it might be nice to have a post that was about the good things with having an ileostomy. I have one.... I find my self laughing at some of the noises my friend Ellie makes..I sit a think about what if there was no such thing as an ileostomy? Where would I be right now? Well if it wasnt for the discovery of this procedure many people would not be with their friends and family right now.. It may seam hard at times to have one but it can can bring many joys to a person if we just think about it....Anyway I hope  there will be many responses..
Each day is a gift from God!!!

vette guy
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   Posted 3/1/2007 1:00 AM (GMT -6)   
Puddnpie-18 years ago it took a failed suicide attempt after my surgery to completely agree with you. I was an emotional wreck after my ostomy. To think my son(2 years old at the time) almost grew up fatherless because of this ****ing thing. I thank God that  I got a second chance to view life with the right perspective. I didn't tell my wife about it until years later. Eventually my ostomy became "no big deal" to me. I'm actually getting misty eyed as I'm writing this because I can't believe my then insecurity about my ostomy almost changed the lives of the people I care about most. This surgery can be so cruel yet be a blessing with the right attitude. You got it right. Stay healthy!!!

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   Posted 3/1/2007 7:22 AM (GMT -6)   
Here's some Reasons Why It's Great To Have An Ostomy as contributed by various ostomates to my site.

You are alive and well
No more pain
No more diarrhoea
No more "special" diets
No more running to the toilet and hoping you make it on time!
No more medications
No one can call you "anal retentive"
You can't get hemmarrhoids
Filthy public toilets?? No problems - you don't have to sit on the seat to empty anyway!
You can say "yes, I have guts - I've seen them!"
You can make some great "net" friends via the ostomy message boards and newsgroups
You can't get constipated (although blockages are no fun!)
Sometimes you can see what you ate 4 or 5 hours beforehand (this is a good thing???)
You can freak your doctor out by drinking "Blue Bolt" Gatorade before a visit - try this one - it turns your poop bright green!
Or try eating or drinking something red, eg jelly - turns your poop red!
If there is suddenly a "certain" smell in the room, you can confidently say "It wasn't me!" (unless of course you have a leakage, even then try and put the blame on someone else.)
You can confuse people by telling them they're a pain in the "you-know-what" but at the same time point to your stomach region.
You can not only study your navel but you can study something else as well!
You now understand the jingle for the commercial that goes "I am stuck on glad lock bags and glad locks stuck on me!"
I am my own Science project.
With a large part of me gone, maybe when I die I will get a discount if I get cremated.
If you ever get pulled over by a cop just pull off your bag and scream. If that doesn't get you out of a speeding ticket I don't know what will.
You can buy cheap toilet paper and it won't matter.
When I diet I have less weight to lose than other people.
If I join the space program I will be way ahead of my class in the waste storage department.
I can truly say I know myself inside and out.
A pouched stoma is a nice hand warmer on a cold day.
If I am ever lost at sea I can fill my pouch up with air and use it as a flotation device.
When you tell people if you don't get to a bathroom right now you will explode, it is no joke.
You can be hired by a major movie studio as a sound effects advisor because as soon as my stoma starts making noises the dogs and the coyotes begin to howl
You use less toilet paper!
When you say you have to go to the 'library' you really mean it! No more sitting forever on a toilet.
That old insult "Your are full of s--t" is demonstrably untrue.
Never having to (or even being able to) have another colonoscopy or drink another gallon of Golytly!! Yeah!!
Not having to locate every bathroom along any walking course of more than 10 minutes.
No rectal exams or barium enemas (well they do enemas thru the stoma but that's nothing comparatively. :) And you don't have to drink as much yucky stuff cause it goes thru FAST.
When somebody calls you a butthole, you can call them a liar (and if it's somebody that knows why, they get really embarrassed).
No more Hemorrhoids!.
...or peri-rectal abscesses or fistulas or cancer.
I don't have an ileostomy, I have a "biomechanical multitasker".
Going to the bath room on a camping trip is not a problem any more!
Whenever I hear the saying "excuses are like buttholes, everybody has one" I can refute it.
It's great to have a urostomy because now I can finally pee standing up!
Good thing about having a colostomy is: not having to sit in the bathroom hours on end being bored outta your mind. And no more of that reading everything in site such as shampoo ingredients.
You can torture your family on a cold winter's day in Canada. While all of the windows are closed 'burp' your pouch.P.U.!
I have had an ileostomy for 31 years now due to UC.
Moderator of the Ostomy Forum
I'm not a complete idiot - some parts of me are missing!

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   Posted 3/5/2007 7:07 PM (GMT -6)   
that was funny

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Total Posts : 19
   Posted 3/27/2007 9:52 AM (GMT -6)   
no more pain and diarrhoea no more staying in doors ALL day, no more curling up in agony with a hot water bottle.
i know this sounds weird but i really love my new ileostomy, i can't explain how amazing it is! Before surgery the pain was sooooooooo bad i was on three opiate pain killers and high dose anti depressants to cope with the pain and humiliation of running to the loo, accidents, and bowel incontinence, i felt dirty all the time and i smelled really bad, my toilet was splattered hourly and my toilet walls and floor too. It made me feel like a freak. Now i'm pain free, can't tell you how good that feels. i'm not on ANY pain meds (cept paracetamol occasionally) no anti depressants any more and i'd been on them for nearly three years. I was using patches and gum to quit smoking and had been trying to quit on and off for a year or more, and now i've quit cold turkey (though still craving one so never say never! lol) and i was as thin as a person with anorexia in the end, and kept losing weight, (until they sorted out the recent problem with high output) but since then in just over two weeks i'v put on a stone already and back up to 8 /12 stone. - there is NO COMPARISON, ok i'v gt a weird attachment on my belly but so what, i've got a life to live and i can actually live it now! lol, know i'm weird but i'm so greatful to be here and out of pain Still finding it all new and strange but i'm getting there,
chip girl x

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Date Joined Mar 2007
Total Posts : 33
   Posted 3/27/2007 10:23 AM (GMT -6)   
Haha thats really good :)
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