On 09/20/2005, I had a subtotal colostomy with two port holes on each side of my hips and an ostomy bag. Let me tell you I had serious complications after my 9 1/2 hr surgery; by midnight when my husband and daughter left me; I was in dire trouble. I needed a blood transfusion ASAP. I had no one with me except a very passionate young female nurse, who knew my case and a Physician's Assistant telling me if I don't get the transfusion, I would die that night. While in massive pain and had morphine pump I called my husband to return with my daughter, because I felt I would die. He said let them do the blood transfusion and we will see you in the morning. Around 1:30 a.m. the blood transfusion was done. By 6:30 a.m. I was filling up with blood internally, blood clots growing as fast as the interns and residents were talking, nothing was done until my surgeon came into the room and said I want blood work STAT. Next thing I know I looked like a sumo wrestler, couldnot see the whites of my eyes, I was feeling up with blood so fast that God was right in front of me with the door wide open and the bright light to follow him. I was rushed to surgery ASAP and cut open from my chest down to my belly button. The scar resembles a snake with a head. The blood clots gathered around my kidneys in which I had four more blood transfusions and another 7 1/2 hr surgery. I knew if I survived I would have a long road ahead of me to recover. I had the ostomy bag along with a TPN system for three months and it was horrible. I did everything myself along with a weekly visit from the home VNAs to check for any infections and change my bandages. Everything I ate filled my ostomy bag faster than you could shake a stick so to say. There were a list of foods that were not recommended to eat during that time frame, but drink plenty of protein drinks, water, gatorade, etc. When they reversed my ostomy and removed my TPN system on 12/20/05, the rest of my life was up to me. Watch what I ate, experimenting with foods that bothered my small intestine while the small intestine was still learning how to take over the duty and responsibilities of the removed large intestine. Certain foods made me stay close to the bathroom such as chinese, mexican, fried, dairy products, etc. As time went on they no longer effected my body as they did before. A year and a half later, I still experience no warnings when I have to go to the bathroom. Even if I try to pass gas, watch out, and be close to a bathroom. If I know I have to be somewhere for a long period of time, I just don't eat until I return home.To answer your question, I used to go to the bathroom 10 to 20 times a day. I took Lomotil a few times a day and it slowed it down. I also watched what I ate. Now I am lucky to go 2 - 3 times a day depending on what I eat. But I feel 100 percent better than I did before the surgeries. I might get tired faster, but it was well work every ounce of pain and suffering. Good Luck to you and stay positive.