A question. At a rough estimate, what is the average recovery time from having an ileostomy, regarding cooking, cleaning, driving etc. I have been doing really well with mine until today. I felt very healthy and so on. However I suspected I had a water infection, and sent a specimen off on Monday. I didnt get results until late friday, and subsequently inly started the antibiotics Saturday morning, by which time I think the infection must have been raging. I couldnt get out of bed, or even lift my head without feeling sick. My ostomy didnt work for about 10 hours, and I think I became a bit dehydrated although I sipped water all day, that was all I could tolerate. I hope I'm not like this tomorrow.