Doing Well but had a Scare

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walking scared
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Date Joined Jun 2006
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   Posted 7/22/2007 4:44 PM (GMT -6)   
 Hi everyone,  I have passed my one year mark of my colostomy.It was one year the 9th of this past June.It has been a long hard struggle,but I made it.I really hope that the rest of my life with my colostomy with be smooth sailing.All thougth I did scare myself the other day.I had to shower with my bag on,because I was going to much to shower with it off like I usually do.So anyway,after my shower,I took a white wash cloth and started cleaning around my stoma like I some times do,and I guess I scrubbed a little to hard,only because it really itched really bad,well,anyway,I happened to noticed that there was blood everywhere.So I stopped,started to panic for a second,and then turned on the cold water and started applying cold paper towels to my stoma,until it stopped bleeding,then I continued to clean up myself again.I waited a few minutes before I started putting all of the good stuff back over my stoma.I was so scared all day long that I had damaged it in some way.I checked it that evening before I went to bed.There was some red stringing mucus around the outer part of the stoma.I have always used Q-Tips to clean my stoma with.Everything is fine now,but I will never do that trick again.I will find some other way to scratch the surface that itches.That was one scary experience that I never ever want to go through again.The was the way I started out year number two.I guess it could of been worse. yeah    It was a fast year.I also have ventured to the pool this summer with my grand kids.I have been to the pool five times.We have had a blast.I have even got into the water and eveything went well.I just had to watch for that air bubble and the ball in the front.I had one each,but just wrapped a towel around myself and went into the ladies stall and did my thing,and came back out and continued on having fun.Last summer I stayed away from the pools,but no more.I have a one piece stretch black bathing suite,with large flowers in the back ground,so it does not really show the stoma ring.I hope to be able to go a couple of more times before the season is over.
I hope no one else out there has ever done the trick that I did the other I said it scared me like there was no tomorrow.I thought I would never get it to stop bleeding.
Well,thank you for listening,I try to get on once in a while,but I really don't always have that much to say,but I love to read what others have to say.A lot of you have some interestering things to say.
                                                 Take Care
                                                     Walking Scared

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Date Joined Feb 2003
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   Posted 7/23/2007 4:53 AM (GMT -6)   
Hey Walking Scared

Good to hear from you again. You sound so much more confident than this time last year :) Keep it up! An ostomy is scarey at first but, like you, most find the benefits are oh so good and make it all worthwhile in the end.

I have had an ileostomy for 31 years now due to UC.
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Date Joined Jul 2007
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   Posted 7/23/2007 6:14 AM (GMT -6)   
Walking Scared ~ Congratulations on getting through your first year! Sound like you're doing great!

Sometimes the area around my stoma also bleeds when I itch it. I always thought that was normal, but you can check with your doctor to make sure. Mine always stops bleeding after a few seconds. Plus, it feels SOOO good to scratch that I just can't give that up :) I try not to scratch too hard or too close to the stoma.

That's great that you've been enjoying some fun pool time with your grandkids! The first time I went in a pool, I thought that the adhesive on the wafer would definitely peel off, but it didn't! Now I swim all the time and even go to water parks without any worries. I also have a one-piece bathing suit with a skirt, and it hides everything really well.

I think your new screen name for year two should be Walking Tall :)

Dx'd w/ Crohn's in '99 at age 28. Proctocolectomy and ileostomy in '06.
Pain-free, med-free, and very thankful to be healthy again :)

walking scared
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Date Joined Jun 2006
Total Posts : 13
   Posted 7/24/2007 8:04 PM (GMT -6)   

 Thanks Shaz,

   It was good hearing from you again.It has been a fast long hard years in many ways.I have learned a lot from many different poeple off of your Internet Sites.So many people have put out so many good tips. You have a good memory to remember me from a year ago with all of the other people that you have to deal with.It was really good to hear from you.I am still experimenting with different things but they are just try outs.I have the basics down pat know.

                                                   Once again thanks for everything

                                                           Walking Scared

walking scared
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Date Joined Jun 2006
Total Posts : 13
   Posted 7/24/2007 8:30 PM (GMT -6)   


  Thank you for the compliment on my first year.It sure was a long hard year.So many things went wrong,and there was so much to learn.I learned a lot from people off of Shaz Internet Site and my Stoma Nurse.I was very lucky and got a great Stoma Nurse.She is always there when I need her Monday through Friday.

   My stoma always bleeds when I clean around it,and it stops after a few minutes.I will not start to put the flange or wafer on it until it does stop.But,the other day,I had myself scared to death.I had blood everywhere. I would love to know,why we itch under the sticky stuff,anyway.That is the only place that I itch and I have heard a lot of other  people say that they itch there as well.I always put a lot of Stoma Powder on the area and let it set for a few minutes before I brush it off really good.I thought that was supposed to stop the itch.I think I am going to try Gold Bond Powder,and see what it does.I have heard that it works as good if not better then stoma powder.

   Why should I change to walking tall?  Thanks, good talking to you. hope to talk to you again.

                                                 Walking Scared

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