You sound just like me 2 months ago.
1. I have not changed my my clothes at all. With that being said, my pants are tighter on me now after the surgery because I have gained about
5 pounds and my waist now has a bag on it. There are pictures of me 2 and 3 weeks post surgery at photobucket.com. Look under the heading PHOTOBUCKET in this forum to locate the username and password.
2. Sex is still sore for me. I find it to be a little painful because I am still healing inside. I wear Hollister 2-pc appliance. When ever my hubby and I want some time to ourselves, I unclip my regular size bag and attach a mini bag. Then I put on my crotchless panties and tuck the bag under my pants. I keep my panties on the whole time. Also, I cut the middle part out of some of my regular but sexy panties to save money.
3. Emptying is very individual. I do not have Crohn's Disease. I have a slow motility disorder. My body and bag more slow and therefore, I do not have to empty that much.
4. I cannot answer this one. However, because I would like the option of having another baby in the future. My Dr assures me that I can!!
To be honest...I did NOT want a bag. I thought the stoma was the ugliest thing ever and the bag grossed me out! Now, 11 weeks later, I would not give up my bag! I still do not like having a bag somedays....like when I am on a run and my bag fills up and I am 3 miles from home. But, I can run again and that is all that matters to me!!
Good Luck to you!! I commend you for considering a bag..it is not an easy decision to make. However, once you have the bag, you will regret that you did not get it sooner. :o)
Revised Coletomy/ Reset Anastimosis 2006
Revised Colectomy/ Obstructions 2005
Sub-total Colectomy 2001
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