Glad that you're getting better, with the exception of the irritated skin. My visiting nurses take my blood pressure at every visit. Paul, I'm surprised yours doesn't. What does your visiting nurse do then? My nurses help me change my bag; well mostly they just watch me change it b/c I tell them if I have to learn it, I need to do it myself. I just haven't gotten the hang of cutting the wafer just the right size. They also check my blood pressure and my temperature, and ask me how i'm feeling.
I had a follow up appointment with my surgeon and ostomy nurse this past tuesday and i asked them if it was normal for me to feel so exhausted and tired all the time; they said it was normal, when I actually was dehydrated. So when I saw my home nurse on Thursday, she took my blood pressure but couldn't even get a reading when I was standing up; that's how bad I was. Now I know better and will pay attention to the signs of dehydration: dizziness, shortness of breath, dry mouth, fatigue, etc. I mean when I walked three feet, I was out of breath.
Paul, keep us informed on your condition. I hope all goes well!