Yes, this is normal and as Quincy said it can be treated with UC meds. I think you should also query her surgeon and ask if he plans on a mucosectomy for the second surgery of if more of the rectal stump will be removed. Either of these scenarios will reduce continued problems after her ostomy is reveresed.
dx proctitis in 1987
dx UC in 1991, was stable until 1998
1998 started prednisone, asacol, pentasa, nortriptylene, ativan, 6MP, rowasa enemas and suppositories, hydrocortisone enemas, tried the SCD diet, being a vegetarian, omega 3s, flax, pranic healing, yoga, acupuncture, probiotics
2000 lost all my B-12 stores and became anemic
2001 opted for j-pouch surgery- now living life med-free