I think we're all (healthy or not healthy) quite attuned to the smell of what comes out. You immediately know if something's not quite right. But it does show the disease progression and stage that you're in. From normal smelling, to ammonia or burnt (not sure what would cause these), to overwhelmingly horrid (bacteria imbalance, c-diff) to putrid, foul or putrified (when things are really, really bad). When I was at my worst point just before my first trip to the hospital - stools (or more so whatever it was that came came out) was disgusting, bloody, grey, foul smelling, frothy. It was quite a painful and bad time for me. Infection had penetrated all layers of my colon.
So as terrible a topic it is to talk about
- I had a conversation a while ago with a younger guy that had just been diagnosed - I asked him straight up how his poo looked and smelled and instead of being disgusted he reacted right away saying how horrid and disgusting it was and how he was a little relieved to know that it wasn't just him.
It good to talk about
the things most don't want to and get it out into the
Also it might help newer people realize when they are really in trouble - or crossing the threshold of needing to get to the GI or something perhaps.
Post Edited (Canada Mark) : 3/29/2013 7:39:01 PM (GMT-6)