Dont panic. There is a lot of info on the internet. Type in bladder and bowel foundation. Ring colostomy assoc. Having a stoma is no big deal. It may be temporary for three months to let the intestines heal and will be reversed.

I have opted for an ileostomy for incontinence. It will at least give me control over the toilet visits and I can ditch the nappies! Be brave, you will be fine.

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  • Thank you, x

  • Just about to have the reversal procedure . Things I wish I had been told ?

    That you can bath and shower totally easily as the bag and surrounding fixture is totally waterproof . That don't squeeze all the air out of bag after emptying other rise you will 'pancake ' ( snail seepage around where bag sits ( I have two piece bag) . Insist on getting right bag asap . Don't be patient just keep asking for help . . Don't come out too early . I did just to get a good nights sleep but ended up going back in the next day as I just wasn't able to manage stoma bag .. Eventually found the right one !

    Write things down . I was told too much the next day and I was still groggy after surgery and made bad mistakes .. Using baby wipes instead of just water on my stoma . Look at your stoma ! Don't be frightened of it . It's just you . You cant get germs .. It's your own germs already . Eat early otherwise your ' producing 'all night ! slowly introduce all foods .im eating everything now ! Much nicer than the bland low residue diet . If it gets to explosive have some mash potatoes or apple sauce or peanut butter to thicken . Much better than Imodium . if you gee to have a low residue breakfast . Don't be frightened to introduce new foods . Drink plenty of water .. Hot or cold with lemon. Seems to work for me ... Had no acid at all . Hope this helps ?

  • Question: I've always used the flushable wipes to clean the area especially when I'm at work or in public and not having a rag and water available. Why do you say not to use them?

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