Archive | August, 2011

Just over 3 weeks post-surgery

31 Aug

3 weeks after surgery it was yesterday, and I’m feeling gradually stronger both physically and mentally. I have my down days but as I was told by one of my great osto-mates, the recovery process is very much 2 steps forward and 1 step back. It’s a huge learning curve learning to live with a permanent ileostomy or temporary ileostomy, it’s such a huge change so it’s natural to experience a few hiccups along the way as I have done. I had an issue at the weekend where I was quite poorly and didn’t feel 100% for a few days due to either over-eating, mixing the wrong foods or something not agreeing with me I think and keep having issues getting the consistency of my stoma output to be how it should be. I just keep reminding myself to take it steady and that I’m only 3 weeks post-op! Otherwise I get really disheartened and become an emotional wreck and stress myself out which in turn makes me ill in the stomach. So I’m trying not to worry. Staying positive and taking each day as it comes 🙂

Keep getting the ‘phantom rectum’ thing which is getting annoying, but hopefully it’ll settle down as time goes by.

Hope everyone is taking care and doing okay 🙂

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Your bag and the beach!

27 Aug

I was on some ileostomy forums today &, each to their own and I don’t mean to offend, so please don’t take my post the wrong way, but people were talking about how they could best cover up their scars and their stoma bag when at the beach…My question: Why?!

I can understand that pretty much nobody is 100% happy with their body. I’m not 100% happy with mine, but I embrace it for what it is, especially my 6-inch belly scar and stoma and stoma bag. It’s not something to be ashamed of at all, it’s our ‘battle scars’/’victory scars’/whatever you wish to call them! They show what we have gone through and show our courage and determination! 🙂 show them off, that doesn’t mean hold your
t-shirt up and go parading about deliberately drawing attention of course, but in fact even if you had your belly on show with a shorter t-shirt so what! Nothing to be ashamed of in the slightest 🙂

I can also understand that women may be reluctant to wear bikinis (or men if that’s your thing!) because of fear of people passing negative comments. My answer to that: they’re naive, ungrateful, ignorant and don’t even deserve your time of day! You’re above them! Smile and show them you are proud of your body! 🙂

Every body will have something on their body they aren’t keen on, for example, a bit of belly fat or they might feel too skinny, they might not like their thighs or their chest or their hips or whatever, but we are all individuals and nobody is perfect, even people who live off plastic surgery when it’s not needed to try and perfect themselves.

Love and look after your body & embrace it for what it is 🙂 Do not be afraid of people seeing your ostomy scar/s and bag 🙂 It’s something to be so proud of, and be proud of yourself! Remember, your ostomy gave you your quality of life, it freed you of horrendous pain, took away your nearly constant sickness, gave you your appetite, freed up your time instead of you being creased over the toilet in agony with diarrhoea or constipation and made you into the strong person you are today! 🙂

Be proud ostomates, I sure am of myself & Stacey my life-saver 🙂

Take care everyone & enjoy your bank holiday weekend 🙂 😀

Stitches out!

25 Aug

So I’ve been to the hospital today to see my stoma nurse and my ‘barbie butt’ and stoma stitches are out! It was uncomfortable but not half as bad as I thought it would be and my stoma nurse is absolutely fantastic! 🙂

She is really pleased with my progress and I’m so pleased and proud of myself 🙂

I feel so much more comfy now they are out! Woop!

I’m going to be a person who offers support to those who are set to have ostomy surgery, my stoma nurse asked me, I am really chuffed as I would love to help those in a similar situation to the one I was in. I am very positive about my stoma, I don’t see it as a hindrance at all and embrace it as much as I can, as I am a million times better now than I have ever been.

I’m getting good with my scar update pictures now! Here’s another one of part of my belly scar, this time 2 weeks and 2 days post-surgery, I’m so pleased with how it is healing & it is starting to change colour now:

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Keep smiling ostomates & everyone! 🙂

Happy Birthday…

23 Aug

And a big Happy Birthday to my beautiful Mum! ❤

Yummy takeaway tonight! And my boyfriend is travelling back up the country to see me for a week, yay! 🙂 ❤

First trip into town with Stacey

23 Aug

So my first trip into town wasn’t too much of a success, but considering it was less than 2 weeks after my surgery i think it was pretty brave of me!

By the time Mum and I had walked from the car and half way around the first shop out of three we went in my stomach wound was pulling and hurting and all my bruised hips and abdominal area were really feeling the strain. I battled on, hobbling along, then in the third shop I had a panic attack and started to cry! 😦 my Mum took me to the cafe next door and bought me a nice cool glass of milk and some biscuits and sat and calmed me down before taking me home in the car. I couldn’t have done it without her. I’ve spent all my time in bed since I got back resting up as it really took it out of me but I’m not letting the negative experience set me back, I’m proud of my efforts 🙂 I just have learnt that it really needs to be one small step at a time! I’m just so eager to do so many things now I’m getting my life back that I didn’t have for 13 years, but I’d give everyone recovering from any sort of surgery this tip:
Listen to your body.
🙂

I’m dressed!

22 Aug

So I’ve managed to dress myself from my pyjamas into my nice maxi dress, that’s progress! First time I’ve properly been out of my pyjamas since the op just under 2 weeks ago 🙂 I’ve even done my hair & put a bit of mascara on, aren’t I good?! Haha!

It’s Mum’s birthday tomorrow & she’s driving us into town soon, hopefully I can manage a few shops so I can sneakily buy her a card then I’ll head back to the car, don’t want to overdo it! But I’m quite excited about my first proper trip out dressed, I just have to take it steady and not overdo it 🙂

I shall post later with how I get on!

Stacey’s output is a lot better now & its becoming more part of my routine each day to the point where I don’t really have to think about it 🙂 My stoma nurse rang this morning, she is very pleased with my progress and will hopefully be taking my stitches out for me on Thursday afternoon 🙂

I’ll post later! 🙂

Output

21 Aug

So today has been a lot better for Stacey output wise so far 🙂 let’s hope it stays that way!

So tired today so spent most of it sleeping and in bed but had a friend visit this morning which was nice 🙂 and I now find myself watching yet another cooking program! :p As if I wasn’t hungry enough! But I aren’t complaining 🙂 hehe!

Plans for tonight? Just chill and eat! :p

Plans for the week? Get more efficient at the whole cleaning routine; shower, cleaning Stacey and changing my bag and I might manage to get dressed every day 🙂 Sounds ridiculous but every thing is so tiring in the recovery after a major operation… It really does have to be one little step at a time. I don’t want to overdo it and put myself back in my progress either so I will embrace what I can sensibly 🙂

Hope everybody has had a good weekend! 🙂

Mum’s Birthday on Tuesday and the arrival of our new classic car 🙂