I went into town last night to meet my best friend and her boyfriend for a few drinks and have a good catch up! Was a really good night, filled with lots of laughs and yummy drinks! I’ve had a few nights out since my operation from about 2 months and a few weeks since my operation, but the first time I went out I stayed out for about an hour and didn’t drink any alcohol, as it was really tiring and my scars started to hurt on my tummy and bum!
Then the past few times I’ve been out (just before 3 months and just over 3 months), I have stayed out until around midnight, much improvement on the first time!
With alcohol, from my own experience so far and from talking to people with ostomies (especially colo and ileo) I have found that alcohol and fizzy drinks affect one person different to another, just like food and drink with Inflammatory Bowel Disease, and that everybody’s stoma is different with it. Some people can’t manage drinking really fizzy drinks especially fizzy alcohol like beer as they find it gives them painful wind or doesn’t agree, where as others can manage it no problem. I’m the same with fizzy drinks – Coca Cola I can’t really manage at present after surgery without it making me feel really windy and uncomfortable, yet I can manage Pepsi in smaller doses no problem such as a can with food. Alcohol wise, I tried Malibu & Coke, which didn’t agree to be honest, on two occasions. It made Stacey wriggle quite a lot and feel very uncomfortable a short while after. I have also had Smirnoff Ice, Red WKD and a tried a “Cheeky V” cocktail (Blue WKD and Port) and have had no problem with these so far apart from they make my output watery, as is the case with alcohol and most ostomates from those I have spoken to and what I have researched. I took some Loperamide before I went out last night and this really helped once the alcohol started coming through nearer to coming home quite frequently, I think Stacey really enjoyed the “Cheeky V” and Red WKD she wanted to taste it as quick as she could after I had drunk it….either that or she despised it and wanted rid! Haha!
Amount wise, same again, some ostomates can manage quite a bit to drink whereas others cannot manage a lot at all (like me! :D). It again depends on the individual and their circumstances before and after their surgery. I cannot drink a lot compared to some people I go out with, yet I can manage a lot for me if I compare it to before my surgery when I couldn’t even manage a few sips before getting an upset stomach and regretting it for days with my Crohn’s Disease. Considering I’m just over 3 months post-surgery, I think I’m doing really well to be able to drink 3/4 small bottles of mixed vodka drinks atm with some J2O drinks or squash a few times in the night too. I’m a lightweight, but it is funny and I enjoy being giggly and having a great night out, yet I can still remain in control of myself, and more in control in the sense that I don’t have to be running off to the toilet every 5 minutes or sat hunched over with stomach ache!
Hope everyone is doing well and have a great week!
I’m volunteering at Pre-School ALL DAY tomorrow, so that’ll be very tiring and interesting, but will let you all know how it goes!