What I feared has come to pass ... or rather 'not' pass. Was on steroids, opiates, & antibiotics for pleurisy & pneumonia. Was eating anything that didn't have feet. Was afraid that things might back up & it seems that they have. I have a 3 month old (emergency - if that matters) colostomy that has blessedly given me no problems (aside from being a rather deep innie - retracted?) until today.
I am currently sitting here in the raw shall we say. I'm covered, but I removed my appliance this afternoon in hopes that perhaps it was holding things back. Besides, it hurt. The area around my stoma looks like a volcano about to blow (Please blow!). It's slightly red (which could just be from me constantly splinting), no heat coming from it, but it feels as if someone punched me & left a bad bruise. Aside from being a little nervous about the outcome, I feel just fine ... no fever, no nausea, no cramps. Aside from the swelling & resultant discomfort, I'm A-OK. It's not unusual for me to go 24 to 36 hours without a movement & it's probably about 24 hrs since my last BM (do we call it that anymore?). Were it not for the swelling & pain, coupled with the binding medications, I'd probably just wait and see. I'm also on pain meds which could mean that it's worse than I think/feel. But it IS swollen, & it DOES hurt so ....
How can I get things moving? What do you guys do in similar circumstances? I drank a little apple juice before. That's usually enough to move me from the inside, but I don't want to build up enough internal pressure to kill the dog if it blows! I also don't want this thing turning into a bowling ball & then try to get out.
I'm gonna go read what you folks have written in past posts, but I sure would appreciate any advice or suggestions you might have. Short of going to the emergency room, I have no resources except for right here, so all my kidding aside ... Help please?
Love, hugs 'n prayers,