On Wednesday i will do a bowel prep for my scheduled colostomy takedown/reversal surgery on Thursday, 8/30. While I knew my ostomy would probably be temporary, I have been so focused on learning to master my wafers, bags (pouches!!!) et al, for the last three months, and get back to living normally, bag and all, the summer has flown by. I can hardly believe this time has come. I feel strong and healthy again for the most part, but know that this surgery, like the last one, is major and I will be back on the sofa for several weeks. I know I will hurt and I know there is always risk with this type of surgery, although slight. So while on the one hand I am elated at the prospect of a good outcome, I am admittedly stressed at times.
Dollyme, I will be doing the prep just with drainable bags. I just read your recent post about the copious amount of poo that went through an irrigation sleeve when you did the same... Now I wish I had ordered one! Oh well, this might make for a good story.... Stay tuned!
Most importantly, THANK YOU EVERYONE who have been so supportive and genuinely caring on this site. I have learned so much through this experience. More than just the mechanics of applying and dealing with the "hardware" and the rough spots associated with that along the way, I have been humbled by the genuine outpouring of love and care shown to anyone who is hurting, angry, or in need. The strength exhibited by so many who have had so much more to deal with is amazing. Add to that, the wonderful humor that somehow simmers to the top of the most sordid situations certainly helps to put our stomal-life in perspective.
I will let you know how things go. Cindy