Monthly Archives: October 2011

Stoma Stories, Episode 11: “It’s going to hurt for awhile.”

I was back at the colorectal surgery clinic this afternoon so they could take a look at the slow-healing incision around my stoma. The good news is there is no sign of infection and, after we cleaned it up, they were … Continue reading

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Stoma Stories, Episode 10: “It does look a bit … ugly …”

That was the response from my surgeon after seeing the picture of my stoma incision (link to graphic photo), which appears to have separated and is definitely having a difficult time healing. I’m heading into clinic this afternoon so they can … Continue reading

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Stoma Stories, Episode 9: Some Concerns (WARNING: GRAPHIC PHOTO)

Another smooth appliance change this morning. No signs of leakage. However, for the past couple days, I’ve been having pain on the right side of my stoma, where I had previously noted concern with the incision healing. Today, when I … Continue reading

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Stoma Stories, Episode 8: No Issues

I did my first solo stoma appliance change today (with the help of my wife, of course). We used the same strategy as we perfected for my first stoma, and everything went according to plan. No issues. No signs of … Continue reading

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Stats and Status: Post-Op Day 10

It’s hard to believe that it’s been 10 days since my emergency surgery (which resulted in a new diverting ileostomy). The whole thing still seems a little surreal. Surgeons, anesthesiologists, residents, and interns driving in from home to cut me … Continue reading

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Update: No Fever

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Flirting with Fever (or, Ugh)

I’ve been running a fever since about 1pm today. It’s bounced around between the mid-99s to low-101s, depending on the thermometer I use or particular time of day. I haven’t had a temperature since the day after my surgery, and … Continue reading

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How to be a Patient

After three extended hospital stays in four months, I thought it might be helpful to share a few things I’ve learned that I believe can make a hospital stay not only more comfortable, but more likely to result in a … Continue reading

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Deja Vu All Over Again

Although I’m definitely happy to be home, I’m less enthused about my current pain level. Perhaps unsurprisingly, much like after my first surgery in June, my lower back is killing me and my J-Pouch is cramping uncomfortably as it apparently … Continue reading

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Outta Here

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