Category Archives: Complications

Stoma Stories, Episode 17: I Told You So

As predicted, the new ostomy appliance we decided to try to assist with the healing of the newly formed hole in my skin near my stoma failed.  I’m not sure when it started it leaking, though I suspect it was … Continue reading

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Forcing Normal

My home nurse visit yesterday was largely uneventful. Not surprisingly, she had no silver bullets for the issues I’ve been having with my stoma. We’re going to try a different size and style of appliance to see if it makes … Continue reading

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Tired

I realize this blog is starting to get a little depressing, but I write it as I live it. I’m tired. Tired, tired, tired. Tired of ostomy bag leaks. Tired of stinging/burning around my stoma. Tired of having a stoma. … Continue reading

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Happy Anniversary

Today is my sixth wedding anniversary. If it hasn’t been apparent from my posts so far, I COULD NOT do this without my wife. This is way more than she (or anyone) signed up for, and she’s been with me, … Continue reading

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More Drugs

We’re adding a second antibiotic—Flagyl—to the mix. Hopefully this will finally knock out this infection, fever, and related aches and pains.

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Keeping Perspective

This week has been tough. Probably the toughest since surgery. What should have been the week I returned to work and some sense of normalcy instead became the week I learned that there’s a leak in my J-Pouch, which will … Continue reading

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Back to the OR

I just heard back from my surgeon regarding our strategy for my J-Pouch leak. She wants to take a look in the OR at the end of the month to assess the healing progress and determine whether it requires stitches … Continue reading

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Same As It Ever Was

It’s been about 48 hours since I started my course of antibiotics to resolve an infectio—n caused by a leak in my J-Pouch (allowing the leak to heal). My fever’s gone. But the new and difficult-to-describe internal pressure/pain is unchanged. … Continue reading

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A Leak to Delay Surgery

Seven hours later and I’m back from the hospital. The second CT went fine (other than the oral contrast, which tasted terrible, and the 45-minute wait for it to work its way through my system sitting and pacing the waiting … Continue reading

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You can’t say I didn’t try.

I made it back to the office this morning, rocking suspenders (belts don’t work very well with my ostomy appliance). Just as I was settling in, my surgeon’s office emailed saying they want me to come in today for another … Continue reading

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