By now I should be at home recovering but I’m not, I’m still stuck in hospital.

The Good News

The stoma is working well, the pain is gradually subsiding and the wounds are healing. I’ve been trained how to change the colostomy bags and based on my good mobility, the physio team has signed me off. 

The Bad News

About five days after the operation I started to develop a high temperature so a series of tests were carried out including blood test, blood cultures, urine tests and a CT scan. The CT scan wasn’t the best based on the amount of inflammation that was present but what it did reveal was some fluid around the pelvis. Whilst surgical intervention wasn’t required, it was the most likely source of the temperature. Four days after the first high temperature I’m still getting temperatures as high as 39C.

Different types of antibiotics haven’t worked yet so it’s time to bring out the big guns and attack the problem with even stronger antibiotics. Hopefully they’ll do the trick and if they do I’m still looking at spending a few more days here. If they don’t work, I’m not sure what’s next.

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Diagnosed with IBD in 2002, I have experienced the usual ups and downs of having a chronic disease and tried numerous medications but the time finally came in 2018 to elect to have surgery to improve my life. I had the surgery in 2019 and this is my journey having a 'New Bum'.

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