I was so hopeful yesterday that things would start to kick into action and the log jam would start to clear but the day progressed and there was very little action. I knew that if things started to move I’d have a good chance of being discharged as soon as I saw a doctor. 

With 5 days worth of food inside me I was feeling rather bloated to a point where it was uncomfortable. Abdominal pains that I had also been experiencing was getting worse as the evening progressed. I was heading for another rough night. 

Late into the evening there was a tiny bit of movement with the stoma and throughout the night some more poop came out but based on its consistency and how it was leaving the stoma I was clearly constipated.

Throughout the night I had developed a high temperature and it wasn’t known whether it was related to the surgery.  The temperature continued into the today so my specialist suggested keeping me in an extra night for observations and to try and determine its cause. 

If the temperature doesn’t appear to be related then I’ll be able to go home tomorrow. Besides the temperature, the specialist is happy with how everything is healing and the pains I’ve been experiencing, including the burning abdominal pain is to be expected.

Stoma Training

The small dark patch is the sum total of 5 days worth of bowel movements.

It’s been a pleasant surprise how easy it is to change the stoma and it’s very quick to do. The stoma itself doesn’t look pleasant and I was concerned I’d be a little squeamish but the fact that you can’t feel it really helps.

Steven Watch

Steven has been visiting frequently throughout the day and has even timed his visits to coincide with meal times. He’s even started to bring a friend with him. 

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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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