I've been away from making updates over the past few months, even when it wasn't going all that hot. Save the three random episodes of "blockages", hospitalizations, and NG tubes back in late August and September, things have been well. I've been putting on weight, golfed several times, and work too many damn hours.
It was a long haul after the surgery in May, especially getting strength back. Having the ostomy is not that invasive to my well-being or things I want to do. Pants are tough to find to fit, especially when you have no butt to fill them, but if that's all I have to worry about, I'll take it. Two leaks back in August and one last week, but all near home and typically after eating bananas and rice (go figure). Once you get into a routine, you just do it and don't really think about it. It doesn't really affect my mental state and it's much like showering: You don't really think about it. (And if it's all over the place, you laugh it up, clean it up and wash your hands!)
There has been some minor erosion around the stoma and it doesn't protrude as much as I would like, thus the more frequent changings. It's unlikely I'll have it addressed anytime soon, if ever, if it continues to be minor. I can live a lifetime like this, so let's hope it continues that way. That, and my surgeon is tired of seeing me: Our twelve weeks apart will be the longest ever and I'm sure we won't be missing each other when we do convene again.
I may go back and fill in some of the prior months dealings, especially with the admissions to the hospital. Otherwise, this little journey may stay in our rearview mirror. I still receive updates, so feel free to contact me with any questions or updates or what's new in comments or email.
Happy holidays to all of you and your families. These are the times we live for - enjoy them, for they are far too infrequent and fleeting.
5 years ago