Osto-be or not to be? (…get it?!)
Well, yesterday I was so sure of my decision to request a permanent ileostomy… until I spoke to my surgeon. Heh.
After a nice long chat, we’ve decided to close the ileostomy and re-connect my small intestine to my colon, turning the mucous fistula that I have into a ‘proper colostomy’.
The reasons for this decision are:
– my ileostomy, as well as being wonky and short, was also telescopic. My surgeon said it was unlikely that all these problems could be fixed with a laproscopy, and would need to go in via the midline scar. Additionally, these problems could even reoccur further down the line.
– my remaining section of transverse & descending colon is healthy (it was even back in 2010, and this was still the case when I had the endoscopy through my stoma in 2013)
– considering my colon is healthy, it is likely that the use of the colon will help with hydration (as the colon is the part that absorbs water)
– management of a colostomy is considered easier – the bowel movements are less frequent and consistency is usually thicker
Most importantly though, the main reason for this method is that we keep as much bowel as we can whilst still dropping down to just one stoma. This means that, god forbid, if I have another Crohn’s flare-up in the future, there is more bowel to play with.
So long, Stan.
While I am sure this is the right decision, I am genuinely sad about losing my ileostomy. Despite it being all wonky and short and sore all the time, Stan was kinda cute. He was a very neat little stoma and, let’s not forget, he saved my life. But, sadly, he was not very happy and something needed to change. Instead of having a facelift, however, his time on my tummy is over.
Stan + Coleen 4EVA
Don’t worry – Stan isn’t being laid to rest, he’s just… leaving home. He’s heading off on a new adventure and (hopefully) making friends with my colon (not Colin, the other end of the colon… let’s call her Coleen). There, Stan and Coleen will unite, work hard together and maybe even grow old together. Awh. 🙂
(Jeez… this is the problem when I start naming things; I get emotionally attached to inanimate objects! God knows what I’ll be like when I finally get rid of my old Peugeot 206…)
Officially on the Waiting List
So I asked all my questions, I read all the risks, and I signed the consent form. I am officially on the waiting list for my colostomy surgery… and I’m excited!
It makes me feel better that he will be the one doing the ostomy surgery, as he seems like a good’un. He reckons it could be April by the time I’m scheduled in (god damn, it had better not be before the #GetYourBellyOut Birthday Ball on 9th April!)
I will, of course, keep you updated!