This week I am asking my fellow ostomates, is your ostomy temporary or permenant? (Video is here).
My ostomy is slightly complicated. Technically it is temporary because they left parts of my colon in there, ready to be connected, but to just let them rest for a while and recover from the extent of the damage caused by my Crohn’s Disease. However, due to all the complications that I had with a long surgery, the “pointy-down” stoma, the abscess and everything that I had, they said any further surgery could be problematic unless completely necessary. Which was fine by me, because the last thing I want now is any further surgery. I still sometimes consider getting my midline scar revised, but as it’s something cosmetic rather than life-saving, I weighed up the options and decided against it. I asked my surgeon if there’d be any problems further down the line if I kept everything just as it is, and she said that I could even live in to my old age exactly the same as I am now with no problems. So, I guess we’ll have to see.
So how about you? Do you have a temporary ostomy? If so, how long are you expected to have it for? Do you think you’ll miss it when you get it reversed, or will you be happy once it’s been reversed? Or, if it’s permenant, how do you feel about it? Share your story, whether it’s on YouTube, or twitter, or Instagram, or just on your blog, and remember to use the tag #myostomystory.