David W posted:
I was in a similar situation, and finally made the decision to have an ileostomy. It was the best decision I ever made. I love my ileostomy. I now have my life back. I can do everything I want, and I’m pain and hassle free.
I’m so sorry to hear your having these issues. Please consider having an ileostomy, and all of your issues will be over. Good luck.
Not to put you on the spot, but I would like ask a couple of things. You stated you have your life back. Do you ever go into public with no shirt on? Like the beach, water parks, or just outside in your own yard to mow? If I had to give these simple pleasures up, my life would be worse. The 3 months I went thru after the IPAA were a nightmare for me. Sleep was nonexistent due to positioning on my back only, The adhesion for the bag on my abdominal wall caused serious infections and left it in a constant raw state. I was very fortunate to be able to go on long term disability with no pay loss during that time, but if I had to live my life like this permanently I would become a hermit.