Dr Rolando Rolandelli did my operation at Morristown Medical Center in Morristown, New Jersey. After I was discharged I had a temporary drainage bag for a couple of weeks. I went back to Dr a couple weeks later for him to remove that so I suppose I was out of work for I guess about 2 months. I then had limited duties/hours for a few weeks. That was in 2011 so I suppose I was back full time in about 3 months (that is if my memory is working). But everyone heals differently and I was older when all this happened. I wasn't in the best of health to begin with.
After the Dr removed the drainage bag, he said I should have a lots of milkshakes to put the weight back on (I was 80 lbs). So at that time I was able to eat normally and I do remember that I was told to chew the food thoroughly. I've had a couple of occasions where things like corn blocked the catheter. After I removed the blockage and reinserted the catheter, things went smoothly after that. So I try to stay away from things I think might block the catheter (or anything else). I was given an after care document with instructions on care of catheter, foods to avoid, and general information.
I use a disposable enema bottle to flush out the K pouch and then rinse out the catheter. They are more readily available and I think cheaper than 60 cc syringes. (I could get one at the dollar tree. And got two on sale cheaper that that at the supermarket.) Then I could clean the catheter better when I got home. I think a bottle would cause less attention than a 60 cc syringe. On one occasion I had 2 enema bottles that I filled at the sink. That caused a few more glances. I suppose I have to find a bottle that does not say enema on it.
I'm so sorry that people yelled at you . I'm surprised that they even had a clue what was going on .
If you would like the after care document I have, I can send it to you. PM me if you'd like to glance over it or want it. The best of luck to you. Have a beautiful day.