I’m having my stoma /Ileostomy  surgery in a couple weeks and I’m a flight attendant.  For those of you who are flight crew, how long did you take off after having your bag placement? As flight attendants we have no options for light duty and have job requirements of bending, twisting and lifting 50 pounds.  And the routes I’m working give me very little time when I’m inner Island in Hawaii to have bathroom breaks.  Boarding  take longer than the actual flights themselves so it’s a constant run with 4-6legs that are 25 minutes in the air with a revised service.  I just found out a few days ago that I’m having the bag placed and I’m feeling very overwhelmed since this was never on my radar for treatment of my Crohn’s.  It’s a lot to wrap my head around.  I have scoured the web and there is zero resources for flight crews with any style of bag and working our unique jobs with them. It’s not permanent they’re hoping the Remicade will heal the damage in 3 to 6 months and then I have to go in for reversal surgery.  So I am trying to decide if I should just go on medical leave for six months.  I guess it depends on how long the healing process is that I can go back to full duty’s After each surgery?..

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