Soooo.... Sorry for the TMI, right up front!
I have had a small sore spot just to the side of my stoma for the past couple of weeks; I thought it was an infected stitch, as it followed the same pattern of every one of those I've ever had. About a week ago, the area became very red and inflamed. The next day there was a small bubble of pus which emptied when I cleansed the area. The pain, redness, and itchy feeling I had immediately disappeared. The spot is still there, still draining tiny amounts of stuff each day, but growing smaller and not sore at all. So far, so good.
Now the weird stuff: Monday evening while cooking supper I began to feel sick to my stomach. After putting supper on the table and being nauseated by the smell, I retreated to my bedroom to lie down. This was at 6 pm. I woke up at 8 am the next morning, have slept that whole length of time! Let me tell you, I felt great that day.
On Tuesday (today is Friday) when I changed my bag I felt a rush of warmth and expected to see a bit of a normal poo spurt. Instead, I found yellowish-white clumpy stuff. Kind of like pus, kind of like mucus. No pain or anything, and I assumed it was some weird mucus from my pouch.
This morning, again while changing, I had the same sort of discharge, except this time I saw where it came from: right up underneath my stoma is an open line, like a little smile actually. No pain, but when I gently pressed around the area, more of that discharge came out. And a horrible smell! Definitely pus this time. I cleaned everything the best I could and made a mental note to phone the stoma nurse.
Just now I went to the bathroom and passed what I thought was mucus anally, until the smell hit me -- you guessed it. More of that pus discharge!
I've never had something like this before. I don't think it is an infected stitch! Still no pain -- no fever, no symptoms at all except what I've described above. I can't get in to see the stoma nurse until Tuesday unless it is an emergency, which so far I don't see this being.
Has anyone had anything like this happen before? Could it be some sort of weird abcess? Should I try to get in earlier to be seen?