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Thread: To colostomy or not to colostomy, that is the question.

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    Hi there - I have a colostomy for 11 years and am a male with hair (I wish it would stay on the top of my head- but I digress). The hair around the stoma isn't a problem, once every week or so I use a razor and shave the hair around the stoma (thank goodness for safety razors, right?) and that works. The appliances are so good nowadays , it there is some hair, it still sticks well. But by shaving, the appliances stick better. So hair is not a problem.

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    I am not saying yes or no. I just had a million other problems. The BAG though, was positioned slightly over hip bone. I guess lying on back in hospital it was fine but upright and movement of hip bone that was continually a mess. My bowels actually do work fine with how it is now. I not an expert, but I guess how much a person weighs and body structure could impact.
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    Thx again for the support and input! I'm schedualed for April 29th! I'm nervous but excited to get my life back.

    Is there anything I should be prepared for? Are there certain products that are better than others? Maybe I'll look around n start a new thread.
    C5/6 since Feb '07

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    Be prepared for LOTS of loud gas in the beginning (1-2 months). I started taking Devrom and irrigating an haven't had any problem with gas since. Control your diet, keep a log, stay curious on the UOAA for and ask lots questions here. I have a very helpful Ostomy booklet that I can email you if you like. PM me your email address if you would like a copy.
    DFW TEXAS- T-10 since March 20th, 1994

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    you should get urological consultion. You should one anyway if you have had symptoms, diagnostician to develop etc.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SCI-Nurse View Post
    you should get urological consultion. You should one anyway if you have had symptoms, diagnostician to develop etc.
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    huh?? I think theres a typo..
    C5/6 since Feb '07

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    C7, 24yrs post sci

    Colostomate, 19 yrs

    No regrets

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    To colostomy or not to colostomy, that is the question:
    Whether 'tis Nobler in the mind to suffer
    The drips and blocks of outrageous bowels,
    Or to take a tube against a Sea of troubles,
    And by opposing end them: to bag, to leak
    No more: and by a tube, to say we end
    The Heart-ache, and the thousand Natural shocks

    That Flesh is heir to? 'Tis a consummation

    Devoutly to be wished.
    Played with bombs- No SCI, Brain Damage enough that I require a chair and a caregiver.

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    Quote Originally Posted by IsMaisin View Post
    To colostomy or not to colostomy, that is the question:
    Whether 'tis Nobler in the mind to suffer
    The drips and blocks of outrageous bowels,
    Or to take a tube against a Sea of troubles,
    And by opposing end them: to bag, to leak
    No more: and by a tube, to say we end
    The Heart-ache, and the thousand Natural shocks

    That Flesh is heir to? 'Tis a consummation

    Devoutly to be wished.
    Bravo! Now I just have to decipher it..
    C5/6 since Feb '07

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    I have had one for almost 3 years. It was the single best thing I have done since my injury. I wish that they had just done the surgery along with my spinal surgery. I think that everyone should wake up from having spinal surgery having a colostomy already done as well.

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