End ileostomy reversal/home from hospital
I am home now after having a reversal of last year’s operation to remove two cancers of the large colon (sub-total colectomy leaving 10cm of rectum, resulting in an end ileostomy and stoma bag).
Thankfully there were no major complications but I did have bleeding from the rectum for about 3 days which was alarming but did resolve itself. As a consequence I was in hospital a little longer whilst they monitored it - 8 days - but have been home for a week now.
The operation was bigger than I expected.I was without food for four days - I was on a drip instead - with a catheter, stomach drain, and drain from the small colon/rectum join. It feels like its going to take a bit longer to recover this time but maybe I’m forgetting just what it took last year after the first op!
I’m feeling ok, tired, a sore tummy particularly around the groin area (which paracetamol only just takes the edge off) with 3 wound areas - vertical incision as it was open surgery, stoma site and drain site. I’m not moving very far from bed and home yet but eating and sleeping ok. In hospital I was going to the loo frequently, about every two hours day and night time but this has slowed to about 5 - 8 times a day with just once at night. I’ve been constipated for the last week, passing small hard stools but this seems to be changing now into something looser.
I was expecting a lot of diarrhoea and bought loads of incontinence pads and pants in anticipation but haven’t needed them yet - I understand that this can change quickly though so will see how that goes. Fingers crossed!
Food-wise, I kept to a soft and bland diet in hospital but at home I've kept to the low fibre diet I was on before although I’ve added in some things to help with the constipation. I can see that it might be a case of adjusting things by the day. I haven’t taken Loperamide yet as I want to see what my natural pattern turns out to be and for now it’s not a problem.
A wonderful piece of advice from Kareno62 was to have a bathroom grab bag for hospital - wipes, sudocrem, pants, etc - which was so useful. Also the sphincter exercises! Thanks for all your advice and support before the op, it was so helpful and got me through it all. Still feels early days and lovely to be out of hospital and home - onward and upward!