This was my first obstruction that was not post operative adhesion related so I was shocked but not scared.
I massaged the area. Drank hot tea. Prayed. Cried. Moaned. Then crawled to the phone, went to the pantry, grabbed a big syringe that is really used for cake decorating, a plastic cup, and crawled to the bathroom. Then I called a friend to come over in case I had to go to the ER.
I called my GI and we made an ER plan if what I was about to do didn't work. I ran the shower. Pulled off the pouch. Filled the cup with warm water. Performed a stomal enema. I applied a little too much pressure and WOW WEE did it hurt. I almost passed out.
I just wanted to try to do this at home. I knew the chances of it clearing up before I got to the ER was pretty high so what's the point of suffering in that waiting room?
Sure enough about an hour later the pressure subsided and there was a very slow gradual output.
I followed up today. They said it was ok to do some irrigation but it only reaches about 5 inches in. Good to know.
Dr. recommended using a real enema (not the cake decorator) and allowing gravity to flow the water in rather than applying pressure. I recommend warming it up first.
It was a pretty traumatic episode. I didn't care for it at all!
So I recommend keeping a stock of one or two bottles in supply box. The cake decorator syringe worked but now I lost one of my fave kitchen gadgets!