| Dlynn wrote:
I am replying to the message you sent me about irrigation and the colostomy. I am very curious to see what you mean about that letter as I have stated I am new to this Ostomy world and I would love to figure out the irrigation thing so as to not have to wear a bag all day and control it . Can you please give me more information or instructions on how to do this I would absolutely love to do what you were doing.
Thanks for your posts and questions. I see that you already have a video to watch, which will give you a good idea as to what is involved in irrigation. Like most things in life, there are variations on the theme to suit different people with different circumstances.
My irrigation technique and routine has changed a few times over the years to suit whatever was happening at the time- like quantity and consistency of output; whether my colonic peristalsis was working effeciently or whether it was sluggish; what shape and direction the stoma channel took; the effects of a peristomal hernia; and a muscle contraction which caused a blockage necessitating a longer tube than was afforded by the cone.
At present, my own routine is every 24 hrs rather than 2 days; I use a pressurised water container rather than the hanging water 'bag' system; I also use a lot more water than the video recommends and I sometimes go through the procedure a couple of times before the colon is empty of faeces; I irrigate in the evening so that the procedure is finished before bedtime, but I continue to wear the irrigation sleeve overnight, just in case there is any residual/ late output.
There are lots of suggestions and discussions about irrigation in the 'COLLECTIONS' - 'Premium Content' - 'Irrigation', which illustrate how many different approaches different people have tried for this technique. There are also several other videos on you tube which show slightly different, practical techniques from people who are ostomates, rather than the 'official' version presented in the video suggested.
I do hope you manage to irrigate successfully as you will find that life gets much easier.
Of course, if you have any further questions as you proceed, don't hesitate to ask.