Hi folks, I've been in the hospital since Monday, just released from having my surgery to remove my large intestine and my old stoma from my original colostomy, leaving me with my ileostomy. This was the final step and I am so relieved to have it behind me. Everything went well and they were great in the hospital, but it's sure good to be home! I am left with what is referred to as a "dirty wound" where my old stoma was, nice name. They leave it open a little because closing it up would cause an infection. So, I have this small hole, but very deep, probably a good inch, and the bandage needs to be changed and the wound "packed" daily. Packing involves stuffing this antimicrobial material into it. It's painful and a really unpleasant experience. I don't do it, wouldn't have the stomach for it, but go to a clinic daily to have it done. I was told at the hospital that this could take from one to two weeks or even more before it heals itself from the inside out. I'm just wondering if anyone out there has been through this and what their experience was. How long did it take you to heal?
I'm still in quite a lot of pain, but I'm feeling really optimistic about the future. Once this has all healed up and I just have my pretty well-functioning ileostomy to deal with, I will feel quite content. It's been nearly two years since my emergency colostomy that started this whole roller coaster, and seven hospitalizations later, I think I'm finally finished! This site and you lovely people have played no small part in getting me here, so many thanks!