I had a colostomy on November 8, 2021, and up until recently Stella was active only in the morning.
My problem was IBS-C with bloating and incomplete defecation. My pattern was to have two cups of coffee and then activity began. Because my doctor said I still have IBS, my elimination process will involve more than one trip to the loo. Sometimes I'm in the bathroom for over an hour.
I've gotten used to that and felt relieved that I was done for the day. I've started going to the gym and working with a trainer; I'd like to lose 15 lbs. The last three or four days I've noticed a change. One morning I spent almost two hours in the morning and had slight activity in the afternoon. This morning I only emptied once and it's going on 3 pm.
I was wondering if patterns change over time and if exercising with weight machines has any impact on Stella's behavior.
Also, I have ballooning often. I tried using osto-e-z vents but can't figure out how to use them. Sometimes Gas-X or Phazyme helps.
I haven't gone out other than the gym because I'm concerned about emptying my bag away from home.
I don't regret the elective surgery and have a positive outlook but am quite anxious about this change of pattern.
I find lots of good advice on this site and realize how lucky I am after reading so many cases of persons with much more serious, complicated, life-threatening conditions.