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Fri Aug 12, 2022 8:42 am
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UPDATE: Please dont use this in any similar situation you find yourself in. I am not licensed in anything but driving. 🤡 
That being said my bag started slowing down yesterday afternoon. Dehydration seemed to be my biggest complaint at this point. Sodium retains water and so I ordered a pepperoni pizza with low sauce. Made me very thirsty and there you go I started drinking a lot and set an alarm on my phone through the night to sit up and have a drink 👍🏻 I feel so much better today. Hahaha Thank you all for your advice! I did take all into consideration and come up with this mind blowing equation. Have a great day. 

Hello friends,

I have been down for the past couple days. Extremely tired, lower back pain, ( lower back pain is normal for me but not constantly ) my ileostomy bag has been filling with the consistency of water. I slept all day and night the first night. With the exception of bag emptying 3 full bags of “water”. Next day exhausted slept the same. I am still filling up bags with water like consistency. I’m sure I am dehydrated. But is what it’s like to have a stomach bug? Diarrhea? I haven’t  felt like throwing up. What does sick feel like? The endless bags of watery output? Thanks for your help. Going to a Dr not on my list so I’m trying to feel you guys out. 

~ Hope
I apologize for grammatical errors lol



Last edited by Feb9HH on Sun Aug 14, 2022 9:11 am; edited 1 time in total
Fri Aug 12, 2022 9:35 am

Hi Feb9HH, I don't know...knock on wood I have not been sick since getting my colostomy (March 2020). Losing that much liquid would definitely make you dehydrated and that in turn will make you tired. We have a hotline here to talk with a nurse about things like that. Since you don't want to go to the doctor, is there a way to talk to a nurse about it. Take care of yourself. ❤️

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Fri Aug 12, 2022 10:03 am

I hate to say it Feb,but you do need to go to the hospital. I got the stomache flu in February and had the exact same thing happen to me.I let it take it's course not having my ileostomy for very long and wound up with kindney problems from being dehydrated. Please don't wait too long.Not tring to worry you everyone is different, but you shouldn't be emptying your ostomy that much. Fingers crossed 🤞 for you!

Fri Aug 12, 2022 10:05 am


SallyK wrote:

Hi Feb9HH, I don't know...knock on wood I have not been sick since getting my colostomy (March 2020). Losing that much liquid would definitely make you dehydrated and that in turn will make you tir...

I’m in the US. I used to visit Canada every summer growing up to spend time with my grandma. Beautiful there. I’d love to be back. Im not sure we have something like that here. The only person I can call would make me an appointment. I start my new job 8/30 so without insurance not worth it. I was just curious who else has had this happen. Thank you for you response. 

Fri Aug 12, 2022 10:22 am

If you’re not able to go to a doctor right now and you’re having that much liquid output, you have to replace that output. So, fluids and nutrients must go in. Eat and especially drink as much as you can. Your drinks don’t have to be just water, drinking other things like milk, orange juice, Gatorade, pedialyte, etc will help get lost nutrients into your system. So, what’s the new job? Good luck. 

Fri Aug 12, 2022 10:30 am


AlexT wrote:

If you’re not able to go to a doctor right now and you’re having that much liquid output, you have to replace that output. So, fluids and nutrients must go in. Eat and especially drink as much ...

I’ll be working at my old job that I had to resign from when I got sick. TD Bank in the financial sector. 
I was hoping this just happens sometimes and it wouldn’t be anything to worry about. Im gonna try to replenish. I almost have PTSD after the surgery and complications so I will try everything first before I go there. 
Hopefully I can pull myself out of this. Thank you for always responding and your great advice. 

~Hope

Fri Aug 12, 2022 10:42 am


Feb9HH wrote:

I’ll be working at my old job that I had to resign from when I got sick. TD Bank in the financial sector. 
I was hoping this just happens sometimes and it wouldn’t be anything to worry about. I...

You’re welcome. I’m sure any of us would be concerned if our normal output changed drastically. None of us new ostomates are used to dealing with those types of things. Now, with our bags, we get to see up close what’s coming out compared to before when we’d just run to the bathroom cause we had a stomach bug and not pay much attention to how much we were losing. 

Fri Aug 12, 2022 11:21 am

Hi Feb9HH,

I had something like that happen to me a couple of months back but I was vomiting too. It was manageable at the time so I went into work anyway. As soon as I got to work, it would not let up so I called my boss to send in a replacement. An hour later I was home again. My day starts early around 5am. Thankfully it was short lived and things began to clear up around 9:30 am. But I did keep up fluid intake as best as I could (lost 5 pounds, mostly fluids, and have since gained them back). Turned out to be food poisoning from a restaurant the night before. My husband with no digestive problems, had the same happen to him, but lasted about a week. Anyway, keep up the fluid intake and try not to let nutrient intake slide. 

Fri Aug 12, 2022 11:24 am


Feb9HH wrote:

I’m in the US. I used to visit Canada every summer growing up to spend time with my grandma. Beautiful there. I’d love to be back. Im not sure we have something like that here. The only person ...

Hopefully you will get to visit again someday. I am sending you loads of love and positive vibes. ❤️ I'm 2 years in but still coming to terms with everything myself so totally understand. {{{Hugs}}}

Fri Aug 12, 2022 12:26 pm

I just went thru that. Go to the emergency room and get fluids. NOW!!!!

Fri Aug 12, 2022 3:15 pm

Hi, just to let you know I’ve had the same problem 3 times in the last 15 years, each time it’s lasted about 5 days, I did get dehydrated and felt lightheaded/tired and had the shakes. I spoke to the stoma nurses and their advice was to ride it out for a few days as it was probably a stomach bug, if it continued after 4/5 days go to the hospital. Fortunately things started to return to normal after a few days, I continued to eat as normally as possible and was drinking a lot more than normal. Fortunately I was not working at the time so was able to rest as much as possible. I’m sure in a week or so time when things are back to normal you will look back on this situation and wonder why you ever worried about it. Best Wishes.

Fri Aug 12, 2022 10:10 pm

Hi

Just out of curiosity did you take a Covid test?  I know tiredness is one symptom and I know people who got pretty sick when they had Covid.

  I wish you a speedy recovery..God bless 😊

Fri Aug 12, 2022 10:21 pm

UTI infection?

Sat Aug 13, 2022 7:58 am

Hi Feb it sounds like a stomach bug and what i do is use bullion cubes for making broth and sip on them, also green tea with honey along with other fluids like gatorade or v-8 juice.  good luck

Sat Aug 13, 2022 10:56 am


elwick wrote:

Hi, just to let you know I’ve had the same problem 3 times in the last 15 years, each time it’s lasted about 5 days, I did get dehydrated and felt lightheaded/tired and had the shakes. I spoke ...

Thank you. Last night was a lot better I think. I only emptied 1 bag. Todays job is putting liquid and food back in. Almost forced because I don’t feel like eating or drinking that much. You almost feel like you need to be a scientist to learn to balance it all out. Lol

Sat Aug 13, 2022 11:46 am


Feb9HH wrote:

Thank you. Last night was a lot better I think. I only emptied 1 bag. Todays job is putting liquid and food back in. Almost forced because I don’t feel like eating or drinking that much. You almo...

Glad it’s better. 👍 I don’t really have the dehydration issue since I have a colostomy and not an ileostomy. But when it’s this hot outside and I sweat so much at the lake, doing yard work, and being outside a lot at work, I’ve been adding a Halo Hydration packet to 1 bottle of water per day to help replenish some of the lost vitamins/minerals. 

Sun Aug 21, 2022 11:48 pm


Hairdresser wrote:

Hi

Just out of curiosity did you take a Covid test?  I know tiredness is one symptom and I know people who got pretty sick when they had Covid.

  I wish you a speedy recovery..God bless 😊

No I didn’t even think about. 

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