I have an ileostomy (surgery in Oct, many weeks in the hospital prior to surgery leading to Crohn's diagnosis and then in and out of hospital with various issues like dehydration, etc. for weeks after that).
I am back to work full time now while dealing with high output and on IV fluids due to concerns about absorption. It's been very up and down. Some days I still have nausea (which is an improvement over the weeks of constant nausea at least) and I'm tired a lot. And often depressed (I'm on antidepressants).
But how do I get past the fear of going out besides work (I have a desk job and the bathroom is nearby)? I have not had many problems with leaks/blow outs, etc. but the worry is always there because I have such high output.
The big issue looming is that we are supposed to go see our son dance in a few weeks (he's in the ballet conservatory program at Butler Univ). It's about a 3-4 hour trip by car. I have an emergency kit to go with me but are there other tips that would help? That would make me feel more secure besides not eating/drinking during the drive :-) I have tried Imodium/Lomotil and they don't seem to do much.