Reply to markmd1112
Hi Mark, I'm just seeing this post now, or would have answered sooner. I have lived with both a colostomy, and an ileostomy, so I can give you some perspective on both. Because the colostomy did not work for me, due to the fact that the colon muscles didn't work properly to move the stool along, it was a miserable experience. I lived on PEG, lots of it every to allow stool to exit. After close to a year, I finally got my ileostomy, and I can tell you from my experience, there is little difference, except that I can actually function normally with the ileo! The maintenance is the same, and I actually get better wear time now (six to seven days) than I did with the colostomy. I am more likely to get skin irritation issues, but if you find the right product for you, you should be fine. I had to try lots of different pouches, brands and styles, to find the right one for me. I do have to empty more often, but I don't find that too big of a deal. As far as eating goes, I eat anything and everything, and the only thing I make sure to do is keep well hydrated and chew my food really well. I am infinitely better off with the ileostomy, have a better quality of life, and do all the things I did pre-ostomy.
All the best of luck going forward.
p.s. I should have added, I had my large bowel removed after around six months of getting the ileostomy, and recovered quite quickly from that. They removed the colostomy stoma, and other than a small scar, you wouldn't even know it was ever there.