Embracing a Fresh Start: Resuming Activities with Confidence

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Ostomy4life_22

For over 17 years, I had an ileostomy. Over time, I developed a parastomal hernia that, in turn, caused me not to enjoy the finer things in life. After all that time, I changed to a colostomy and had my hernia taken care of. Yesterday, March 4th, I did something that I would never have done with my ileostomy. I went to our local air force museum, and they had a C-130 that you could step on and see inside. And then they had stairs to the cockpit, and they let you climb up them to look. I did that with no hesitation, and it felt great. Just wanted to share a few pics of my day.

Killshot_24523

Today I changed the oil in my wife's car. First since the surgery about 3 months ago. I found getting down on the ground and back up is more difficult than it used to be, but it's doable.

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Elly Mae

It is nice to hear you are feeling well enough to start enjoying life again. It is such a great feeling of accomplishment and normalcy to be able to do things you once used to do! It's awesome to be able to try new things and feel confident about it! Great job and great pictures!

AlexT
Reply to Killshot_24523

It's only difficult because now you're old and retired. Sorry, had to repay some of your "it's the first Saturday of the week" comments to us working folks.

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It's the best feeling, isn't it, when you get to do regular stuff. I remember the first time I drove my car after surgery, it was just like after I got my license at 18, just wanted to press the pedal to the metal and keep driving!

 
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Killshot_24523

Aren't you scared going around bends on the wrong side...

Killshot_24523

Alex, can't respond to posts. Yeah, getting old does have its drawbacks. But, I can pay someone to change my oil while you're at work.

ron in mich

Hi all, I've had my ileo for 30 some years and once everything was healed, I didn't let my ostomy hold me back, whether it was working or enjoying all the other stuff I liked to do - 4 wheeling, fishing, deer hunting, cutting and splitting wood for winter. You just have to know your limits.

Killshot_24523

Ron... how long till you felt you were healed? I'm at 3 months tomorrow. I'm antsy to get back to stuff. I still don't lift much weight, but way more than the gallon of milk to start. I want to swing a golf club, I want to play racquetball, I want to do stuff I used to do, bad.

AlexT
Reply to Killshot_24523

Take the golf clubs out and just go through slow, easy swings and work your way up. Go to a court and simply hit the ball around nice and easy to get your body moving again. You don't have to go 100% to enjoy stuff. Easing your way back into things will be way better on your body than just thinking you're healed and go full into it and then have an issue.

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Reply to Killshot_24523

I'm on the right side of the car!

ron in mich
Reply to Killshot_24523

Hi Killshot, I went back to work part-time after 8 weeks. But like Alex said, I eased into doing things as I was pretty run down from UC, so I probably wasn't back to normal for a good 3-4 months.

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