What a weird and, well weird is the right word, trip this is.
I have a Hartman's reversal scheduled for August 2nd and must say at first it was a relief to get the appointment.
When I had the emergency colostomy in December it was akin to waking to a horror show. After 6 months and great advice from this group I accepted my new life but suddenly bam- reversal! It does not seem real.
I am terrified but elated at the same time. I have about 1/2 of a colon left to attach to my large intestine so all should be good.
What I have is guilt that won't go away. Guilt knowing I am quite possibly just a visitor in a world that most will never leave. I vowed to my wife to never forget all of this and to be there for others which really leads me to my question- What can a former ostomate do to help the community?
I'm not there yet but being positive.