My colostomy was placed October 1, 2019. Not that long ago. But all is working out just fine.
My original post was for desperate advise on how to deal with the very unpleasant continuing pancaking which, as many know, is a very challenging occurrence for a new ostomate. There were posts that followed regarding finding clothes that didn't interfere with the ostomy, and another post regarding the mysterious mucous coming out of a most unexpected orifice and whether is was a sign of trouble. No. Just a normal body function.
So there now is no pancaking. The body has acclimated and the diet I follow is controlled to the point of allowing the body to form output that is like I wish it to be. And the clothes I found are perfect and do not interfere in any way. I am fortunate to be retired and live in a small Arizona town where nobody cares that I wear my shirt tail untucked. Perfect. And as for the mucous? Well, I just have to sit when I have to pee (most of the time) at home. And the pants problem was solved with jeans with mid rise and elastic waist. Since I wear my shirt untucked no body can tell.
I just want to thank those who offered advise in my early days as a new ostomate. And to advise those who have challenges with their new lifestyle to be patient, things will certainly change, and research and seek advice because the success of the changes to come can be negative if made with poor choices, and potentially very positive with the right ones. Patience, Diligence and Acceptance.