I do not have an ileostomy myself. However, I have a dear friend who does, and she's in the hospital right now. Unfortunately, a few years ago, her Gastroparesis had done so much damage she had to have her colon removed, and she now has an ileostomy. Her small intestine over the years has lessened in function as well, and the function is low. I think I understand the severity of that situation. I just don't want to say it. She was taken to the ER today and has been diagnosed with an obstruction/blockage. So far I understand the doc believes she has bad scar tissue. The doc wants to avoid surgery. A tube has been put down into her stomach to drain off everything to relieve the pressure. She'll be kept overnight for sure.
My fear, and I don't want to cause any stress on any of you here who are suffering with here health struggles, but I thought perhaps you can help me understand things better so I can be a better friend to her. Do yall understand? Please forgive me if I ask a wrong question.
The doc, like I said, wants to avoid surgery. I mean, can the scar tissue become so large as to cause her to have to have surgery to.remove it? If so, won't it just grow back larger and with more troubles?
What is she realistically looking at? She's a single mother with a 12 yo dsughter. I'm already concerned rhat her small intestine is becoming less ooperable.she did say to me if the small intestine stopped working, well, you can't live without it.