Seriuosly, I suppose it would depend on the disease/injury process that created the situation. Mine is Crohn's, soooooooooo I don't really know, but you certainly made me feel better.
Thank you Buddy, BEG
I've heard that you have a greater chance of getting hit by a bus than dying from complications from an ostomy. Hmmmmm, come to think of it they are raising the fares on the busses here in January...ouch! Live long and well!
I had my first attack of Crohn's at 18 and ended up with a temporary ileostomy for almost a year. A decade later I ended up with version 2.0 which is now almost 20 years old. I barely even thought about it anymore because with the proper diet and care it should allow you to lead as normal a life as is possible.
Here's where I dropped the ball. In the late 90's until 2005 I did my best version of Superman and rode the great start up bubble that everyone I'm sure rememebers. I worked for a start up in the valley and they offered me shares as a carrot and I bit hard. I worked myself silly and stopped following the rules about diet and staying hydrated. Thankfully in 2005 they went public and I decided it was time to sail off in to the sunset.
I started to get little clues but ignored them and eventually ended up with kidney failure in 2006. I have been a dialysis patient for the last 5 years and realize now just how much I ignored my body.
Staying hydrated and sticking to your diet can save you a lot of grief, let alone your life. Thankfully I'm able to now focus a lot more on what matters and with a steady dialysis routine can once again say that if it weren't for Crohn's and End stage renal failure (which simply means I'm on dialysis until I get a transplant) I'd be perfectly healthy.
If you need a lesson on staying hydrated properly talk to a dialysis patient. We take our weight every day. We know exactly down to the ounce what our ideal weight should be and can tell exactly how much fluid we retain each day. We can tell by our blood pressure and heart rate just how we're doing each day. Not to mention blood work once a month. Being a dialysis patient has made me much more aware of the minutia you need to follow to stay healthy. I take very few meds and rarely feel any affects of Crohn's. Believe me life isn't perfect but the last thing I'm worried about is how long I'll live. Dialysis patients live 40 yrs plus. Ileostomy patients live 50+ years as our friend tells us.
The question, I think is...how much longer do you want to live and what are you willing to do to retain the quality of your life?
Life is Good!
p.s. please forgive me for the tone...I'm new here and after more than half my life I have all but refused to talk openly about this side of my life. This seems like a safe place to land. Thanks to everyone for being so open. I'm looking forward to being an active member.
Actuarial charts indicate we live a normal life span.
. I am 55 and healthier now then when I was younger. Took me several years to learn what my body was telling me. I know more now of what to eat and drink and to follow the little warning signs telling me I should not have done that. Having gone through life not feeling well has mellowed me, keeping me in ck & appreciating the simpler things in life. I often wonder if I would be as good a person if I went through life healthy.
Life expectancy is probably better as most ostomates pay more attention to diet and health issues
Think of all the body parts we can actually live without. Colon's, Appendix, gallblatter, stomachs, lungs, thyroid, spleen, kidney, limbs, and oh yea, uterus's ovaries.....what else guys?????
I signed back up to this group because I've wondered the same thing lately. I've had the smae ileostomy for 47 years..a real antique!!
I have had an ileostomy since 1960. Other than a few blockages and kidney stones I have a remarkably good life. Dehydration has always been a concern since I am aware that ones' kidneys do not like being in a state of dehydration.