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Mon Apr 30, 2012 11:47 pm
I turn 77 this month. And I am fully active. Ride my bike 10 miles and more almost every day. Always carry water.
After my colon "exploded" in late January of 2011 because of a strangulated hernia I was hospitalized for about six weeks and ate no food. I was fed by an IV and became so skinny people hardly recognized me. In rehab for a month after that I wasn't hungry and so the IV again sustained me. Eventually I tried some Cream of Wheat and in time tried more solid food. Now I eat just about whatever I want. I do avoid nuts, raisins, and corn.
I am not a physician. Far from it. I do think the shock of having an ostomy can have an impact on one's thinking. And that could have an impact on eating. But now I accept it and it has become just another routine, like showering, shaving, etc. Because I am a male I have never had to experience menstrual periods. But it seems to me dealing with a pouch on one's belly could be similar in some ways. (Don't boo and hiss or send hate mail if I am wrong).
There are certain odors that make me feel nauseous. Just thinking about certain unpleasant things has an impact on the way I feel. Once I stopped feeling sorry for myself I felt better.
Having a project, such as helping others, helped. Watching TV for hours made me depressed.
I needed to find a purpose in life. Riding my bicycle let me know life goes on.
I have a friend who became nauseous, couldn't eat, and was eventually hospitalized by her child when her husband suddenly died. She finally adjusted to the fact she is a widow through no fault of her own and has now returned to work. Help your mom regain a purpose in life. My guess is that will help.