In response to "Normal"
I think that a lot of people can only think about the fact that we walk around with sh8t in a bag that is sitting on the front of us -
that we must smell up close
that we can't be really clean
that we have an open wound
that sex would be disgusting or difficult or strange
that our lifestyle is limited in the things and places that we can do and go
I can remember that all my Sister could say was "you're too young to have that" and another friend saying and says all of the time still - until I smack her good one LOL "You don't smell mingy" - She's one to talk, she always smells of old wine and smokes, eeck
In response to "Little Rosebud" little rosebud my butt - anything that has this much attitude and shoots sh8t out or it at an alarming rate is not a Little Rosebud, it's Mt Etna LMSO
I can understand the curiosity of wanting to look and see - I myself suffer from this affliction and yes I know curiosity killed the cat - but satisfaction brought him back - I would have no problem showing Stefan off and how he works - After all he did save my life - How else can people learn and accept unless they see, feel and touch so to speak
As a matter of fact I posed for the CAET web site with my Wound Care nurse (Awesome Woman BTW ) just go to the website and click on "About Us" and there I am in all my malnourished scrawny glory (had a fistula at the time as well as the ileo)
I have found that if you treat the Stoma with a sense of humor people are less uncomfortable with talking about it -
I always start with "You may think that I'm an assh9le but I had it removed" or "Don't make me mad or the sh8t is really gonna hit the fan" or 'Ever seen a monkey throw sh8t - I'm better at it then they are"
Not sure if this is the way that responses should go - let me know or give me an example
Hope there are laughs when this is read