I just want to take a moment to say "irrigation rocks!" I've had my ostomy since Sept. 2014 ( rectal cancer ) I am here to give anyone that can and is thinking of irrigating, to DO IT! I started less than a month ago, and love it! It took me about two weeks after I recieved my irrigation kit, to actually begin the process. I was so scared to do it. I had all these crazy ideas in my head, about sticking the cone in my stoma, poop flying everywhere blah blah blah. basically anything to avoid doing the process. I am happy to say, I have it down to 35 minutes. Although I keep the bag on for an additional half hour just incase. Hey I am still new to this! I am keeping "him" under control for a definite 24 hours! The first few days, it only lasted approximately 8 hours, until a bit of " stuff" came out. And that was nothing compared to what I was dealing with before irrigating!
So, since I have my stoma companion for the rest of my life, I am SO glad I can irrigate and literally forget I have it! I am wearing little stoma caps that are super comfortable! My goal is to hopefully be able to go longer than 24 hours, but even if I do the24 hours, I am extatic !!!
if you are contemplating Irrigation and are on the fence or scared , like me, DO IT! It is liberating!
Have a great day!
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