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Open Colostomy Reversal

Posted: Sun Mar 04, 2018 1:49 pm

So after 6 days in recovery my wife came home. The stome needed care-packing gauze daily, removal of bandage and gauze. the first day I changed the gauze I did not fully cover the stoma fully, inside it had dried out most likely causing the weaped fluid to dry out. I now realize now why you would not like this to happen as I now i'm not able to put the gauze in as deeply as before. Wish I could start over. I'm pretty sure they did not want a scab to form inturnaly. I have not told my wife because she will panic. I wish the nurse would of told me to fully cover the stoma to prevent the drying effect. So now what do I do.. It is Sunday and I will call the Dr.Monday..

Posted: Mon Mar 05, 2018 2:13 am

Hello KJC.  A tip given to me by my niece, who is a ICU nurse.  It sometimes helps to keep the area soaking in warm water which helps to loosen the dryness and  eases the gauze away rather than tearing it.

The easiest way to do this is to soak in a warm bath! It can be relaxing too, which can't be bad for the soul.

Best wishes

 Bill

 

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