Ileostomy: a bag on my belly

I have an ileostomy. When the surgeon removed the damaged part of my colon, he had to leave it to heal for a while. The ileostomy bypasses the affected area.

ileostomy
the bag

LIVING WITH A BAG ON THE BELLY
Life with a bag is OK. I have to empty it regularly, sometimes 8 or 10 times a day. It leaves a bulge on my waistline, and it sometimes peeks out when it’s curious.

EATING HABITS
I’ve had to change my diet since the start of treatment. I also have to eat more, because I don’t absorb everything at present.

IRRITATION
I have to protect the stoma, which is the little stump of colon that sticks out, from being hurt from things like when I squat while gardening. I haven’t done much, so it’s not been a major problem. The seatbelt in the car can irritate the stoma, so I protect it with a jumper.