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  • #16
    Originally posted by SCI-Nurse View Post
    you should get urological consultion. You should one anyway if you have had symptoms, diagnostician to develop etc.
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    huh?? I think theres a typo..
    C5/6 since Feb '07

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    • #17
      C7, 24yrs post sci

      Colostomate, 19 yrs

      No regrets

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      • #18
        To colostomy or not to colostomy, that is the question:
        Whether 'tis Nobler in the mind to suffer
        The drips and blocks of outrageous bowels,
        Or to take a tube against a Sea of troubles,
        And by opposing end them: to bag, to leak
        No more: and by a tube, to say we end
        The Heart-ache, and the thousand Natural shocks

        That Flesh is heir to? 'Tis a consummation

        Devoutly to be wished.
        Played with bombs- No SCI, Brain Damage enough that I require a chair and a caregiver.

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        • #19
          Originally posted by IsMaisin View Post
          To colostomy or not to colostomy, that is the question:
          Whether 'tis Nobler in the mind to suffer
          The drips and blocks of outrageous bowels,
          Or to take a tube against a Sea of troubles,
          And by opposing end them: to bag, to leak
          No more: and by a tube, to say we end
          The Heart-ache, and the thousand Natural shocks

          That Flesh is heir to? 'Tis a consummation

          Devoutly to be wished.
          Bravo! Now I just have to decipher it..
          C5/6 since Feb '07

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          • #20
            I have had one for almost 3 years. It was the single best thing I have done since my injury. I wish that they had just done the surgery along with my spinal surgery. I think that everyone should wake up from having spinal surgery having a colostomy already done as well.

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            • #21
              Originally posted by dannymarg View Post
              I have had one for almost 3 years. It was the single best thing I have done since my injury. I wish that they had just done the surgery along with my spinal surgery. I think that everyone should wake up from having spinal surgery having a colostomy already done as well.
              I agree 100%! The things I could have done over the past 25 years.. I'm very happy with mine.. Just over one year..

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              • #22
                It never smells when working right? How embarrassing are the sounds?

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                • #23
                  Just reading this thread on my journey of making the decision on whether to opt for colostomy or not. I'm so grateful to everyone for posting about their experience. I'm 20 years post injury and the absolutely most demoralizing feature of my life, is bowel accidents.... I swear I bring them on myself sometimes just by the dread I have of it happening. I'm deducing that the post op hospital time is only a few days, but what about recovery time to get back to a normal active life. I'm a T6 complete para. Thank you.

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                  • #24
                    i had a urostomy back in 2011 best decision of my life. i had complications as my bowel didn't want to wake up so i was in hospital i think 10 days bowel finally woke up around day 6 or so i guess then it was just teaching and such that kept me in longer. it really depends on how they do it either laparoscopically or open procedure with open procedure your generally in a few days longer maybe a week or 2 with laparoscopic could be as little as overnight but most commonly 2-3 days. they generally want to make sure all plumbing is working before they let you go and you are at least eating solid foods as well.
                    T6 Incomplete due to a Spinal cord infarction July 2009

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                    • #25
                      Originally posted by doneracing View Post
                      Just reading this thread on my journey of making the decision on whether to opt for colostomy or not. I'm so grateful to everyone for posting about their experience. I'm 20 years post injury and the absolutely most demoralizing feature of my life, is bowel accidents.... I swear I bring them on myself sometimes just by the dread I have of it happening. I'm deducing that the post op hospital time is only a few days, but what about recovery time to get back to a normal active life. I'm a T6 complete para. Thank you.
                      I'm a c3c4 quad so I can't really give you a how long it will take to get back to a normal active life answer but I can tell you it's well worth however long the recovery time is. I've had my colostomy coming up on 3 years. I went from a 2-3 hour bc program to a less than 5 minute bag change. My quality of life is so much better. After your surgery it will take time but be patient everything will be great. If you have any questions or problems go to www.ostomy.org Good luck!

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                      • #26
                        You may be doing your bowel program to frequently and aggressively. You can change it to every other day or use half a suppository. Just a suggestion. Make sure it is Bowel related issues that Is causing the autonomic dysreflexia before you have surgery.

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