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  • God Bless the colostomy users for xmas

    Sincerely, I admire you guys.
    Personally i live and die each day from the success or otherwise by my bowel regimen. I fucking hate it. I'm hi quad, can't care for a colo bag myself, and my aides would fuck it up entirely. Transfers, showering, dressing time would destroy it.
    i barely survive with an SP tube.
    If I can't shit daily I suffer and when I do I still suffer. Poop time = hell. If it's not loose, it's not coming out and trapped gas kills me. Spend my days doubled over in pain.
    I get maybe 2 - 3 days per month feeling good.
    JINGLE BOWLS

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    Most of us who have had the surgery done felt the same way you did before doing it. I used to say I'd rather die than have a colostomy. Once death reared it's ugly face because of the symptoms like yours, I had to have it done. Best thing I've done considering the alternative.

    Jingle Bow3ls back at you! While you or your aides are busy trying to finish off the bowel program; we have changed out the bags in 5 minutes and are drinking eggnog by the tree. I hope it gets better Tim.

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    • #3
      Man! Give yourself a nice Christmas gift: choose to ooze!

      I'm T12 para. Got mine 6 yrs ago when I needed a flap near the poop chute.
      What a relief! Don't need a TV in the bathroom anymore! Freeing.
      If your attendants could fuck up dealing with a baggie, you need different attendants!

      And, the ooze part? Only because it rhymes! Usually it's just shaking out little swedish meatballs-neat!
      69yo male T12 complete since 1995
      NW NJ

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      • #4
        I don't understand how many more positive testimonials or examples of successful colostomys you need to hear, by all levels of SCI, before you give it a try.
        "It is every man's obligation to put back into the world at least the equivalent of what he takes out of it. Try not to become a man of success but rather try to become a man of value." - Albert Einstein

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        • #5
          I'm still inter-catheter in the dink finger in the stink. Mon, Wed, Fri. Gives me nightmares. Life robbing two hour mornings. Without these two things to deal with, sci life wouldn't be nearly the headache it is. I'll go YouTube the bag method just to see why thus far I've done the life robbing method way.

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          • #6
            If I could do it myself, I would.

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            • #7
              Choose to ooze = priceless
              You guys are cool,
              We all deserve better


              Originally posted by pfcs49 View Post
              Man! Give yourself a nice Christmas gift: choose to ooze!

              I'm T12 para. Got mine 6 yrs ago when I needed a flap near the poop chute.
              What a relief! Don't need a TV in the bathroom anymore! Freeing.
              If your attendants could fuck up dealing with a baggie, you need different attendants!

              And, the ooze part? Only because it rhymes! Usually it's just shaking out little swedish meatballs-neat!

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              • #8
                Best decision of my quadriplegic life!

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Shaun View Post
                  Best decision of my quadriplegic life!
                  I second that! I'm a c3c4 quad. I believe your aides could handle it. 5 minute bag change vs 2-4 hour bowel care routine. Just do it!

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                  • #10
                    I had to find a new hobby to take up the time gained by not sitting on the pot for hours everyday.

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                    • #11
                      Coming up on 25 years with one.... it's not 100% full proof but at least 95%+.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Patton57 View Post
                        Coming up on 25 years with one.... it's not 100% full proof but at least 95%+.
                        Well...at least it's asshole-proof!
                        I guess??
                        69yo male T12 complete since 1995
                        NW NJ

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by pfcs49 View Post
                          Well...at least it's asshole-proof!
                          I guess??
                          You threaded the needle with that one!

                          Most of the issues, I've had are social things around work. I figured those out though. The occasional mucous draining from the rectum was initially terrifying but that settled down too.

                          We should all probably get together and create a sticky thread for colostomies. I know there are several good ones out there but we might want to consolidate all that information and enhance it.

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                          • #14
                            I see the 5 minute bag change quoted a lot, but it's not even that long for me. Bag changes are once or twice a day and take less than a minute. Even the days we change the wafer, it's less than 5 minutes.

                            My wife and I are heading to Vegas for a long weekend in February. I would have never even thought about traveling if I was still planning my days around bowel programs.

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                            • #15
                              I could nnot have gone down Colorado for a week primitive camping only whe I have the trots is it longer on off less than a minute c6c7

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