Happy Birthday Cecil!

Well, today is Cecil’s first birthday!  

Believe it or not, it’s one year ago today that Cecil was ‘born’; time really has flown. 

One way or another it’s been quite a year with my other surgery in January. Thankfully I consider myself to be fully recovered and thankfully dealing with Cecil has been ok actually. 

He’s been on a cruise and had weekends away and we’ve just returned from a really nice break in Cornwall and Dartmouth. He’s coped really well with them all.

Next week, I have the stoma nurse coming to see me to discuss stoma irrigation. I really am living the dream!

Seriously, though, irrigation is another way of dealing with a stoma. 

It’s a way of clearing out the bowel once a day, or hopefully every other day, that should mean that you get no output during the day and means that instead of wearing a bag you just wear a small pouch (a bit like a very small colostomy bag) instead of a full size bag. 

I’m told the procedure takes about 45 mins to an hour each time but means that I won’t have to worry about bag changes or output for the rest of the day. 

I will have to see if it will be worth the extra time it will take but I think it’s worth a try. Some people I’ve spoken to have said that it’s the best thing they ever did and others have said that it was not for them. For me, the whole bag thing is not too much of a problem so I’ll have to see how it goes. 

Other than that, all is well and Cecil has been behaving himself, hopefully that will remain the case. 

I will post again once I’ve started irrigating – no pictures, don’t worry!  If you are interested, here is a link to some more information on irrigation. 

http://www.colostomyassociation.org.uk/index.php?p=200&pp=3&i=54&page=Irrigation

Also, in the next couple of weeks my article that I’ve written for the Helen Rollason charity will be published and I’ll post a copy here for you to have a look at if you’re interested. 

Thanks as always for reading my ramblings. 

Keep well.

Pat. 

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