On March 15th, 2017 I spoke to the members of Ostomy Toronto as a guest speaker.
Blockages and partial blockages are a concern for ostomates, especially ileostomates, but there are several ways to both prevent and treat minor blockages.
Mistakes were made. I admit it, but if I don’t learn from those mistakes then I’ll continue to suffer needlessly with blockages. It was just over a week after I written about having partial blockage with my ostomy that I experienced what a full-blown, “get your ass to the ER” type blockage feels like, and I’ll be sharing that experience with you today.
Yesterday, I had a pretty normal morning… emptied my pouch at 7am and then again at 10:30am. For brunch, I had some leftover rice with avocado, followed by two medium-sized apples.
My stoma is usually pretty inactive in the afternoon, but when 4pm rolled around and there was no output in my pouch, I knew something was up. I started getting abdominal cramping soon after and with a few stoma “farts”, I still couldn’t get anything to move. I finished 2L of water and began massaging my belly until around 10pm. At that point it had been almost 12 hours since I last emptied my pouch and there was only a little output in my bag, so I went onto Plan B.