Got my first stoma check-up today. I’m not sure what to expect but I’m sure it’ll be fine.
I changed my bag this morning with no problems and, even though I know I didn’t cut the whole too small because I measured it twice, I’m still paranoid because of what happened Sunday. I know it’s fine because my stoma is making the usual happy noises it does when it’s working so it’s just my silly paranoid brain.

On another note, it’s really sunny outside. I’ve started to go for short walks around outside my flat to build my leg strength up again so it’ll be nice to be out in the sun if only for a little while. I can’t wait to be able to go out for longer; I really need to buy new clothes because I’ve lost so much weight and it’d be nice to get out of the flat for a day. Unfortunately, I get tired quite quickly at the moment so walking around shops is not something I can manage yet. But I will soon, I’m sure. Got to keep positive.

Starting Easter off with pain

Had a bit of a scare this morning; woke up about five thirty to my stomach cramping badly enough I started crying. I had no idea what was wrong so I went to the bathroom incase it was just that I badly needed to pee. It turns out that when I changed my bag yesterday, I cut the hole a bit too small and my stoma was being squeezed a tiny bit. I’ve changed the bag with a slightly bigger hole and it feels a lot better. I think I may have also had a slight blockage as a result but I think that’s starting to clear now.

I need to be a bit more careful when changing my bag; my stoma is still pretty swollen and will be for the next six weeks or so. I also need to be careful with my food intake; I’ve over-eaten for the last two days which probably hasn’t helped. I’m going to try and stick to my recommended daily calories from now on and not allow myself to go over as much as I have. I know I need to put on weight but over-eating is clearly not the way to go.

I made garlic and honey chicken with oven chips for dinner tonight. It was really tasty and surprisingly easy to make. (Recipe here)

I may have over-eaten again though today; I’ve had quite a bit of one of my Easter eggs this evening, not to mention having a large lunch and snacks throughout the afternoon. I know it’s not a bad thing though because I need to put weight on (I lost almost a whole stone whilst in hospital).