Well, it's about time I introduce you to my little friend, Stoma Stan. Everytime I change my bag I try to take picutres of him, but majority of the time he isn't cooperating. Luckily the other day he decided to cooperate. The following are a few pictures I took of him. They aren't real high quality pics, it is tricky to try and capture a few shots before he gets all active again and bathroom lighting is horrible. As you may notice, my Stoma is male. There are two main reasons for that. One, as I mentioned in an earlier post, only males would have no qualms about farting and pooping at inappropriate times, for example at the dinner table. And two, as you'll see in the last picture, his appearance is a bit. . .um. . . masculine.
This is the whole abdomen from above. (The top of the picture is my pelvis and the bottom is my rib cage. So I guess technically this picture is upsides down, but it is how I see it every day.) You can faintly see one small scar on the left side, parallel to my belly button and above the dolphins. There is another scar inside my belly button, and the main scar is right below the towel. (Sorry the main scar is to "low" for me to feel comfortable posting on the web.) That scar is only 4 inches long! Can you believe my entire 4 ft. colon came out of a 4 in incision?
Stoma Stan's close up.
Another above shot of Stoma Stan. You can see some of the irritation below him.
Stoma Stan, from the bottom. Stoma Stan "points down", and that is why I get some irritation below him. That small vertical slit you see is his "opening". You may notice his "manly" characteristics in this picture.
Stoma Stan will be with me for only two more weeks! Over the last 7 weeks I have developed quite the love/hate relationship with him. Yes, at times he is a nuisance, but I have come to respect him for his role in saving my life. If down the road something were to happen to my j-pouch and I had to go back to an ileostomy. I'd be ok with that.