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colostomy still not working???

grandma047's picture
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Well the doctor prescribed 2 tblsp. Milk of Magnesia last night. I thought for sure I would have some bm last night, but no. It's been 5 days. Home health came out today and says she can hear bowel sounds. I don't understand why it's not working again. I called the doctor again and they say to get magnesium citrate tonight. I hope it works. Please say a prayer again. I don't think this thing is ever going to be normal. Any suggestions????
Love and prayers, Judy H(grandma047)

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Hello!!! Hang in there!!!! Take one day at a time. Try what the Doctor said and if it doesn't work call the Doctor again even though it is the weekend!!! Hang in there!!! I am praying for you!!! You have been through so much and I know that you can get through this!!! My prayers are with you!!!! Love Sue and Bob

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Hi Judy. I am so happy you are home. You have been in my prayers through this whole ordeal. I have also been through the mill in the last few months, but I am getting better every day. I think you might find the United Ostomy Association site very helpful. It helped me alot when I had my ileostomy. When you get to the home page, click on Discussion Groups/List Servers, the window will pop up on the right side of it and just click on General. This may also help others. Good luck. Hang in there. Like my surgeon keeps telling me "You will get better". mmmm Blessings

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I'm praying for you! I hope you have a movement soon. I just went three days without one and took Milk of magnisia. It worked for me. Good luck and God bless.

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i'm not sure how long you've had it but it can take a long time to work properly. and just b/c there are bowel sounds doesn't mean that all parts of your gi tract are working in a coordinated effort - which they need to do for a bm. hang in there and try to talk to someone who specializes in this, like an ostomy nurse. i bet the nat'l assn might have some help and your hospital/home health nurse group should have an ostomy specialist. good luck!

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Judy--hiya sweetie--we hope that things work out for you--do keep thinkin bout yah--it's been a horrid time for you.
Sorry--ah been awol for a time but if you scroll up to my post it will explain.
Keep yer chin up girl!!!!!
luv n huggs--kanga n Jen

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Dear Judy,

It's been two days since your post and I pray that this are better by now.

You certainly have had more than your share of struggles. I pray that things go more smoothly for you and your body begins to heal.

We are thinking of and praying for you.

Keep your faith!


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