Good evening my instalovelies 💖💙💖💙
Well, today would have been Stanley stoma's first stomaversary 🍰🎂🎈🎉
I've been looking at these photos today, with great fondness; in a way I actually miss him.
Even though Stanley and I rarely saw eye to eye, I grew quite fond of the windy fella; he was my side kick.
Stanley saved my life, for that, I will be eternally grateful but very quickly it was evident Stanley was going to be the bane of my life too.
I don't think I have ever heard of anyone else with an output like mine, I know my stoma nurse and gastro team never had either.
My daily liquid intake was one litre of water, mixed with ten sachets of dioralyte...that had to last 24hrs. No tea, coffee, juice NADA; just my litre of salt water.
On top of that, I was taking 50 lopermide per day, yet my output was ridiculous. Emptying a stoma bag over 50 times per day is no joke, even if I did laugh it off.
Every week without fail, I would have a public explosion...usually in the supermarket, Asda was Stanley's favourite.
I couldn't put weight on and I became very ill with multiple deficiencies, which resulted in weekly transfusions.
Time did nothing to ease Stanley's temperament and it was no way of life but I still remained fond of 'him' ; nothing changed that.
In February this year, the choice was made to do an emergency reversal....which didn't really go as planned either but that's a whole other story.
I now function on two thirds of a large bowel. Chances are, there will be a Stanley mark 2; it's a 90% probability, yet I'm not fazed one bit by what the future will hold.
One thing Stanley taught me, is that we can't control everything that happens to us but we can control how we deal with it. You can be bitter or you can embrace what you have.
Stanley altered my life but he didn't change it and he certainly didn't change me, he just made me stronger.
Thank you Stanley and happy 'stomaversary' 💩💙💙💩
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