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2nd December - 8th December 2011

Friday 2nd December

In Drs surgery which was silent and I sat worrying that the bag would let off air. I told my GP Dr ***** that I was still uncomfortable and she said that that was normal for this kind of tear.

The toilet seat came down whilst I was emptying the bag so faeces went all over the toilet lid and down my trousers, so I had to take them downstairs in a little bag – there was a load of washing already on so I had to leave the trousers in a little bag waiting for the next load. It made me feel embarrassed, and like a small child.

Monday 5th December

While waiting for the solicitor to call me at 10:30 the bag suddenly filled so I had to rush to the toilet and empty it, handing the phone to my husband who was busy trying to deal with the baby. It seems to fill most rapidly in the morning, and again this morning I had to hand Sam to Chris after feeding him, instead of leaving Chris to have a lie-in, so I could empty the bag. It is extremely frustrating because it fills without warning, and particularly after food, which makes me worry about eating out in case I have an accident with the bag.

Wednesday 7th December

On the advice of a Dr friend I rang the hospital to see when my appointment with the colo rectal surgeon was as she said I should have heard by now. I spoke to his secretary and she said that the maternity ward should have made this appointment for me on discharge but no-one has and this means I am now on a waiting list with “lots of other people” but she will try and get me seen in early January. I am very angry because this has potentially delayed things by a few weeks and I want to get better quickly. I feel like no-one at the NHS cares about me or what happens to me, and surely the maternity ward should have been taking all care to make sure this appointment was made for me – and if they weren’t sure they should have checked with the colo rectal surgeons department. It’s ok for them, they don’t have to live with a colostomy bag!! Furious and upset.