You Need To Be Prepared to Care For Mental Health of a Colostomy Patient
I had my colon cancer surgery in December of 2013.
The mental health of a colostomy patient was as far from my thinking as the east is from the west. It just never occurred to me that the mental health of a colostomy patient was that big a deal.
I look back now and it didn’t take but a couple of weeks after I got home, for me to realize fully that there was a whole side to this situation that I wasn’t entirely prepared to handle.<
The Two Sides of Mental Health of a Colostomy Patient
Caring for the colostomy patient is largely a mental health issue. Having a stoma can lead to depression as well as all the other second thoughts, and doubts you start having.
Side One: From Thanksgiving 2013 through to my release from the hospital following my surgery which was Monday Afternoon, December 16, That time period was controlled by the doctors and nurses that were involved in preparing me for the surgery.
I simply followed directives and I was places I needed to be when I needed to be there. But then once I got home It was only a little over a week until Christmas.
Side Two: You will find out there are things in your mindset that will take more than a few months to effectively work through. These things are self-doubts and fears about how you are perceived by family, friends, and strangers from now on.
Some of these things I still am working on even after 4 years. Mental health for a colostomy patient is important and needs to be taken seriously.
So I would say that by roughly January 4, 2014, I was fully in the mode of “What to Heck has just happened to me”. In this article you will learn.....
In this article you will learn.....