Share Facebook
Crohn's Disease Forum » Surgery » Stoma Subforum » Starting school with a stoma


08-31-2010, 09:51 PM   #1
Nyx
Moderator
 
Nyx's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Barrie, Ontario

My Support Groups:
· Stoma
Starting school with a stoma

I start school on Tuesday, September 7th...gotta say, I'm a bit nervous!!! The work is not worrying me; I've always been good in school. I'm worried about Oscar...lol So, my question to my fellow ostomites is this: Should I tell my classmates about him? Get it out there right away so that if he acts up, everyone won't judge? Or should I keep it quiet and tell only when I need to? Or go to the school and see if I can get some special privileges like taking tests in private so that I don't have to worry about wayward noises?

It's all very confusing!

Any advice would be welcome
__________________
Cindy

Crohn's Diagnosis: May 2006
Current meds: none
Surgeries: Colostomy, December 2009

"Never trust a fart." Jack Nicholson, The Bucket List

Oscar is awesome! Loving my life with my stoma (with a hint of poo)!!

08-31-2010, 10:16 PM   #2
Jer's Girl
Senior Member
 
Jer's Girl's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Albuqerque, New Mexico
I think that everyone is different in how they handle this but personally have been very honest with everyone from friends to co-workers. I think that it helps people feel more comfortable with it if you seem comfortable with it. It also helps me not to feel awkward or embarrassed if I don't act like it is an embarrassing thing. Everyone has been very supportive and not weird about it.

However, if you are worried about it making noise and being disruptive, it wouldn't hurt to take the teacher aside and let her know that you might need to leave the room from time to time or take your tests in another room!

Good luck!

What are you studying by the way?
08-31-2010, 10:21 PM   #3
Jeff D.
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
I'm into my second week of school with Reni and things couldn't be better. I have only told one person so far about Reni and that was today when I went to touch my bag and they heard the plastic sound. They asked if it was an ice bag so I just told him the truth. They didn't seem bothered by it at all.
08-31-2010, 10:23 PM   #4
InkyStinky
Senior Member
 
InkyStinky's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: USA

My Support Groups:
Hey Cindy - I don't have an Oscar so I'm of no help with your questions, but I just wanted to say Happy Back to School to you!
__________________
Sabrina
IBD diagnosed 1990 @ 8yrs old (current dx: Crohn’s); Blood clots 12/2009 (DVT, bilateral PE)
6MP: 50mg/day

Ethel: “So, is everything okey-dokey?” Lucy: “No, it’s inky-stinky” ~ I Love Lucy

-Are you looking for a new treatment option for your Crohn's disease? If so, I suggest you look into the ongoing clinical trial by Qu Biologics for their SSI treatment. Click here for more information or to help spread the word.
08-31-2010, 10:34 PM   #5
Keona
Senior Member
 
Keona's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Hamilton, Ontario
YAY! You can do it!!! I cant help you either but trust your gut You will know what to do at the time.
Good luck at school !!
__________________
Dx GERD 2008
Dx Gastritis & hiatal hernia Feb 2010
Dx non-definitive Crohn's June 2010
Dx Endometriosis April 2011

"if nothing changes - nothing changes

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=530585394
09-01-2010, 05:05 AM   #6
Dexky
To save time...Ask Dusty!
 
Dexky's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2010
Location: Kentucky

My Support Groups:
Oh hell Cindy, all those kids are gonna love you!!! Just be yourself!!
__________________
Mark, father of EJ

EJ dx w/ Crohn's 12/09
PSC 3/10

No more 6mp
Currently in the Humira Club
09-01-2010, 10:09 AM   #7
Astra
Moderator
 
Astra's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: St Helens, Merseyside, United Kingdom

My Support Groups:
Yeah Cindy!
Just be yourself! if you're comfy with Oscar, I'm sure everyone else will too!
No need to announce it straight away, find your bearings first, settle in and let it come up in conversation sometime.
sending lotsa luck Cindy, you're gonna do smashin hun!
xxxxx
__________________


Joan

Dx Crohn's in TI 2005 symptoms for 15 years prior

BEEN ON -Azathioprine, 6MP, Prednisolone, Pentasa, Budesonide, Metronidazole, Humira, Methotrexate,

NOW ON -Amitriptyline 25mg
21/02/14 Right hemicolectomy surgery




http://www.facebook.com/#!/profile.p...4208290&ref=ts

No-one should make you feel inferior without your consent!

09-01-2010, 11:50 AM   #8
Crohn's 35
Inactive Account
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Yay! Hey I met Cindy and I would never know she has an Oscar!!! Don't worry, there are enough breaks that you can go check him out. Best thing is tell your teachers up front, not like you are a kid trying to sneak away for a smoke break LOL. I am so envious that you are doing that!! You will do awesome .

Keep us posted how you do!
09-01-2010, 03:36 PM   #9
Nyx
Moderator
 
Nyx's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Barrie, Ontario

My Support Groups:
· Stoma
Thanks for the input everyone! I think I'll just tell my teachers and leave it at that for now...see if Oscar behaves himself or not....lol
09-01-2010, 03:49 PM   #10
CDDad
Senior Member
 
CDDad's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: New Jersey
This is a tough one. I guess I would just try the hand over the stoma when I feel it acting up. At work I have my own office, so that makes life easy. This morning I was in my boss's office and it was making some small noises. Luckily he is my good friend too. He was just laughing. great.
When I have someone in my office I know well and it makes a little noise I just ignore it. But, luckily again, it has not made a big noise with someone I don't know well. I don't worry about it too much anymore. Mine is mostly well behaved.

Maybe I missed it, but what are you going back to school for? Good luck, I'm sure you'll do great!
__________________
-Joe
Crohns since 1989
3 Surgeries - Hemicolectomy '08, Sm Bowel Resection '09, Proctocolectomy '10. Lets hope I'm done now!
On Protonix and Humira.

Last edited by CDDad; 09-01-2010 at 03:52 PM.
09-01-2010, 04:19 PM   #11
Nyx
Moderator
 
Nyx's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Barrie, Ontario

My Support Groups:
· Stoma
I'm going back for Architecture.
09-01-2010, 05:35 PM   #12
acg101
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
@ Cindy - Good Luck with School!! I am sure you will do just great!

I prefer to tell people that need to know but I don't go out and advertise it to the world. Today I was in a meeting and some sounds came out but not too bad. I found out that if I wear my bag inside my undi and the belt over it (not too snug LOL) it muffles the sounds.
You have the best attitude in the world and I am sure you will make the right decision.
__________________
-Best wishes - Dan

1. Diagnosed with Crohn's UC 1995
2. Flagyl/Cipro Imuran in 80%remission 1997 2005
3. Used 5mp, asacol, 6mp, remicade, imuran, Cimzia, entocourt, Flagyl/Cipro and enemas/suppositories until 2010 with periodic relief.
4. July 9th 2010 total ProctoCollectomy surgery! Free at Last!
09-03-2010, 03:13 AM   #13
DustyKat
Super Moderator
 
DustyKat's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2010
Location: New South Wales, Australia
Hey Cindy,

As you know Roo doesn't have an ostomy but does have SBS so the whole toilet thing is pretty obvious at times. I know at high school everyone knew about it as she would announce, after being in the bathroom, "I wouldn't go in there if I were you, I have a bowel disease you know". Now she is at uni she has told me all her friends know she has Crohns.

Good luck with your studies and good on you for pursuing your dreams!!!

Dusty.
__________________
Mum of 2 kids with Crohn's.
09-03-2010, 07:02 AM   #14
Crohn's 35
Inactive Account
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
I'm going back for Architecture.
Ha, I just told Wally about you going back to school and of course he asked what classes and I said I didnt know. You just answered my question or rather his

Let us know how you like it!
09-03-2010, 08:46 AM   #15
Jennjenn
Senior Member
 
Jennjenn's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: New York
Good luck next week! I am happy for you
Reply

Crohn's Disease Forum » Surgery » Stoma Subforum » Starting school with a stoma
Thread Tools


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 08:48 PM.
Copyright 2006-2017 Crohnsforum.com