First week of uni with a stoma

You may or may not know, but this week I started my second year at university. To be honest, I’m amazed that I actually made it to this year with surgery and at one point I out right said I was dropping out but, deep breath, I did it. I passed my exams and I’m here again. I’m not going to lie, I was really nervous about coming back and living away from home so I thought I’d share with you how my first week went!

Bag wise, everything has been fine. I had a mare of a time at first because my toilet wouldn’t flush which is just a bit of an inconvenience! But I got it sorted in a day and now it flushes. But changing bags and just coping with them hasn’t been too difficult.

I actually made it on  night out which including drinking and rolling in at 3 in the morning (sorry mum). I think this was one of the scariest things I’ve done this week and it wasn’t too bad. I don’t really like nights out like that so I didn’t really enjoy it. I was worried about dehydration so I mainly drank water once I was actually out (which made it really cheap!) and then I had a rehydration powder drink I got from boots when I got it. All in all, I survived it and it was meh but that wasn’t really down to the bag, it’s just I don’t like nights out!

A note about alcohol now; I’ve actually been really fine with drinking however some alcohol makes my bag go really weird but I’ve not figured out what it is yet…all I know is that my bag output because quite strange when I’ve had cocktails. Nothing too major though!

One thing I’ve really struggled with this week is homesickness. I’ve had it really bad and did go home this weekend. What can I say, I’m a creature of habit but I now have the nickname Boomerang at home because I stuck out a total of 4 days before coming home. I think its because I’ve been completely locked after these past 6 months and me and my dad got into a good routine; I don’t like change basically. So my biggest thing to work on is that really!

Food wise has been great. I’ve been introducing more raw veg (okay, so tomatoes) but touch wood (touch lots of wood people) I’ve had no blockages which is fab because it was something I was a bit worried about

When it comes to actual going into university, I only had welcome lectures last week so I’ve just started having my proper ones and they seem to be good so far. I had my first criminal lecture today and it was so interesting! I cannot wait to learn even more about it.

So there you have it, my first week of second year at uni! Fingers crossed its up from here and I’ll keep you all up to date

xo

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