The Colostomy Story

Today, I had to deal the dilemma of me being an experienced neurosurgery nurse, working in a general surgery unit. I worked in an ER and neurosurgery environment for the last seven years, and I knew that I would be faced to deal with some unfamiliar cases in a new work place.


I had a patient with a colostomy. Well, it may sound so simple for some general surgery nurses out there, but it was a big deal for me. It’s not that it was my first time, because I have had several patients with a colostomy. But it was my first time in several years to actually perform colostomy care – to actually touch and clean the stoma.


I was busy with another patient when I heard somebody screaming. When I looked out of my patient’s room, I saw one of my co-nurses coming out from one of my patient’s room. She asked me if the patient in room x is my patient, so I told him yes and asked her what’s wrong. She said the patient was complaining because he was yelling for an hour already and nobody is coming for him.


Since I was finished with my current patient, I decided to check the complaining patient out. I went to his room and I was welcomed with some more yelling. I asked him if he was pressing the bell since that is the proper way of calling a nurse. He said he did but it seemed the bell was not working.


I investigated further, and found out that the bell cord was not attached to the plug. So that was the reason nobody was coming to him. I was successful in trying to pacify him. I asked him what he needed and found out that his colostomy leaked up to his back. He said he was trying to open his colostomy because he felt it was full of air. When he opened it, he got surprised with the contents and everything leaked out and went to his clothes and sheets.


My patient had a colorectal cancer and the surgeons tried to remove the cancerous part of his large intestines. A new opening was made on the left side of his abdomen where his stool can come out, and will be drained to a pouch called colostomy bag.


I checked what I needed to clean him, and after that I told him I need to get some things in the stockroom. When I got into the stockroom, I took some fresh linens, pads, cleaning wipes and saline. To my horror, I found that there were different sizes of colostomy bag. How would I know which one is for my patient? I decided to just bring one from each of the different sizes. I thought it would be safe since I do not have to come back if one size fails.


When I went back to my patient’s room, I checked his colostomy so I could choose which size of bag I would need. To my surprise, none among those I brought were the same as my patient’s. I needed the biggest size which seemed not available because I did not find that size before. I knew I took one sample from each of the sizes I saw.


I went back to the stockroom and searched for the largest size. I did not find any, so I asked one of my seniors. He helped me search until he finally said it was probably out of stock.


I decided to go to another ward and asked for that size. I knew that every minute counts for my patient who was irritable initially. I found the size from another surgical unit and hurriedly went back to my patient.


When I got into my patient’s room, I was greeted by a frown. I explained to him why it took me a bit long to come back, that I needed to get his size from another unit. He seemed dissatisfied with my explanations, so I just tried my best to talk to him nicely.


I detached the old pouch from where it was connected. I placed it in the bathroom since I wanted to save the wire that closes the pouch at the end. I cleansed his stoma with normal saline. After cleaning, I tried to attach the new pouch to the connector. It seemed I could not connect it. It was either I was doing it the wrong way, or I just do not know what I was doing.


While I was trying to attach it, I tried to converse to him to try divert his attention from what I was doing. I explained to him some facts about colostomy, and how to take care of it. I was posing to be a pro with what I was doing, when deep inside, I knew I could not connect the bag. It was hurting him when I pressed harder on the pouch lid.


I then decided to ask help from a co-nurse. God probably heard my heart beating fast, and gave me a colleague just passing by my patient’s door! I asked her to help me attach the colostomy bag. She told me how to do it and watched me do it. It was the same technique as what I was doing before. But she also felt it was difficult doing it that way so she suggested for me to just remove the part that was attached to the skin, and apply a new one. The adhesive part that was touching the skin and the bag should already be connected before sticking it to the skin.


I actually thought of that, but I knew it was the harder way of changing the bag. But now, it seemed there was no other way but to do it that way.


I was successful in applying a new bag on him. I went back to the bathroom and took the wire from the old bag. It was heavily stained with stool so I just tried to clean it. I closed his colostomy bag using that wire.


I wiped him a bit, and brought him to the bathroom after that. I changed his gown and placed new linens on his bed. His mood has changed, and was apologetic about his attitude a while ago. I told him it was pretty understandable for him to get mad in his situation. I left him clean and satisfied with what I have done for him.


In the evening, before I left the unit, I checked him out in his room. He was with his family, and I was introduced to them. I told him that my shift is over and that I was leaving. He asked who’s replacing me, but I was not sure who’s taking care of him next. I saw in his face that he still wanted me to stay for him.


Before I left, he said smilingly “See you on Sunday!”.




60 Responses to “The Colostomy Story”

  1. July 16, 2008 at 9:56 pm

    I could not imagine myself getting into a surgical unit because i really hate the messy stuff such as wounds, colostomies, bedpans. Reading this, i decide that i will not leave ER 🙂


    • 2 Anonymous
      May 1, 2022 at 7:33 pm

      Please help me i been suffering incolostomy for almost 27yrs olease held me its getting bigger and bigger i cant afford the opearation iam construction worker please help me


  2. 3 diego
    July 17, 2008 at 9:56 pm

    A great nurse is one who can be cool in stressful situations! You are one of them!


  3. July 18, 2008 at 4:03 pm

    Yaiiiiks! Ang yucky naman ng topic mo ngayon! But this only shows how difficult our work is as nurses. Kasi akala nung mga nag aaral pa lang, pasosyalan lang ang nursing. Dami kayang kadiri sa work naten… Hirap kumita ng pera noh! Hehehe! Stay cool and humble!


  4. July 19, 2008 at 1:26 am

    On behalf of ostomy patients everywhere, thank you for going the distance for your patient I am an ostomate of 17 years and the president-elect of the United Ostomy Associations of America. We get calls and emails frequently from patients who’ve had bad experiences with health care professionals who are not specialized in ostomy care and are ignorant to the needs of the patient with bowel or bladder diversions. Your ability to remain calm, despite your own apprehensions, surely did wonders to increase this gentleman’s comfort and acceptance of his ostomy, and make what could have been a terribly embarrassing and uncomfortable interaction a positive one.
    Kudos to you!

    Kristin Knipp
    President-elect, UOAA


  5. 6 digitalcatharsis
    July 19, 2008 at 6:01 pm

    Hi Kristin! It is an honor indeed to have you on my page! I am trying to read more on ostomies so I would be a real pro next time. I would love to see my patients satisfied with what I do to them. Thanks for having the time reading my story!

    Hi Marcus! Yup, stay in ER.

    Hi Diego! Thanks for the complement!

    Hi Marc! Yup you were right. I had some nursing students last year who do not really know what they are getting into. I had to make them realize that the job is not all about money. It is about dedication to your patient’s wellness.


  6. July 19, 2008 at 7:03 pm

    hi nelson! i knew you would become a very good nurse eversince i got to work with you when we were younger 🙂 you have the compassion and heart for people in need. keep up the good work!


  7. 8 felmarie
    September 15, 2009 at 8:10 pm

    I really like your story and I appreciate how you manage to take care of those kind of patients. I learned something about colostomy, I hope to hear a lot of inspiring stories about colostomy and on how to manage it. Keep up the good work!!!


  8. 9 digitalcatharsis
    September 16, 2009 at 5:33 am

    Thanks for dropping some comments, Felmarie! I really appreciate it!


  9. 10 karen joy hondonero
    October 9, 2009 at 6:25 pm

    hi.. as i was reading your story i was kinda amazed and proud of you.. i am still a student nurse .. and presently studying here at the philippines.. i was so tired of my duties and thought to stop my course.. i’m a graduating student and i am afraid to face consequences like this but still i’m trying to boost myself to face and go for it!! you really inspired me.. thanks ..


  10. 11 karen joy hondonero
    October 9, 2009 at 6:40 pm

    sir may i have your email add.???continue inspire others po..


  11. 12 digitalcatharsis
    October 11, 2009 at 5:08 am

    Hi Karen! Thanks for dropping some notes! I am glad to inspire nursing students such as you. For more of my nursing stories, go to “Categories” on the right side column of my site, then click NURSING. This will lead you to my nursing adventure stories. Hope you like them.

    My email ad is nelson_0628@yahoo.com. Hope to see you again here.


  12. 13 phantomtraveller
    June 26, 2010 at 10:26 am

    I am a little clueless about colostomy bags and was asked by a cousin to buy one. I was surfing to find out whether it does come in sizes and your article answered my question: that they indeed come in sizes. Now, I just need to find out the exact size of my uncle’s pouch.

    I want to commend you for going the extra mile to help the patients. Kasi, before I went online, I called a Mercury Drug branch trying to find out for the STANDARD colostomy bag sizes. The lady who answered kept saying this is our AVAILABLE sizes. I then, told her that regardless of what they have on-hand, I wanted to know the STANDARD sizes. I said goodbye and put down the phone thinking: either she doesn’t know the difference between STANDARD and AVAILABLE sizes, or she’s one of those many who is not very much into helping people.


  13. 14 digitalcatharsis
    June 27, 2010 at 11:16 am

    Hi PHANTOMTRAVELLER, thanks for dropping by the site. I can’t speak for the Mercury Drug lady, but she was probably telling you that there are no standard sizes. Stomas can come in different sizes. I wished she could have explained better so you are not left disappointed.


  14. 15 drpravin
    September 2, 2010 at 3:43 pm

    good stuff. can help students.


  15. 16 Peter Silva
    September 4, 2010 at 5:25 am

    Not everyone knows everything about nursing a patient and surely, your ability to remain calm and confident gave your patient reassurance that everything was okay. I wish more nurses will be like you.


  16. 17 digitalcatharsis
    September 10, 2010 at 6:58 pm

    Hi DRPRAVIN, thanks for coming!
    Hi PETER SILVA, thanks a lot!


  17. June 18, 2011 at 1:28 pm

    isa kang matapang na tao talaga..hays nung nanganak nga ako I ma super blessed to have nurse who assist me na understading..gosh..kawawa sya sa akin kasi..everytime na sasakit tiyan ko i press her hand..hahahaha..sakit kaya nun..


  18. June 22, 2011 at 5:39 pm

    Not everyone can handle such pressure. A lot of patients become irritable in their discomforts, and it is understandable that a nurse must keep his composure. I’m glad you’re a nurse who doesn’t make snide remarks or answer the patients rudely when in that situation.


  19. June 24, 2011 at 10:30 pm

    whoa! I salute you for being a brave one… ngayon ko lang din na realize na di pala basta2x ang work nyo… yay! ang daming mga aspiring nurses dito sa atin at nakikita ko na ang hirap ng trabaho.


  20. June 25, 2011 at 3:38 am

    sana lahat ng nurses ay katulad mo, sabi ang pinoy ofws daw ay very professional when working abroad, globally competitive baga..sana kahit d2 din sa pinas, lahat ng workers practiced diligence and and as hardworking as all the others.


  21. 23 kat
    June 28, 2011 at 9:47 am

    ang galing mo..kaya mong magpigil ng inis…ako noon, irritable na ako, kaya di talaga ako pwedeng mag nurse…tsaka yong mga “errrrr” thing…di ko din kaya…kakaloka sa sikmura hehe


  22. June 28, 2011 at 7:30 pm

    hindi talaga madali ang trabaho mo.. ang hirap kaya alagaan ang pasyente gaya nitong naging patient mo. It all needs a lot of PATIENCE.


  23. March 5, 2012 at 4:47 pm

    Magandang araw po sa inyong lahat! Nais ko pong ibahagi sa inyo itong aming naging karanasan para sa aming anak.
    Ako po si Elbert Catacutan, Ama ni Jehdeiah Elbert G. Catacutan; siya ay ipinanganak sa Baptist Aklan Hospital noong June 18, 2011. Gusto ko pong ishare ang aming naging karanasan nang siya ay ipanganak na may birth defect gaya ng kawalan ng butas sa puwet: tinatawag ng mga doctor na ‘imperforate anus‘.

    -Masayang masaya ako nang ipanganak si baby Jed. Ngunit ang kasiyahang ito ay napalitan ng kalungkutan, dahil sa ospital ay hindi napansin ng mga nurse o ng doctor na nagpaanak sa asawa ko na walang butas ang puwetan ng oras na iniluluwal sa sinapupunan ng asawa ko si baby Jed, nandun ako sa loob ng operating room para magbigay suporta sa kaniya. 12 hours ang lumipas hindi pa dumumi si baby hanggang umabot ang dalawang araw hindi pa din nakadumi hindi na nag usisa ang mga nurse kung bakit wala pang dumi kaya dinischarge na kami at pinauwi sa bahay. Nangamba ako pagdating sa bahay kasi alam ko na lason yun kaya dapat ilabas yun ng baby.. Ala una ng madaling araw halos hindi kami makatulog ng asawa ko, tinignan ulit namin ang diaper nya kung may dumi nagsuspetsa na ako na baka walang butas ang puwet kaya tinignan ko at wala nga gaya ng hinala ko dali dali kami nag impake at tinawag yung kaibigan ng bayaw ko na may sasakyan para arkilahin at magpahaqtid sa ospital ngunit umabot pa ang isang oras wala pa din makontak kya pinuntahan ng bayaw ko yung isa pa niyang kilala pero lasing daw kaya hindi kaya magmaneho pero nung mabalitaan niya na kailangan namin dalhin agad ang bata sa ospital ay sapalaran siya tutal daw medyo wala na yung hilo niya. sinundo nya kami sa bahay at hinihatid sa ospital ng ligtas mula sa malayong lugar na mabundok . Dali dali naman ipinatawag ng nurse si doc. nang malaman nila na walang butas ang baby at ng makita ni doc nagulat siya at medyo kinabahan kaya sinabihan niya kami na irerefer sa Kalibo. Sa oras din yun naglagay si doctora ng NGT sa baby para hindi magsuka dahil medyo matigas na ang tiyan at malayo pa ang biyahe. Malakas ang ulan ng mga pagkakataong iyon pero naghanap ako ng Van na masasakyan namin papunatng Kalibo Provincial Hospital.

    Dumating kami sa Provincial eksaktong 1las 6:00 ng umaga at nag pa confined na agad kami dala ang refferal letter. Nag-aalala kami dahil ilang oras pa ang lumipas ay hindi pa din dumating ang doctor surgery. Ilang bese ako nagtanong tanong sa mga nurse at sa wakas alas onse ng umaga ay dumating si Doc.Tinignan niya yung kundisyon ng bata. kung may konting butas ba yung puwet o talagang wala. habang dinadiagnose ni doc ay lubhang nag-aalaal ang asawa ko at nag aalangan kung itutuloy pa namin ito dahil halos walang pahinga at matamlay na hinang hina na siya mula ng ipanganak na ang bata at wala halos tulog at pahinga.
    Hindi ko ipinakita sa kaniya na ako man ay nanghihina din ang kalooban. Sinabi ko na kailangan ituloy ito kung hindi mamamtay ang bata at konsensya natin ito kung hindi natin agad ipapaopera.

    Ang totoo kasi, hirap din kami sa financial kaya naghalo na din ang takot at pangamba kung saan kami hahagilap ng pera. Kahit na di alam kung saan kukuha ng pera ay ipinatuloy namin ang operasyon Sabi ko sa asawa ko hindi tayo pababayaan ng Diyos, hapon tinignan kung may konting butas kaya pina x-ray ang baby, posterior at lateral position pati na din inverto gram takot na takot at awang awa sa anak ko dahil sa mura niyang edad na halos wala pang isang linggo ay ganun na ang dinanas.nanginginig ang kamay ko habang hinahawakan siya ng patiwarik para sa invertogram.. hindi lang tatlong beses ginawa dahil sobrang lakas ng bata at pumipiglas totoong tumutulo ang luha ko, sa pagkakataong iyon hindi ko na pinasama asawa ko nanatili na lang siya sa room para hindi mag alala. Pagkatapos ng resulta ng x-ray agad akong kinausap ni doc. ukol sa surgery at ipinaliwanag niya sa akin ang gagawin niya. dahil walang butas sinabi niya na may tatlong type ng ganito. 1: low type, 2: medium at panghuli ang high type. kung low type at may butas mas madali daw ito pero dahil walang butas kahit konti nakita sa result na high type. Kaya kailangan gumawa ng colostomy. Nagkaroon kami ng konting pag asa dahil sabi ni doc hindi naman daw ganun kahirap gawin iyon at less fatal at well experienced na siya sa mga ganung kaso inalakala namin na kami lng ang may ganung kaso pero sabi niya napakadami din ganyan hindi lng sa bata pati din sa matanda.Natulala ako nang sabihin niya yunat kahit paano ay binigyan kami ng lakas ng loob.

    Kinagabihan ng alas onse ay dinala na siya sa operating room. Naghintay ako sa labas hanggang matapos ito halos dalawang oras At sa wakas ay lumabas si doc. at sinabi na ok na siya tapos na ang operasyon. Yung sobrang kaba ko ay napalitan iyon ng konti kasiyahan bagaman ang totoo maraming pa siyang hirap na mararanasan. pagkalipas ng kalahating oras ay nilabas na si baby Jed sa operating room at dinala sa kwarto.Pagkakita namin kay baby muli na naman kami nanghina dahil sa dami ng tube na nakalagay sa kaniya. Mayron siyang NGT at Oxygen,Tapos may dextrose tsaka tither sa kaniyang ari bukod pa sa kaniyang stoma sa tiyan. Tulog si baby sobra isang araw na hindi minumulat ang mga mata at naninilaw kaya nilagay sa incubator na may walong ilawan para mainitan ang balat. Nangamba agad ang asawa ko at iyak ng iyak bakit daw ito nangyari sa amin lalo na sa aming anak. Sabi ko may layunin siya kung bakit niya ito itinulot sa atin lakasa mo lang ang loob at laging magtiwala sa kaniyang banal na magagawa. Umabot kami nang halos 2 linggo at araw-araw ay madaming gamot na nilalagay sa kaniya. Lumobo ang bill namin sa ospital maliban pa sa private doc na nagopera at mga kasama niya. Sa awa at tulong ng Diyos ay bumuhos ang madaming tulong mula sa aming mga kasamahn sa trabaho bagaman maliit ay malaking tulong na din at nakabawas ng alalahanin at maging ang aming mga mahal sa buhay ay tumulong din financial man o hindi… Salamat na lang at may Philhelath kaya medyo nakabawas din ng bayarin..

    Sa ngayon si baby ay nagpapalakas na dahil sabi ni doc ay muli siyang ooperahan para ilipat sa pwet pag nasa hustong gulang na siguro pag nasa 2years old na. Tinanong ko agad si doc kung magkano kaya ang magiging gastos para dun. Ang sabi niya maghanda na lang daw dahil medyo malaki yun at marami naman na institusyun na maaring lapitan para sa mga taong may ostomates kagaya ni baby Jehdeiah.. Upang makatipid kami sa pag irrigate ng kaniyang dumi ay tinuruan kami ni doc. na gumawa ng colostomy bag. ginawa ko yung bigkis ng bata nilagyan ko ng butas sa gitna na sakto sa kaniyang stoma, nilagyan ko ito ng plastic ng tubig at nilagyan ng hypoallergenic micropore tape para hindi mag infection at ointment na calmoseptine cream para sa paligid ng kaniyang stoma. Sa isang araw ay halos 6 hanggang sampung bigkis na improvised colostomy bag ang nagagamit ni baby. Totoong matrabaho at kailangan ng sakripisyo. dahil pareho kami nagtatrabaho bagaman si misis ay naka leave pa din.Kailangan namin mag ipon para sa susunod na operasyon ng aking asawa. Bago kami bumalik sa trabaho ay itinuro namin mabuti sa aming biyenan na sanay na sanay mag alalga ng bata dahil dati na siyang namasukan bilang kasambahay.

    Salamat sa Diyos na patuloy na gumagabay sa amin sa kabila ng mabigat na suliranin na aming naranasan; sabi nga ” Hindi tayo bibigyan ng pagsubok nang ating Panginoon Diyos kung hindi natin ito kaya” Magtiwala at umasa parati sa kaniya..
    Nawa’y nakapag dulot po ako ng konting inspirasyon sa sinumang makababasa nito na may ganito din karanasan.maari ninyo din pong ishare at magtutulong tulong po tayo ukol dit sa abot ng ating makakaya. Anu man pong comment at suggestion ay malugod ko pong tatanggapin lalo na po at may susunod pa na operasyon para kay baby na aming pinaghahandaan.


    • March 5, 2012 at 5:08 pm

      Hi Elbert. Salamat sa pag share mo ng iyong kuwento tungkol sa iyong anak. Humanga ako sa iyong katatagan. Isa kang inspirasyon. Napakasuwerte ni Baby Jed dahil mayroon syang magulang na hindi basta sumusuko. Alam kong marami pa kayong pagdaraanan ng iyong anak at asawa. Pagkatapos maisagawa ang operasyon sa kanyang puwitan, ang susunod naman na operasyon ay ang pagsasara ng colostomy. Dalangin ko na bigyan pa kayo ng ibayong lakas at tatag upang maharap ang mga pagsubok sa inyong buhay.
      May email din akong ipapadala sa yo privately. Pakicheck na lang 🙂


      • October 7, 2012 at 4:57 pm

        Thanks for sa pagreply.
        Medyo matagal ako hindi nakapg post dito anyway as of this time waiting na kami ni baby Jehd sa final operation this coming Mrch 2013. Sobrang likot na ngayon ni Jehd at talagang takbo ng takbo sa Beach. madalas yung damit niya mapuno ng popo dahil malikot kumilos pero ok lang sa amin.


        • October 23, 2012 at 7:27 am

          Nice to hear that, Elbert! Sana maging smooth ang operation ni baby Jehd. We’ll pray for him!


          • October 25, 2016 at 4:38 pm

            Sir elbert the same story po tayo ganyan din sa anak ko untill now d pa na operahan sa pangalawa at pangatlong opera mag 2years old na si baby den this coming nov 11 2016.. ang nadaanan mong pag alala at kahirap pariho tayo..nong pag xray na nang anak ko doun din ako parang gustong bumigày pero nilakasan ko loub ko kasi ang asawa baka d rin nya kakayanin. Sa awa nang dios nandoun c doc ybañes isang napaka bait na doctor kasama nang kanyang manga kasamang nurse dahil lagpas na sa oras kasi 2dàys na ang bata d tumae d na nya kami ni refer sa cagayan de oro general hospital sapagkat ozamis city pa kami manggaling..d ko alam kong pdea specialist s doc kasi sabi nya malalaking na daw na operahan nya nang ganon. Pero thank full kami kasi pinapriority nya kami sa pag bakante nang OR ksi siningitan nya ang naka schedule sa OR tas d pa nya duty that time tinawagan lng cya sa clinic nya…maraming salamat sa manga doctor at nurses isa kayo sa manga buhay na hero….


          • 30 Aileene bernabe
            September 3, 2019 at 10:38 pm

            Hi baka po matulungan niyo ako baka po meron kayi kakilala na dating wlanv butas ang pwet na naoperahan n at malki na gusto ko po sna makausap sila para makakalap ng idea paano nila nilampsan ang kawalan ng pmigil s pgdumi my anak ako 8/yrs old n till now nkdiaper p rin dhil operado n siya wl din sya butas s pwet nung baby ngyon wl n po sya pamigil sna matulungan niyo ako


  24. 31 rowena rubi
    April 17, 2012 at 2:32 pm

    ako si weng rubi ng san mateo rizal, gaya ng kay elbert nanganak ako ng march 21 2012. si jhen rowen rubi ang name nya pinanganak ko din sya na walang butas ang pwet katulad ng reaksyon ni elbert natakot at nagtanong di ako kung bakit ko sya naipanganak na my deperensya samantalang lahat ng aking anak ay normal kong pinanganak. tama my plano si lord sa lahat ng bagay na binibigay nya sa atin at hindi nya ibibigay sa atin kung hindi natin kaya ang mga bagay na ito. sa ngayon sa tagiliran sya dumudumi nahihirapan din kami sa pagbili ng colostomy bag dahil masyado mahal at di namin kaya bumili palagi ng colostomy bag. hindi man lang kmi tinuruan ng doktor kung pano gumawa ng artipisyal na colostomy bag. ELBERT PANO MO BA GINGAWA ANG BIGKIS AT PLASTIK NG YELO. AT UNG CREME NA NILALAGAY MO. THANKS


    • 32 nelson RN
      April 18, 2012 at 7:05 am

      Hi ROWENA. Natutuwa ako dahil sa kabila ng pagsubok na dumarating sa iyong buhay, nananatili kang matatag at naniniwala na ang lahat ay nakaplano ayon sa kagustuhan ni Lord. After ng creation ng colostomy, and next surgery na gagawin kay Jhen Rowen ay paggawa ng butas sa puwitan nya. And then later ay ang pagsara ng colostomy. Sana manatili kayong matatag para sa inyong anak.


      • 33 rowena rubi
        August 1, 2014 at 3:03 pm

        isang mapagpalang araw po ,pasensya na po at ako ay ngayon lang nakapagreply . ngayon kolang nabasa na kayo po pala ay nagreply sa aking sulat. hanggang sa ngayon po ay nanatili po kaming matatag mag-asawa at mga anak ko sa binigay sa amin ni lord na si jhen rowen. dipo sya pedeng operahan at mabutasan ang kanyang pwet hangang di pa naaayos ang kanyang puso nakita po kasi sa kanyang medical result na ung apat na butas nya sa puso ng sya ay ipinanganak lumaki ang isang butas. sa ngayon po ay nakapila kami sa heart center.para sa kanyang puso. pero mabait parin sa amin si lord. 2 years old na si jhen ngayon kung titingnan mo sya ay para syang walang sakit.kaya lang naawa na kami dahil alam ko hirap narin sya sa colostomy nya minsan kasi my irritaion dahil sa sugat sa paligid ng colo nya. maraming salamat at mayroon ganito website na nakakaibsan ng bigat ng aming nararamdaman at mayroon kaming napapagsabihan ng aming problem sa buhay salamat po…………… god bless us


        • August 5, 2014 at 4:52 pm

          Lakasan nyo lamang po ang inyong loob para kay Jhen. Kasama kayo sa.aking mga dasal. I wish all the best para sa inyong pamilya.


        • October 13, 2014 at 2:46 pm

          hi good evening rowena pwede mo po ibigay yun number nyo ako po ay ganyan din ang kalagayan nun maliit pa ako pero malaki pinagbago nun naoperahan ako ng ako ay nasa wastong gulang hanggang ngayon maayos na po ang aking kapansanan sana makatulong po ako sa inyo pwede po pakibigay number nyo at para magkausap tayo salamat po


          • October 13, 2014 at 2:49 pm

            more than 20 yrs before ako naging maayos dahil hinintay pa ng pamilya ko bago ako maoperahan pero sa tingin ko mas maganda na ngayon ang mga gamit ng hospital kumpara nun mga early 90’s at isa pa mas magagaling na ang mga doctor ngayon kesa nun


    • October 7, 2012 at 4:53 pm

      To Rowena:
      Thanks for the reply.
      Kung need mo pa ng help kung paano gumawa ng colostomy bag. yung bigkis ng bata lagyan mo ng butas sa gitna tapos ifold mo yung plastic ng yelo at lagyan ng tape para di magleak. yung cream na ginagamit namin ay calmoseptine. 35 pesos kada isa pero konti konti lng pag gamit nmn nun. mabisa yung cream na yun. kapg madalas nmn na basa yung popo nya lagyan mo lng ng bulak sa loob ng plastic pra ma absorbed niya then palitan agad kapg may dumi na para hindi mag irritate yung skin.

      Good news for my son Jehdeiah Elbert although his second operation for PSARP was revised due to leakage sa iloilo doctors hospital noong nakaraan April nilagyan siya ng butas sa pwet tapos inulit nga kya nagdoble gastos dahil dumeretcho yung popo nya na hindi pa dapat daanan. isa pa madalas mag prolapsed yung coloctomy niya. kaya nung June dun din sa hospital na iyon ay inayos ni Doc ROBERTO LOZADA. Pediatric Surgeon. Kada buwan pumupunta kami sa clinic para palitan yung dilator niya na stainless para hindi mag close yung anus niya. Araw araw ginagawa ko yung pagdidilate. Sa ngayon naghihintay kami sa final operation niya dapat sana ay sa NOV 2012 kaya lang pinamove ni DOC ng March 2013 para mas mahaba daw ang preparation at mas maganda ang paghilom ng pwetan niya. Sa ngayon siya ay lumalakad na at parang walang deperensya.
      I thanks God for being good to us even though the trials are so difficult; but i know he always guided us.
      Let us put our trust in him no matter what happened in our life co’z God has always in good purpose.


      • October 23, 2012 at 7:29 am

        I’m happy to hear this. Hindi magaganap lahat ng improvements na ito kung hindi dahil sa parents ni Jehd. Saludo ako sa inyo!


        • November 13, 2014 at 7:41 pm

          S lht ng tao tumulong. Kapitbhay ksmahn s trbho ng aswa q mrming slmt.next operation ni bhby jeff 2017 humingi poh aq s lht ng prayer …n sna mging ok dn ang next operation.


      • 40 Anonymous
        November 13, 2014 at 7:22 pm

        Ako c jonalyn gomez follow us jonalyn_jushua@yahoo.com alm q kng gnu khirap dhl my isa aq anak cia ay boy ..jefferson name nya huwag poh typ mwaln ng pgasa kht s dami ng puyat at luha ang nasasayang sa gabi gabi q dhl malapit n ooperahan n c bhby jef ang bilis ng panahon kht ngwan n cia ng labasan ng dumi. nananaig prin sn ang takot at pgaalala


      • November 13, 2014 at 7:31 pm

        Aq poh c jonalyn gomez alm q kng gnu khirap …dhl my isa aq anak cia ay boy ..jefferson name nya huwag poh tyo mwaln ng pgasa kht s dami ng puyat at luha ang nasasayang sa gabi gabi q dhl malapit n ooperahan n c bhby jef ang bilis ng panahon kht ngwan n cia ng labasan ng dumi. nananaig prin sn ang takot at pgaalala slmt dhl mginhawa n cia dumudumi.always praye s next operation ..kmi herap dn kmi s buhy kht my utang p kmi s ospital sna tngpin pren kmi s next operation dhl nung bgo operahan c bhby jeff umasa lng tlga kmi s mga financia at philhealt constranstion ang aking asawa sna mtpos n ung utang nmen s doctor n ngopera s anak q at pra s next operation nmn ang pglalaanan nmen slmt doc martinez from pasig wg n wg poh tyo mwawln ng pgasa


    • October 13, 2014 at 3:51 pm

      mas malaki po ang pwede ko ma advise sa inyo dahil 20 yrs ko po dinala ang kapansanan yan na nagbigay sakin at nagdulot ng pagkahiya sa lipunan andun yun hindi mawala panlalait ng ibang bata at tuksuhan sa bawat taong nakakalam ng kapansanan mo .kaya malaking dagok sa anak ninyo ang problemang yan kaya pls hayaan nyo mabigyan ko ng kahit ano klasing turo oh gagawin kayo sa anak nyo


      • 43 Roselyn olita
        February 2, 2017 at 4:55 pm

        Hello po aq c roselyn olita…paturo po aq ng mga tips qng pamu i handle mabuti ang anak q…wala.din po kc butas pwet ng amak q ka2anak q lng po nong october 16 worried2 po aq sa case ng anak q ngaun kc sabi po ng iba namamatay ang ibang mayrun nito…pa pm nlng pi aa fb salamat po


      • 44 Aileenebernabe
        September 3, 2019 at 10:43 pm

        Pwede ba kita makilala mau anak ako katulad mo 8/yrs old n siya at untill now nkdiaper p rin kc nhihirapan siya s pagdumi dhil wla siya pamigil paani mo nlampsan ang ganito stage? Sna mkilala kita im aileene bernabe sana makausap kita


  25. August 30, 2012 at 6:33 am

    Nelson, what a tough situation to have to be in. Good for you being level-headed and calm with a patient in such an awkward position.


  26. December 15, 2013 at 7:52 pm

    Hi Nelson,
    When you began to follow my blog, I came over here to check out yours and found this post.
    I had surgery for what was thought to be colitis (it’s actually Crohn’s) in 1982 — while they joined up my ileum to my rectum, I had a colostomy and a bag for a few months.

    Let me tell you, you handled the situation beautifully. Seriously. As a patient, it is scary to be dealing with something so different when you don’t know what to do and you don’t really want it to begin with! Calm, efficiency always helps. And you know, if you don’t know what to do, asking for help rather than making the patient suffer longer is exactly the right thing to do. As I recall, the stoma site burns and itches terribly.



  27. January 4, 2014 at 12:21 am

    My dad has colorectal cancer and will be undergoing a surgery this coming Monday. Thanks for sharing this.


  28. March 20, 2016 at 12:39 pm

    hi guys,
    may anak din akong may imperforate anus feb 23 2016 ko siya isinilang,tanong kulang sabi kasi ng doctor na kadalasan daw ng may ganitong case ay naging mongoloid ang bata…tanong kulang sa inyo na may case na ganito..totoo ba?kasi wala pa kasi 1month ang anak ko..at natatakot ako sa sinabi ng doktor..kawawa naman anak kung ganun.


  29. 54 Anonymous
    May 5, 2016 at 8:08 pm

    magandang gabi po ako po si roselyn largo my pamangkin po ako walang butas ang puwit kapanganak lang po ng asawa niya nong may 3 hihingi po sana kami ng tulong para sa opirasyon ng baby.Naawa na po ako sa kapatid ko hindi nya na po alam kung saan siya hihingi ng tulong.DIYOS KO TULUNGAN NYO KAMI


  30. 55 Anonymous
    October 22, 2017 at 9:21 pm

    ako po si ruth novero ay humingi din ng tulong dahil nanganak po ang aking kapatid ngyon lang walang pong butas pwet ng baby isama nyo kami sa mga prayers nyo na malagpasan din nami eto at hindi mahirapan si baby sa operation


  31. 56 Alex
    December 23, 2017 at 11:45 am

    Good day.. May anak po ako Na pinanganak Na maliit naman ang butas sa pwet.. Napansin lang namin pag pumupupu siya konti lang ang lumalabas.. Halos malaki PA ang ipot ng manok. Kaya worried a
    Kami ng asawa ko. PA advice naman po kung anong kundisyon ang kaso ng anak ko..


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