I am a 36 year old female married to a 39 year old man who has a colostomy after being diagnosed with colon cancer 5 years ago. Since he has had the colostomy he has ended up in the hospital with an abdominal blockage every year, 7-10 times a year. Its really hard to say what triggers it, could be stress, exhaustion, constipation, dehydration, eating something bad, etc, etc. We never know when it can happen and it comes on suddenly and very fast. He usually gets very sick and has to go to ER to get the IV and NG tube and spends the night or a few days. This has always been a very stressful thing for us and especially me, we have 2 young children and its getting harder and harder to cope with these episodes. I live in fear of them happening pretty much all the time. They mean all kinds of things, trouble traveling, cancelled plans, job worries due to sick days and all kinds of things.
I am wondering if anyone has a similar thing going on and if there is a way to prevent it.