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If there’s one thing gives me the hump,
it’s mucus from my rectal stump.
They did not tell me this would be
a side–effect of ostomy.
With no faeces coming through,
no way did I expect this goo.
It is so inconvenient
that I am still incontinent.
I thought that this would be all cured,
once my ostomy matured.
However, it’s not gone away
and I fear it’s here to stay.
Sometimes brown and sometimes white,
but mixed with blood is never right.
Then there’s yellow and there’s cream,
which will flood out like a stream.
Sometimes it’s soft and sometimes hard,
sometimes it’s slippery just like lard.
Occasionally I’ll get a chunk,
but mostly it will look like gunk.
The mucus used to irritate
and refused to irrigate.
That method didn’t work so well,
although it minimised smell.
When I reflect I must admit,
sometimes I get fed up with it.
For I was not expecting this,
every time I have a piss.
With both a plug and ‘inco’ pad,
you’d think it would not feel so bad.
But I still moan and I will grump
about the mucus from my stump.
Reproduced by kind permission of Bill Withers.
RECTAL STUMP MUCUS
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