Louise Hunt

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December 2018

Anti Climax   Stoma wise; increase in some particular issues – such as watery output, green output and some blood. However, now under control and explainable by the new medications and questions about my ovarian cysts and semi blockages; they have only resulted in a couple of sore moments and increase in my usage. Luckily, I’ve been well prepared and…

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2018 – Year in Review

Hm. It’s been a bit of a wicked one hasn’t it, 2018? It’s been a weirdly complex year since Day One, to be honest. What can be taken from 2018 is that I can take quite a fair bit of the ‘rough’ times; but let’s be honest, rough times shouldn’t be the norm should they? I’ve had to do alot…

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2019 Goals

At the end of 2017, I was recovering from a low blow my health dealt me a couple of months previous and wrote this about my goals for 2018. And whilst I am still a goal orientated and goal driven person, I know that ‘goals’ don’t always fall nicely into a calendar year, nor do they always feel complete. With…

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Ostomy Supporting Products – Information

In previous posts in this series, I’ve explained how to use individual products as well as when to use them. This is called ‘best practice‘ and is something that a Stoma Care Nurse (SCN) should advise you on, if you require any of the individual supporting products. Whilst ostomy supplies in the UK are covered by a ‘exemption’ certificate –…

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Ostomy Supporting Products – Powder

What is it? Stoma powder is a non-medicated powder that is designed to absorb moisture from raw or broken skin surrounding a stoma. It can also be known as stomahesive powder or peristomal skin protection. Common selling points of stoma powder are: Absorbs moisture to lessen the risk of skin irritation Helps form a protective barrier for moist skin which is either…

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Ostomy Supporting Products – Extenders

What is it? “Extender” refers to a product which extends your baseplate on your ostomy appliance. They are often called ‘flange extenders‘ or ‘tape‘ or ‘half moon‘ in more colloquial settings. Common selling points for extenders are: Secures the position of the baseplate and is flexible so it follows your body shape and movements. Shaped to fit other body profiles…

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Crohns & Colitis Awareness Week – December 7th: Not All Superheroes Wear …

Part of the week of daily blogs for #crohnsandcolitisawarenessweek “I’m thankful for my struggle because without it I wouldn’t have stumbled across  my strength”  Somewhat of a cliche now, but it’s a cliche because it’s true. I was diagnosed at 23 when I knew nothing about anything. Sure, I had graduated university, lived away from home, lived in a foreign…

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Crohns & Colitis Awareness Week – December 6th: Surgery – Treatment Option or …

Part of the week of daily blogs for #crohnsandcolitisawarenessweek I went through all medical options before I turned to surgery to help my IBD. Some days I wonder if I left it too long or was it just right? Some days I wonder what would have happened if I had gone for the clinical trial instead of the resection. But…

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