The “What is a Stoma?” Series – Part V

Welcome to Part V in my new blog series on “What is a Stoma?”  This instalment covers practical hints and tips for managing a stoma in the immediate post op recovery period as well as some long term advice. It also covers the importance of abdominal exercises, some simple dietary advice upon first eating with your stoma follow discharge from hospital, some stoma supplies advice on how to store and manage the products in a practical and daily way. Following on from that will be some more about the mental health aspects of living with a stoma and things to consider. This…

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The “What is a Stoma?” Series – Part IV

Welcome to Part IV in my new blog series on “What is a Stoma?”  This instalment covers the ostomy appliances, their accessories, how to obtain your prescription and your options for getting hold of your supplies. There are some differences in appliances depending on your type of stoma and some instances when it might be different, but otherwise this advice and information is for all types of stomas.  This is information for those living in the UK. Some differences may occur in Northern Ireland and depending on your location in the UK with prescription services, and some items aren’t yet…

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The “What is a Stoma?” Series – Part III

Welcome to Part III in my new blog series on “What is a Stoma?”  This instalment covers the question of what exactly having a stoma feels like, possible diet & lifestyle changes, potential complications and considerations of living with a stoma and where to get access to support & advice for coping with having a stoma. The information below I have complied from various sources including current ostomates of all types. I hope that this show the wide variation in how each type of stoma is dealt with; not only medically but on a personal & emotional level too.  This…

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The “What is a Stoma?” Series – Part II

Welcome to Part II in my new blog series on “What is a Stoma?”  This instalment covers the Digestive System 101, why and when stomas are needed as well as how they are formed surgically. Hopefully this gives you some insight into the many different reasons why stomas come to be, a basic but solid understand in the digestive system before I talk surgery!  This is not an extensive list of why, when and how stomas are created but that of the most common. Comments are welcomed, enjoy! xox Why Stomas are Needed The Digestive System Above is a diagram…

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The “What is a Stoma?” Series – Part I

Welcome to my new blog series on “What is a Stoma?” This is aimed as providing educational information about why, how and when ostomies are formed; dispelling common mistakes and myths surrounding them, giving advice on how to manage the basics of a stoma, navigating ostomy supplies as well as exploring not only physical landscape of living with a stoma but the mental challenges too. Over the next five Tuesdays, I will be sharing the information I have gathered and produced in a simple and understandable manner. I currently live with a stoma and have done for a little over…

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