Month in Review

monthly round up of what caused problems and resolutions (if found)

June 2019

Month Three.   Stoma wise; I’ve had abit of a rough time with my ostomy. In the days and then weeks following my Vedolizumab at the end of May, I was experiencing very loose output and multiple empties. I had to rely on gelling solutions to get my output thicker so I could manage it in the bag itself and when emptying. It was exhausting. Added to that my IBD was flaring slightly, I found eating hard due to so much nausea. Thankfully, that has now resolved itself but it’s brought alot more sore peristomal skin in my usual place…

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May 2019

Another Month… Stoma wise; I’ve actually had some great improvements in my skin, even with the humid weather! I’ve gotten used to my new deeper convex bag and ordered my new supplies with my new delivery company. I haven’t got to go back for a review for another month, so I am settling down into my old routine of two days with each bag on but I do also have the luxury and freedom to change when I need to as I’m still off sick. IBD wise; I’ve experienced a huge increase in my symptoms. While manage my wound and…

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April 2019

Recover   Stoma wise; we had a few changes during my admission to my stoma – she shrank down in the immediate post op period and I could get away with a couple days without a change. In the weeks since discharge, I’ve had to try new things, including a deeper convexity on my bag. With my seal, without it, but definitely without paste. It does feel like things are creeping back up to the normal before surgery but I have found a two piece bag easier to manage and control my cutting and usage. So whilst I still get…

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March 2019

The Close of a Chapter   Stoma wise; it’s still been a difficult time for little stoma. She probably is acting out before upcoming surgery, because I am back to daily changes. Thankfully, when I got my prescription review with my GP, I had made my decision on what barrier to keep using, and I even got to add in my strong barrier – my applicator one, not just the wipes – to my repeats. I am very happy knowing that I can continue to manage my stoma with adequate supplies. Not just for now, when I am going to…

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February 2019

Being Kept on My Toes   Stoma wise; prescription of my supplies has now been updated but still having some issues. One is the lack of barrier being authorised by my GP – on my to do list for an appointment for my ‘medication and appliance review’ with a GP in mid March. I do have some barrier to use in the meantime; samples from other companies because my previous favourite has been failing alot these last couple weeks. So, whist I wait for my repeat Px to be updated correctly, I will find a new product that suits. So that is my…

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