Ostomy

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Ostomy Uncovered: Blockages

What is a ostomy blockage? An ostomy blockage is when a stoma becomes blocked. This can happen for many reasons, some simple and easy to resolve, others abit more tricky. But, in any circumstances, ostomy blockages should not be taken lightly. Symptoms are: Thin, clear liquid output with foul odour Cramping abdominal pain near the stoma Decrease in amount of…

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Ostomy Uncovered: How to Change a Stoma Bag

Why is this important? If you have a stoma, you will have to become and get use to change your bag. Depending on the type of stoma you have and the type of bag you choose to use, the timing will vary but hopefully below will show you how to do the basics of changing a stoma bag. NB: It’s…

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What Advice do Patients look for Prior to Ostomy Surgery?

Whenever I hear of new ostomates, I always wonder What sort of questions do they ask? How much do they get told? How curious they are? and   What is their medical background? Basically, I wonder how prepared they are. And if that preparation has come from themselves or from healthcare professionals. Because requiring a stoma comes from so many…

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Open Letter to my Stoma

I turned 30 yesterday. Never in my dreams would I have imagined that I would be celebrating such a milestone with an ostomy bag on me. It’s hard to think about the future too much when you have a chronic illness because you’re never quite sure of where and what circumstances might come your way. It certainly gets easier as…

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Ostomy Uncovered: How to Empty a Stoma Bag

Why is this important? If you have an ileostomy you will most likely be using a drainable pouch which will need emptying numerous times a day. Whilst in the beginning, this might feel like a daunting and challenging task, it soon before second nature and routine. Typically, an ileostomate would empty their stoma bag between 6-7 times a day; but…

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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…

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10 Tips for Feeling Comfortable with an Ostomy

I remember the first time that things went wrong with my ostomy and I wondered to myself ‘How am I ever going to feel comfortable with this? How am I ever going to be okay with this?’ I’ve felt similarly when it comes to my IBD, when things didn’t go the way they or myself had hoped or planned they…

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Updated: My Ostomy Appliance Change Routine

It’s been a whole year since I shared my stoma bag change routine. I wish I felt more comfortable to actually show it in a video, but alas, I’m not quite there yet. You’d see it only take a maximum of five minutes on a good day – when the stoma is inactive and I don’t have a peristome rash.…

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