Ostomy

all posts regarding my ostomy – Pricilla

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 important to note that whilst closed pouches (bags) will always be changed when full, drainable and urostomy pouches are best changed went empty. This is, of course, personal preference at the end of the day, but an empty drainable or…

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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 different medical conditions, I’m trying to go with the assumption that the background information known prior to needing surgery is minimal; that this new circumstance is one of unfamiliar territory. So I posed the below question on Twitter to get some…

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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 you become ‘used’ to it all, but you won’t ever feel completely without your illness. My ostomy has taken away quite alot of that ‘I’m not able to plan for the future‘ feeling because I find my IBD much better…

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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 this is dependent on the consistency of the output, Most SCNs would like ileostomates to have a consistency like porridge but for some, this isn’t always achievable. Step by Step Guide This is the typical set up if you are…

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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 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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