Ostomy

all posts regarding my ostomy – Pricilla

10 Festive Tips for Eating and Enjoying Yourself at Christmas with …

Christmas 2017 marks my second festive period with my stoma. Last year, I was just four months into my journey of being ostomate and it felt too soon to give any tips. I was seeing how I coped; seen as it was a new year and not only did I have my stoma to consider but also my IBD. This year, I have much more going on, but I’ve prepared myself. So here are my hints and tips to get through the festive period without major incident: Carry extra supplies and medication. I carry two complete sets of spare ostomy supplies and…

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Ostomy Blockages: How to Cope

It is early December and I am sat here dealing with a problem. A problem which I’ve suffered with in the past and one I will probably suffer with in the future; an partial ostomy blockage. You see, right now, my mind is cast back to those pre surgery talks I had with my IBD team. I wasn’t naive; I knew surgery would be life changing, not only in the foreseeable future, but forever. I would have to adapt to these new set of circumstances. They told me that ostomy surgery recovery would take six to twelve months physically, but…

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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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Why I’m Keeping my Stoma Bag | World Ostomy Day 2017

Today is World Ostomy Day and I’ve been thinking about this topic for a while now. I’ve spoken about why and how I came to have my ostomy quite abit – you can read more under the category ‘ostomy‘ – but recently, I’ve been considered what would happen if I went permanent. You see, my ostomy is technically and surgically temporary. Which means I have my rectum and anus still intact. Part of this is because when I lost my colon to my disease – it literally ate it from the inside out in the Summer of 2016 – I…

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