Ostomy

all posts regarding my ostomy – Pricilla

Stoma Nurses; What makes them so important?

A couple weeks ago I got the chance to interview my  stoma nurse about her job role; this is Q & A with Nicola Jennings: Stoma Care Nurse at Good Hope Hospital in the Heart of England NHS Trust. What is a stoma nurse? The title for the role at the hospital I work is ‘Colorectal Specialist Nurse’, this incorporates stoma…

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Life Lately | Stoma and Ostomy Lifestyle

So, I’ve been doing a lot of specific blog posts on ostomy advice and milestones. What I haven’t been really talking about is what is going on with me, personally. After my first surgery, we had a game plan on what I was going to achieve and when. This included how well I was going to recover, how I would…

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What I’ve Learnt after Six Months with an Ileostomy

    “I’ve learnt that this learning experience isn’t over and won’t ever really be over. And that is okay. I am fine with these challenges because I know I can do them, whatever my stoma throws my way.” Extract from my November post “What I’ve Learnt After Three Months with an Ileostomy” ***   Six months. Half a year.…

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My Ostomy Appliance Change Routine

I’ve had my ostomy for six months now. And throughout that time, I’ve been getting used to and getting more comfortable with changing my appliance. From the first couple of days that my ostomy existed, I was on TPN and hooked up to my feed for the majority of the time. I would have my stoma nurse come and change…

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Sometimes; it just hits you, hard

How long does it take you to accept something?  I’d be lying if I said I hadn’t be terrified to see my stoma. The first time I got to see it, I was high on morphine and was desperately trying to understand what was coming out of me and what I was attached to. PICC line? Check. PCA pump? Check. Catheter?…

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My Tips for Eating with an Ostomy

I’m coming up to six months with my wonderful ileostomy, Pricilla. It’s not always been a great relationship but I saw quite quickly how she was going to make my life with my chronic illness so much better, I’ve accepted her being here and being here permanently. What has always been important to me is food. Always. Ever since I…

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Part of Coloplast: Charter – Ordering Ostomy Supplies

I was introduced to Charter as part of my pre-op care from my stoma nurses. They recommended the service for several reasons: Supplies could be order online, 24/7 They have the largest availability of products from a variety of companies Their delivery was discreet. Almost all new ostomates from the hospital would recommend Charter for their level of professionalism, knowledge…

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Forgetting about ‘The IBD’ and *all* that Anger

So it was Tuesday night and the boyfriend and I were discussing the previous day’s appointment with my surgeon. As much as I respect the logic and reasoning behind my surgeon’s need to keep me under his care and continue to test me – to make sure the Crohn’s is under control or if not, seeking the correct treatment option…

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