Life Lately | Let’s Talk About… MY STUMP

** WARNING: graphic details about surgery and rectal stumps. NO PHOTOS just words ** Bear with me, this is going to get technical and emotional. Who would have thought a 30cm piece of my insides would cause me so much damn stress and pain? The Story I needed to have another surgery in August 2016 – my subtotal colectomy –…

Ostomy Supporting Products – Paste

What is it? ‘Paste’ refers to a tube or strip of paste which is used as a filler around the stoma. Common selling points can be: Used to fill uneven skin contours near the stoma to create a flatter surface. Used to help prevent output from getting under the baseplate. Helps to provide an ideal surface for your stoma bag…

Life Lately | The Revolving Door of Feelings

“It’s a shame. It’s awful being a grown up. But the carousel never stops turning. You can’t get off.” Hands up, who else feels like this?     I definitely feel this a lot of late. I thought it was just a chronic illness problem; that my life was beginning to be more and more dictated by my illness more…

Ostomy Supporting Products – Barrier

What is it? ‘Barrier’ refers to sprays, wipes and creams that add protection to the peristomal skin. The common aspects and ‘selling points’ of these products are: Creating a thin breathable barrier that protects the skin from damage. This damage commonly comes from the use of adhesives, output from the stoma and friction. They are safe and effective even with…

Side Effects of Medication: When to Call it Quits

“I want you to start taking this” he says, gesturing to the patient leaflet before me, whilst he writes a script “and to understand the risks we have go through today. I think at present, this is going to be of most benefit and we shall review in 3 months time” How many of us have had this conversation with our…

IBD Basics: Prebiotics, Probiotics & Antibiotics

What are Prebiotics? Prebiotics are made up of carbohydrates that your body can’t digest. They exist purely as food for the probiotic bacteria that you’re putting into your body. The use of prebiotics and probiotics together is called microbiome therapy. You don’t need to take a prebiotic for probiotics to work, but taking them might make your probiotics more effective. What…

The What and Why: Calcium

What is Calcium? Calcium is vital mineral, it is important for the health of your teeth and bones. 99% of the calcium in your body is stored there; but calcium also helps the heart, brain, nerves, and muscles, and helps blood clot among other things. Most people are not aware of how they feel when they don’t have enough calcium.…

November Goals

How did October go? Whilst I felt generally well during the month, I also felt very unwell. Not unwell enough to really see my IBD team but enough for it to interfere with working and life. I spent a few days of each week off from work and spent it in bed. Yes, actually resting and sleeping! I know, unheard…

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