Ostomy Supporting Products – Information

In previous posts in this series, I’ve explained how to use individual products as well as when to use them. This is called ‘best practice‘ and is something that a Stoma Care Nurse (SCN) should advise you on, if you require any of the individual supporting products. Whilst ostomy supplies in the UK are covered by a ‘exemption’ certificate –…

Ostomy Supporting Products – Powder

What is it? Stoma powder is a non-medicated powder that is designed to absorb moisture from raw or broken skin surrounding a stoma. It can also be known as stomahesive powder or peristomal skin protection. Common selling points of stoma powder are: Absorbs moisture to lessen the risk of skin irritation Helps form a protective barrier for moist skin which is either…

Hello! My name is Louise and I have Crohn’s Disease, a form of Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD).

I was diagnosed in September 2011 after months of symptoms that didn’t really make much sense. In the years since; I’ve had many hospital admissions, tried all of the medication options open to me at the time but chose to have surgery in 2016 to remove a large narrowing in my small bowel. Three months later, I had my colon removed and I now have a temporary ileostomy.

Ostomy Supporting Products – Extenders

What is it? “Extender” refers to a product which extends your baseplate on your ostomy appliance. They are often called ‘flange extenders‘ or ‘tape‘ or ‘half moon‘ in more colloquial settings. Common selling points for extenders are: Secures the position of the baseplate and is flexible so it follows your body shape and movements. Shaped to fit other body profiles…

Crohns & Colitis Awareness Week – December 7th: Not All Superheroes Wear …

Part of the week of daily blogs for #crohnsandcolitisawarenessweek “I’m thankful for my struggle because without it I wouldn’t have stumbled across  my strength”  Somewhat of a cliche now, but it’s a cliche because it’s true. I was diagnosed at 23 when I knew nothing about anything. Sure, I had graduated university, lived away from home, lived in a foreign…

Crohns & Colitis Awareness Week – December 6th: Surgery – Treatment Option or …

Part of the week of daily blogs for #crohnsandcolitisawarenessweek I went through all medical options before I turned to surgery to help my IBD. Some days I wonder if I left it too long or was it just right? Some days I wonder what would have happened if I had gone for the clinical trial instead of the resection. But…

Crohns & Colitis Awareness Week – December 5th: Misconceptions

Part of the week of daily blogs for #crohnsandcolitisawarenessweek “When they said chronic I didn’t think. They meant every single damn day.” Chronic and invisible. Double whammy. Despite there being so much information out there about the basics of IBD, we as patients still experience misconceptions and misinformation throughout our patient journey. For some this can be the fact that…

Ostomy Supporting Products – Seals

What is it? ‘Seal’ refers to a product which helps prevent and stop leaks. They can also be called rings and washers. Common selling points for seals are: Provides protection by preventing any harmful irritants from coming into contact with the skin Completely mouldable to ensure a perfect fit every time Longer wear time and increased security Suitable for use…

Crohns & Colitis Awareness Week – December 4th: Fatigue

Part of the week of daily blogs for #crohnsandcolitisawarenessweek Oh man, I am dirt tired For most, tiredness comes when you’re overdoing it – working too many hours, being social, finding things to do instead of sleep. But when you have a chronic illness, the fatigue is a next level of tiredness. I find myself stopping from saying ‘I’m tired’…

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