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…

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Open Letter: Stoma Bag Change

Despite doing my own research prior to my ostomy surgery, nothing really can prepare you for changing your bag for the first time. Let alone the hundredth or whatever. I sat removing my leaky bag earlier on, remembering my first bag change when I felt in control. It must have been a couple months post op when I wasn’t afraid…

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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…

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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…

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The “What is a Stoma?” Series – Part II

Welcome to Part II in my new blog series on “What is a Stoma?”  This instalment covers the Digestive System 101, why and when stomas are needed as well as how they are formed surgically. Hopefully this gives you some insight into the many different reasons why stomas come to be, a basic but solid understand in the digestive system…

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Seriously?!

So, knowing I was going to be in town today for a dental check up, I decided to do some writing in a local coffee shop. Got a loyalty freebie so I was all set. But my stoma had other plans. I was just finishing up my coffee and got my notebook out, and pain shoots through my bag. My…

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One month post op

  “Time moves slowly but passes quickly.” That can be said for my recovery from surgery. I can’t quite believe its been a month already but in the same thought I can believe it. I’ve been experiencing recovery in real time and taken each day as it comes. It hasn’t been easy – but I knew it wouldn’t be –…

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To new beginnings…

Tuesday 23rd August (cont’d) “I’ve got a space for you on the end of the emergency list today, could be this afternoon, probably this evening though.” Ward round this morning and surgeon is keen to remove my colon today. Despite being busy, he will stay and do my surgery when his list is complete. Turned out that meant waiting all…

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