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 stoma supplies advice on how to store and manage the products in a practical and daily way. Following on from that will be some more about the mental health aspects of living with a stoma and things to consider. This…

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10 Tips for Feeling Comfortable with an Ostomy

I remember the first time that things went wrong with my ostomy and I wondered to myself ‘How am I ever going to feel comfortable with this? How am I ever going to be okay with this?’ I’ve felt similarly when it comes to my IBD, when things didn’t go the way they or myself had hoped or planned they would. The blows were numerous and they hit me hard but every single time I got back up and carried on. I chalked it up to experience, learnt my ‘lesson’ from it and moved on. And the secret is that…

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Updated: My Ostomy Appliance Change Routine

It’s been a whole year since I shared my stoma bag change routine. I wish I felt more comfortable to actually show it in a video, but alas, I’m not quite there yet. You’d see it only take a maximum of five minutes on a good day – when the stoma is inactive and I don’t have a peristome rash. So what has happened in the last twelve months? A few things actually; I moved for my current job, so I had to organise myself into a new stoma changing routine. I gained bit of weight, lost some and then…

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Brava Protective Seal Shoot

Something I have been unable to share about – until now! – is my involvement with Coloplast and their Brava Protective Seal. I reviewed this product earlier on – read more here – but I was also approached by Coloplast HQ in Denmark to do a testimonial for the product too not long after that review went live. This would involve a video shoot and interview, showing me in my ‘natural surrounding’ living life using one of their products. In all honesty, I use a lot of Coloplast products but this one in particular has had a significant effect on…

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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 of looking at it or feeling it. I’d gotten use to that idea quite quickly. But the soreness and uncomfortableness; that took a couple months to settle, as my stoma dropped in size, my abdomen changed shape and I started…

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