Glamping with an ostomy is a first for me. When I booked this and revealed all to my best friend, her response was to roll around laughing, as I am not known for my at one with nature attitude. I am a girl that likes her toilet facilities nearby and creature comforts of heating and not having to cook.
World IBD Day takes place on 19th May and is about raising awareness for those who have to live with this chronic illness. Did you know that there are currently 300,00 people with this condition in the UK and around 1.6 Million in the United States?
My surgery experience is probably one of the more positive ones out there. After suffering with severe ulcerative colitis for three years and going through every drug the hospital had to offer, I elected to have surgery.
Have you ever wondered about what fruit or vegetable is stoma-proof? Do you sit there and wonder, ‘If I eat this, then will my stoma have a purge-party later?’
Sunday the 12th of May marks International Nurses Day. This day was founded In January of 1974 and marks the birth date of Florence Nightingale, who was the founder of modern nursing. Each year, the International Council of Nurses (ICN) prepares and distributes the International Nurses Day kit.
An open letter to my surgeon
If I haven’t already peaked your interest, then I will have to explain what the above title is about. For everyone with a stoma, you may not even think about its location on the body. It is something that has been bugging me for a while, as my stoma is sited on the left and most people that I follow have a right-sided stoma.
The conclusion for us is that having both a stoma and IBD can make period week a living hell. There is currently no medical proof that having this illness and having a stoma makes your periods worse, but I believe it is something that should be researched.
Is travelling by ferry less traumatic with an ostomy? The majority of the time when I go abroad, I typically go in a tin can on wings. I always find that the panic of packing stoma supplies and getting them through security, plus the added anxiety of going through a body scanner and the amount of time it takes waiting to the board the plane, can take its toll. Travelling isn’t always enjoyable and I find it’s a bit of a tedious experience.
A little back story as a parent with an ostomy: A parent’s guilt! Having been chronically ill for the last nearly 20 years, amassing a huge amount of surgery or endless hospital appointments is completely normal and part of my everyday life. However, when one has a...
My post-op recovery following my Pan-proctocolectomy (Barbie Butt Surgery)
The highs (mostly) and lows of my 70th year
Half term madness - going out over half term with a stoma Half term has ensued and this is making the parents cranky - 'oh my god how will I keep the little ones entertained?' Whilst the teachers are reaching for the wine and taking a well-earned rest. Having worked...
When you get caught short with your stoma
Learning to love yourself
Body image after stoma surgery
Combating the ‘winter blues’
Going to the gym with a stoma So stoma surgery is daunting. Once you have recovered, when is it right for you to return to exercise? Some of the questions running through your head may be, 'can I exercise? What exercise is safe? Can I return to the gym?' My advice...
Is Vitamin E the new fashion accessory for skincare? After seeing the improvements to my stoma site and skin using the Vitamin E pouches, the question in my head was 'is Vitamin E used in other products for skincare?' After raiding my bathroom cabinet and checking my...
Looking after your skin in winter
Graham’s story of living with a stoma
Ostomy odour – what causes it, foods that control it and products that help.
Today is World Ostomy Day, so I thought it was only fitting that I write a post celebrating and highlighting all types of ostomy. So, I am on final countdown with Bertha, my current stoma.
The pre–operative assessment is an opportunity to identify any current illness or family history that may lead to patient complications during the anaesthetic, surgical, or post-operative period.
Preparing for Stoma Surgery - the emotional side I am starting the countdown for my upcoming surgery and I would be lying if I said I wasn’t having a slight panic about the upcoming date. This post is for those who are classed as having an elective procedure and...
Ostomy fashion is becoming more and more relevant as time goes on. Both ladies and gentlemen are hunting for the perfect pair of jeans, or something to hold and support their ostomy. This can be difficult to find on the high street, unless you’re a lady and don’t mind wearing maternity clothing to help support and disguise the ostomy. Men unfortunately don’t have this option, so they may struggle to find the right clothing to be comfortable with their ostomy.
In the early days of stoma formation, carrying an emergency kit with you is an essential part of stoma life, until you feel safe and secure in the knowledge that your stoma is going to behave.
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