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Vitamin E Skincare

Is Vitamin E The New Fashion Accessory For Skin Care?   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 skin care?   After raiding my bathroom cabinet and checking...

Winter Skin

Winter Skin    *Quick disclaimer - I am not a qualified medical professional and all views are based on my own personal experience. Before carrying out any physical exercise please consult with your Stoma Care Nurse.   Winter has arrived and that means big jumpers,...

Stephanie’s Story

In July I had emergency surgery to repair a perforated bowel due to Crohn’s Disease. After 39 days and another procedure to allow a fistula to drain, I finally went home. But that wasn’t the end of my journey. Just a few weeks later, my fistula re-opened and I was in...

Graham’s story

I have suffered from, let’s call it IBS to start with, for about 50 years. During this time my symptoms were controlled very successfully by medication. I could go, sometimes, for years without a flare up. As the medical diagnoses and investigations progressed so did...

Ostomy Odour

Ostomy Odour What causes it, foods that control it and products that help. So those of us with ostomies face a challenge and that challenge is, how to cope with the smell that Satan himself would steer clear of. Having an ostomy is life saving and gives us a better...

World Ostomy Day 2018 – Speaking out changes lives

World Ostomy Day Today is world ostomy today and I thought it 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. My surgery is in 13 days and my loop ileostomy is being made into...

Louise’s pre-op assessment

What is a Pre-Operative Assessment? So, the medical jargon for this in simple terms are as follows; The pre–operative assessment is an opportunity to identify any current illness or family history that may lead to patient complications during the anaesthetic,...

Preparing for surgery

Preparing for Stoma Surgery, the emotional side I am starting the count down 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 about those who are classed as having an elective procedure and...

Ostomy Fashion … is the cost justified?

Ostomy Fashion…is the cost justified? 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, but this can be difficult to find on...

Body Image after stoma surgery

Body Image after stoma surgery Having stoma surgery is life changing for all of us. It can both save lives and improve quality of life for those of us who have had this carried out. Once you have grappled with that mentally and physically then you may have...

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