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What's the best way of telling someone you have an ostomy?

Hi there, I need some advice please...I've been going to my local nightclub for 5 years, I guy who's also gone there all that time (and longer apparently) is suddenly showing an interest in me. He's very shy, quiet and hardly talks to anyone but his close mate, they're both bachelors, it was my new 'hairdo' (my wig since hair loss due to low dose chemo for my crohn's) that did it, they were lightheartedly arguing whether it was me or not! I started chatting to the quiet guy, I've only ever said ...

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Ostomy diet

Is there such a thing as an ostomy diet? I am barely getting any output from my colostomy in at least a month, and I have absolutely no appetite. Last year I was in hospital with what they thought was a partial small bowel obstruction. My "diet" has been small amount of baby oatmeal and some coffee at breakfast: maybe cup of soup for lunch. Small amount of yogurt, jars of baby fruit. I tried to eat small amounts of well-cooked green beans with the carrots today. I've tried to dri...

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Is it possible to be regular with an ostomy?

Hello Everyone! Is it possible to become regular with an ostomy? My dr told me to drink Citrucel everynight to become regular. I find its all day long, Is it possible to train your colon?

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Recycling ostomy bags???

Has anyone ever heard of cleaning ostomy bags after use? I am all for recycling, but I am also concerned about the health risks.

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Disposing of an ostomy bag at a friend's house

I have an ileostomy and i like to use closed end pouches and change them twice a day. I can carry an Ostaway Bag (black, thick, zip-lock) with me and keep a fresh closed end ostomy bag with me in my pocket. Often when I am at someone's house i need to dispose of one bag and put on a fresh one. I really prefer using the closed-ended pouches and i know there isn't any smell if they are put inside the black, thick, Ostaway Zip-Lock Bag. My question is; do you think it is o.k. to throw this in s...

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Naming my ostomy

I never thought of naming my stoma. I guess by now I would have to call it "old timer" as I have had it for 40 years now.....

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Collection of tips from people with an Ostomy >>


Finding the right ostomy system is crucial for your health, confidence and product wear-time. You can spend months in research and still remain uncertain about the choices you made.


Ostomy Supplies

Finding the right type of ostomy supplies is one of the most important and arduous tasks after the surgery. You will most probably leave the hospital with a couple of bags from a given manufacturer. These supplies will last you a few days or weeks and in most cases they are only a temporary solutions. You will soon discover that there is more than one manufacturer of ostomy supplies and that every manufacturer has a variety of product lines designed to suit individual needs. Good sources of information on how to choose your appliances would be your ET nurse, your friends or Internet sources like MeetAnOstoMate's Ostomy Forum.

An important thing to consider, before purchasing your ostomy supplies, is your medical coverage – governmental or private. If you have private insurance, call your insurance company and confirm that they cover you for ostomy products.



  • Try as many products as possible. This is important to find what works best for you
  • If you are in doubt or if you experience problems with your ostomy supplies contact your ET Nurse first. If this is impossible get in touch with your supplier, the manufacturer of the products or even your personal physician
  • There are new products coming to the market every year. Find a way to stay informed. Again, Internet, friends and your ET nurse are good sources of information


List of most commonly used Ostomy Supplies

Pouches and Caps - One-piece or Two-piece
Flanges (Wafers)
Skin Barriers - to protect or heal of your skin from the effects of the adhesive
Irrigation Sets - for people who prefer to irrigate between appliance changes
Pouch Covers
Ostomy Support Belt - additional support for your appliances
Ostomy-Hernia Belt - for people with hernia
Pouch Deodorant - liquid, tablets etc.
Room Deodorant
Gauze, Wipes - used for personal hygiene


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