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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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Colostomy Irrigation

What is colostomy irrigation?
A colostomy is defined as an opening in the colon. When a part of your large intestine is removed or is disconnected, the new opening (colostomy) must be made in the colon for waste to leave the body.

Colostomy irrigation is a way to regulate bowel movements by emptying the colon at a scheduled time. The process involves infusing water into the colon through the stoma, which stimulates the colon to empty. By repeating this process regularly – once a day or once every second day – the colon can be trained to empty with minimal to no spillage of waste in between irrigations. Colostomy irrigation also can help the patient avoid constipation.

Colostomy irrigation is a personal decision. If you are a candidate, your doctor or a nurse who is specially trained to help people with colostomies, will discuss this option with you.

Who is a candidate for colostomy irrigation?
Patients with permanent colostomies and whose opening is in the descending or sigmoid portion of the colon and who had regular bowel function before having a colostomy are good candidates for irrigation. This is because their stools tend to be more formed. Colostomy irrigation may not be a successful method of regulation for persons with a history of irritable bowel or irregular bowel action. Irrigation may be cumbersome for persons with certain physical limitations, such as arthritis, visual impairment, paralysis, or palsy. Some persons find the procedure too time consuming or unpleasant. In these cases, using a reliable pouching system is an acceptable method of colostomy care.

When is irrigation done?
Colostomy irrigation may be done once a day or once every other day depending on your preference and ability to regulate your bowel movements. It generally takes about six to eight weeks for the bowel to become regulated with irrigation. It is important to establish a routine and irrigate at the same time each day.

     

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