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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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Dating with Crohn’s disease

By Kathy Mitchell & Marcy Sugar-Annie's Mailbox

Dear Annie: I am a 23-year-old woman, finishing my last semester at college. I have made some valuable friendships during these last few years, but I cannot tell my friends everything. I have Crohn’s disease and have had an ileostomy bag since I was 13. In other words, I have no colon and I poop into a bag on my abdomen. I almost died before this surgery was done, I was so ill. To make matters worse, this drastic surgery was by no means a cure. My Crohn’s can, and has, returned. As you can imagine, this is hard to talk about, especially with potential dating partners. I have had long periods of time when I literally could not even look at my waist in a mirror. I have a great support group at the United Ostomy Association (uoaa.org), but I have not yet been able to figure out how to tell people about my condition without grossing them out completely. You would think, after 10 years, I would know what to say, but it’s never gotten any easier. Any insight you can give would be very appreciated. — Nina in New York

Dear Nina: We sympathize with how difficult this must be for you. You do not need to give the details of your illness to friends. You can simply tell them that you have a chronic illness involving your digestive tract. When you meet someone with whom you may become intimate, however, you will need to talk about the specifics. Be honest without being overly graphic, and approach the subject with as much confidence as you can muster. There are Internet dating sites for people with Crohn’s, IBS and other such conditions at www.irritatedbeingsingle.com; www.meetanostomate.org; and www.dating.crohnszone.org. (Take the same precautions meeting people at these sites as you would any other.) For additional help and information, try the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America at 1-800-932-2423 (www.ccfa.org).





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