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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 >>

Not Everyone Knows

by Sharon Williams, RNET; via Abilene (TX) Tomy Tabloid

This article is provided to JDBS courtesy of Stillwater-Ponca City (OK) Ostomy Outlook and is Copyright by Stillwater-Ponca City (OK) Ostomy Outlook

While this page contains only a sampling of articles from the Stillwater-Ponca City newsletter, anyone who would like to receive the complete Ostomy Outlook newsletter electronically (in PDF format) may do so by emailing a request to the OstomyOK webmaster (who is also the Stillwater-Ponca City newsletter editor).

From Stillwater-Ponca City (OK) Ostomy Outlook Mar 2003:

The experience of having a new ostomy can be quite frightening if one does not understand what is normal in stoma appearance and ostomy function and what is not normal. Although each ostomate is uniquely individual, there are some basic generalizations which can be cited in the postoperative period. For example, the normal, healthy stoma is bright red in appearance, resilient to the touch and may bleed slightly if rubbed when the peristomal skin is being cleansed. A marked change in stoma mucosa color or appearance should be reported to the physician or enterostomal therapist. Also, bleeding from inside the stoma (whether urinary or fecal) should signal a call to the physician for further testing.

It is normal for an individual with an ileal conduit or sigmoid conduit urinary diversion to have some mucus in the urine. Drinking sufficient amounts of water (8-10 glasses per day minimum) will help to keep the urine and mucus diluted.

It is normal for the skin surrounding the ostomy to be in the same condition as the skin on other portions of the abdomen. Redness, rashes, urine crystal buildup, etc., are not normal and should be reported to the enterostomal therapist or physician.

In individuals with colostomies and ileostomies who still have a rectum intact, it is normal to expel mucus through the rectum. The mucous membrane lining the rectum will continue to produce mucus, even though an individual is "re-routed."

It is normal for the stoma to change slightly in shape and size due to peristalsis (contractile motion of the bowel which propels contents through the intestinal tract). However, marked swelling, prolapse, or shrinking in size of the stoma should be checked by a professional.

It is normal for some colostomates and ileostomates to feel as though they still need to have a bowel movement (phantom rectal sensations) even though the rectum has been removed. The sympathetic nerves responsible for rectal control are not interrupted during surgery and therefore the sensations are still present. Knowledge of this fact may alleviate anxiety.

In summary, get to know your stoma and what is normal for you. Only by recognizing the norm can one know when and if a problem develops.




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