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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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Answers You Will Never Hear About Living with an Ostomy

by Peter McGinn, Editor, Portland (ME) The Visitor

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 North Central Oklahoma Ostomy Outlook May 2006:

Have you ever seen those question and answer articles where people ask the nurse or doctor about life with an ostomy? Well, I can guarantee none of them gave these answers, because I just made them up! Please consult with your therapist and a local comedian before taking any of these seriously:

Q: How will medication affect my ostomy?
Could you be any more vague? The general answer is: adversely. Especially important, your stoma should not be allowed to operate heavy equipment with some painkillers.

Q: Can I still do everything I did before surgery?
You’re trying to trip me up here, aren’t you? What did you do before, rob banks? Than my answer is no. Send me a list of what you did before and I’ll let you know which of them you can do.

Q: What about alcohol?
No thanks, I’m working right now.

Q: What foods can I eat after the surgery?
Who am I, your mother? Eat what you want, just keep your elbows off the table and clean your plate.

Q: Should I exercise after surgery?
Exercise? Who does that anymore? If God had wanted us to exercise, would she have invented plasma televisions, reality programming and remote controls? Get real.

Q: Why did this have to happen to me?
How should I know? This is the column for questions, not complaints. Stop your whining. Just think of it as the ultimate body piercing.

Q: Will spicy foods cause any damage to my stoma?
That depends upon how hard you hit the stoma with it. I would advise against it.

Q: In the past, certain foods gave me digestive trouble. Will they affect me the same way after the surgery?
You’re a little obsessed with food, aren’t you? My crystal ball is being repaired right now. Just eat the darn stuff and see for yourself. Sheesh.

Q: What about sex?
Thanks for the offer, but I hardly know you.



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