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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

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Recycling ostomy bags???

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Disposing of an ostomy bag at a friend's house

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Naming my ostomy

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Heat Concerns for Ostomates
Summer Fluid Needs

by Eileen Carter, RN/ET; via Worcester (MA) New Diversions

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 June 2002:

Summertime is a time of increased physical activity and weather extremes. We can prevent life-threatening heat related injuries, such as the deaths from the heat wave Chicago experienced in 1995, by taking small precautions.



  • Being out in the full sun.
  • An unusual amount of physical exertion.
  • High humidity.
  • Working or standing near furnaces or ovens.
  • Recent flu or high doses of water pills.
  • Decreased thirst sensation leading to lowered fluid intake.

The process by which your body fights heat:
During this process, extra fluids are needed to keep your important organs from being deprived.

  • You perspire losing salt and water.
  • Your body brings the circulation near the skin to release heat and cool off.

Early signs of trouble:

  • Dark, odorous urine.
  • Profuse sweating.
  • Difficulty concentrating.

Signs of serious trouble:

  • Trembling or vomiting.
  • Headache or rapid breathing.
  • Pale, hot and/or dry skin.
  • Confusion.
  • Lack of appetite.
  • Dizziness.


  • Go to the shade.
  • Lie down with your feet up.
  • Apply cold water to your body; i.e., cover yourself with soaked towels.
  • Remove excess clothing.
  • Call your doctor if the symptoms are not relieved in a few minutes.


  • An ileostomy requires two to four more cups of fluid each day because of high liquid output.
  • Drink fluids before going out to summer activities.
  • Favor water, fruit or vegetable juice, and sport drinks, over alcohol and or caffeine beverages.
  • Choose cold drinks.
  • Bring liquids with you and take frequent sips.
  • Drink ten glasses of water each day, and even more if you have an ileostomy or urostomy.
  • Stay in the shade.
  • Wear loose clothing, especially loose at your neck, wrist and ankles.
  • Keep your shirt on in the sun.
  • Don't self-prescribe salt pills, although ileostomates should maintain adequate salt intake.




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