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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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Why I Attend Support Group Meetings

by LeeAnn Barcus, St Peters, MO; via Chippewa Valley (WI) Rosebud Review

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 2007:

No one wants to be pushed into a support group or made to feel that they have to be part of one, but the benefits are so tremendous it is a shame that many ostomates are missing them. Trust me, when I first went to an ostomy support group meeting, I was one of the youngest people there. The only other young ostomate there was with her mother. All the others were much older than I was. Talk about not fitting in. Well, I almost did not go back. I felt that this group could not offer anything to me in any way. Was I ever wrong!

I went back and continue to attend, because I get so much out of this group. There is a great age difference between most members and me. Many of them are old enough to be my grandparents, but like grandparents, they teach me so much, and not just about ostomies. They have taught me much about how to deal with diversity, life in general, and how to laugh at some of the most down-trodden things.

The older folks made me realize that I make a difference to them. For some, I am the reason they come to the meetings. I also make a difference to that young person who walks through the door on meeting night and sees that there are younger people there. I make a difference when there are topics other than colon cancer. I make a difference when I do the Relay for Life walk with them all. Making a difference is what it is all about, at least to me, and I feel like there is a reason for me to be there.

Certainly, there are times that I would rather not be the only young one at the meetings. I go anyway, and invariably, I am presented with an opportunity to help someone over a rough spot or to just put a smile on someone’s face. When I look around and see those smiles and happy faces, I am again reminded that I had a purpose there. On this day, it was not all about me. On this day, my purpose was to be there for others, and my heart rejoiced because I was there!






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