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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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Pregnancy After an Ileostomy
My Personal Experience

by Karen B. Hart, Metro Maryland; via Seattle (WA) Ostomist

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 October 2001:

I always wanted to be a Mommy someday. Due to circumstances, it happened after ileostomy surgery. I was 25 years old when I experienced the first symptoms of ulcerative colitis. In 1990, after 6 years of the disease, I had to have ileostomy surgery. A few years later, after I got married and we had settled down, we were ready to start a family.

My gynecologist knew me for years before and after my surgery. The ileostomy surgery had altered the angle of the cervix. It was a little more difficult to get a pap smear than it was prior to surgery, but it has never really been a problem. The doctor did not feel that this would hinder natural delivery. As a matter of fact, he preferred not to perform a Caesarean section, so he did not have to cut through scar tissue created from the surgery. I asked the doctor if he had any other patients with an ostomy and he said he did not. But he had plenty of confidence and that reassured me.

I became pregnant in 1994 when I turned 35 years old. One of the concerns I had as I would grow larger was if people patting my stomach would be able to feel the stoma or the pouch. It wasn't really a problem because it did not occur as often as I thought it would. My clothing covered all signs of the ostomy anyway. I also wondered what would happen to my surgical scar -- would it stretch too? It seemed to do so, right along with my stomach.

Eventually, I had to depend more on a mirror when changing my pouch because I couldn't see everything. I used the same pouches throughout my pregnancy and childbirth that I had been using all along. Leakage had occurred occasionally but no more frequently than pre-pregnancy. (I am currently using better pouches than I had at the time, so it rarely happens now.) At about 5 months, I noticed that the stoma had grown a little wider. I did not have any problems with food blockage (fortunately it has never been a problem for me).

I had read in literature that women with ileostomies who were pregnant did not have to worry about constipation or hemorrhoids, so that was a plus. Also, there was no enema used during childbirth.

In April 1995, I gave birth naturally to a healthy, almost 8-pound boy. The delivery was normal in every way. I brought extra pouches to the hospital in case I would need them. My stoma shrank down again, but it did not go back to quite the same size it was previously.

I am very blessed and feel fulfilled. The entire experience was rewarding.

Having an ostomy would not be a concern in any future decisions to have more children.




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