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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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by Marjorie Kaufman, Los Ileos News, Los Angeles; via Northern Virginia The Pouch

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 November 2007:

No one can tell me at a glance that I have an ostomy. Only those close to me know it for sure. Perhaps that is why it is difficult for me to recognize a curious fact; some people do not realize it’s a BLESSING, not a DOOM!

One wonders whether this knowledge might have some value to the human race—at least that part of the human race that tends to look upon an ostomy as a disaster.

Acceptance is part of being happy. People need happiness as much as they need food; without it they’re devoured by restlessness and discontent.

How many people who think they resent an ostomy would, if they were truthful, recognize it as the thing they most needed to enjoy life again? How many could, with a simple change in mental outlook, admit it’s a BLESSING?

Many people never learn; they never achieve the peace of mind and contentment this knowledge brings. They spend their lives in a prison where an ostomy is the eternal punishment. An ostomy is not DOOM—that’s a mental attitude.

Nothing is a joy or a burden; only thinking makes it so. How can we avoid that feeling of compulsion that makes an ostomy a burden? We don’t disclaim it. There’s no use kidding ourselves about that.

Nevertheless, there are things we can do to take the edge off the feeling of compulsion and make things more pleasant. We need to expend our mental and physical energies.

If these energies are not expended in a constructive fashion, they turn inward and poison our minds and bodies with resentment and dissatisfaction. We need that warm sense of accomplishment, to be needed, wanted and useful. We need it to give balance to our lives.

Contentment depends not so much on the BLESSING as on the attitude of the person who has it.





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