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VeganOstomy
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May 8, 2021

Hey gang,

I wanted to let you all know that due to an unfortunate fall, I managed to break my arm (shoulder, more specifically) and have been finding it extra challenging to stay on top of things. 

The bad news is that you'll be seeing less of me while I recover.

The good news is that I'm learning a lot from this experience and should have some tips to share when I'm able to use two arms again.  

Be safe.

Just your friendly neighborhood ostomate.

~ Crohn's Disease ¦ Ileostomy ~


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Sorry to hear this, Eric.  Take care of yourself and get healed up!

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Eric, I wish you a speedy recovery - what a nuisance. Though this situation is temporary (and let’s hope brief) it must create a whole new set of challenges for you to meet. Thinking of you!

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Eric very sorry to hear that news, if any one can overcome and problem solve it’s you. Speedy recovery 

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Sending you my best healing energy!  And yes, while it's a bummer that has happened, I've wondered what I would do if I ever broke an arm/wrist or in some other way had only one hand to do what seems to be necessarily a two handed job.  Once again I think you'll have a lot to teach and inspire people!  All the best. :-)

 


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Eric, Sorry to hear of your misfortune. I have sympathy for getting injured from falling lately. Sounds like your fall was a lot worse than mine. Take care of yourself and heal up well.   ~BOB

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Oh, Eric, that's rough! I'm so sorry to hear this! I have dealt with a torn rotator cuff & have a small teensy tiny glimpse into your present world. My thoughts & prayers are with you as you rest up & heal. No hurry, we'll try & behave here. lol! Take care!

 

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Oh Eric, I am so sorry to hear that. Falling is awful. And it sounds like a rough one. I broke my shoulder in a car accident when I was in college. I was in the passenger seat and the car rolled. The seatbelt broke my shoulder, but probably saved my life. 

It is really hard to do things with one hand. For me it was a week before finals and it was my right shoulder. So I had to take my finals with my left hand. I’m sure they were very hard to read. I had a contraption that went around my waist and pinned my arm to my side and in front of me. I had to wear it for about 8 weeks I think. They were unable to do a cast. 

I hope you heal quickly!  I’m sure it is a huge inconvenience to you overall. I had never thought about having to handle my ostomy with one hand.  I’m sure you will have some stories to share when you are able to.  If anyone can pull off one handed ostomy care, it’s you!!!

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Wish you a speedy recovery Eric.

We promise to behave and not to break the forum while your on R&R 

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Oh Eric, I am so sorry to hear of your accident. You'll be in my thoughts and prayers as you heal. This does present a whole new set of challenges for you. However, I am sure that you will have help from your wife and figure out what you are capable of doing with one hand. 

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So sorry to hear of your injury. I hope you both heal and adapt quickly.

Best to you.

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Thanks for all that you do Eric, and wishing you a good break (see what I did there? ;) and read more from you when you are back on deck...

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Oh, very sorry to hear this, Eric. Pray for you to get well very very soon. Take rest and have a speedy recover.


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Eric sending a speedy recovery your way! Please keep us posted on your one-handed approach to the appliance, wonder how to empty and change would be.


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Oh no! Take good care of yourself, and we look forward to hearing from you when you recover. 

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Thank you for all the well wishes guys.

While managing an ostomy with one functioning arm hasn't been the easiest thing, I have found some tricks that have been working for me. I've also done two full appliance changes completely on my own, which went better than expected. 

I will say that learning to use speech to text has been pretty amazing. While it's always been a feature that I've had on my laptop and phone, I enjoy typing more than speech to text. But these days speech-to-text allows me to write be super long replies while taking very little time. It's pretty awesome.😂

Just your friendly neighborhood ostomate.

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That’s great to hear 👌👌 Ye wanna try speech text, alexia, Siri etc with an Norn Ireland accent 😂 it can go badly wrong!!

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I thought about you while I was doing my appliance change today, wondering how on earth you were managing it with one hand. I think just emptying my bag would be extremely challenging one-handed and changing the appliance seems impossible. I’m curious to hear your stories and tips. 

You are a trooper!!!

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Posted by: @squeakyandliza

@veganostomy

I thought about you while I was doing my appliance change today, wondering how on earth you were managing it with one hand. I think just emptying my bag would be extremely challenging one-handed and changing the appliance seems impossible. I’m curious to hear your stories and tips. 

You are a trooper!!!

 I think that because I have such a simple system with the Hollister 2pc system, it's not super difficult.  However, I do find it a challenge to actually cut the hole in the wafer since that does ideally require two hands.

 I don't know what it's like for every broken arm situation, but I do have very limited use of my fingers on the side that has the broken shoulder. While I really can't use them to pull or bear weight, they can be very helpful with very light support with my appliance. This can come in handy when emptying the bag. 

Hopefully be able to share more of this technique when my arm is functional enough to be able to set up some camera equipment. But right now I feel incredibly vulnerable and I don't want to risk even slightly causing more damage to the break.

Just your friendly neighborhood ostomate.

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Hi Eric,

Hope you are well on the road to healing. You are really amazing and apparently an expert of making lemonade from lemons!


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