I’m going on a trip! WCET 2016

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The World Council of Enterostomal Therapists (WCET) will be hosting their international conference in Cape Town, South Africa this March 13-16th.  The conference will attract stoma nurses, doctors, ostomy supply manufacturers – oh, and did I mention I’ll be speaking there?

Yup!! I was fortunate enough to have received an invite from the amazing people at B. Bruan Medical Inc. (a Platinum Sponsor for the event) to speak as a patient about my experience with having an ostomy. The presentation I’ll be giving will focus on the time before, during, and after my surgery, and I hope to share the importance of having a supportive medical team from a patient’s perspective.

I’m really looking forward to connecting with the nurses who’ll be helping ostomy patients directly, and I’m sure I’ll learn a thing or two about how they approach patient care.

In addition to that, I’ll be stopping by the booths of some of my favorite ostomy supply manufacturers to see what they’ve got going on! As an “ostomy supply nerd”, I can’t tell you how excited I am about this!

I’d like to point out that this is not only my first trip as an ostomate, but I haven’t been on a plane since I was a teenager – over 20 years ago! Of course, I welcome this opportunity so I can learn and share my experience about traveling as an ostomate (yes, I’ll have articles and videos about it!).

Since having my ostomy, I’ve been doing things that I would never have dreamed of doing 5 or 10 years ago, and I truly am grateful for all that it’s given me.

Before I go, I’d love to know what travel tips you have to share.
For more info on WCET 2016, please visit www.wcet2016.com

Disclosure: While my flight and accommodations are being covered by B. Braun Medical, I’ve received no other compensation for attending, nor am I expected to promote any brand or product while I’m there. This opportunity is specifically about sharing my experience as an ostomate.

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Orihara Kaoru

Practical advice for the airplane bathroom: They “flush” based on vacuum/air pressure – no water. I’ve found it to be a good idea to basically line the bowl with toilet paper as this helps “flush” the contents from the bowl. Otherwise you might be stuck flushing a few times or even trying to clean the bowl somewhat (no thank you).

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Mrsmac

Fantastic, Eric! This is not ostomate related, because I flew to SA prior to having my ileostomy. But, from the US, at least, it’s a hellish flight!! We visited family in Preoria. I know that you will need to walk the aisles and “pump” your feet, to help prevent clotting. If you will be fortunate enough to have a reclining bed seat, it would be fantastic! On our trip, we had the most narrow and hard seats imaginable. We flew on SAA, stopping in Sengal to re-fuel, and then another 8 hours to get to Johannesburg. Flying on SAA, we… Read more »

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Judy

Congratulations Eric, What an honor and how wonderfully exciting! You will be an amazing spokesperson for us all. I love your posts and am so glad I stumbled upon your site many months ago. I do have some advice from personal experience re flying with an illeostomy. I would 100% recommend that you use some form of gel packs in your pouch when flying. I use Illesorb and find that they work great fo me. I haven’t tried any other brand because these work so well. I usually put around 6 in a small plastic zip bag. You might want… Read more »

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mangomamma

I am so HAPPY for you and for us! You advocate and fight for us by putting your body on the line through experimentation and give us the benefits of your insight. I hope that you enjoy your trip and more importantly that the people who listen to you can have more insight in their professional practice about what it means to serve people with our health challenges. Speak your truth to power. You asked any travel advice—When I travel, I do a lot of the same things that you advocate– carrying a carry-on kit with supplies (extra pair of… Read more »