OstoSolutions Ostomy Pouch Disposal Seal – REVIEW

OstoSolutions Logo

Disposing of a soiled ostomy pouch can be a challenge, especially if you aren’t at home.  The plastic disposal bags that come with our appliances don’t really lock away odor, and I’ve even tried putting my pouches in scented disposal bags, but odor eventually comes out.   OstoSolutions has come up with a novel way of making this task a little easier through their Ostomy Pouch Disposal Seal.  This review is based on my experience from using samples requested from OstoSolutions.

Read more

Ileoscopy prep – getting scoped through a stoma

scope

On July 9th, I’ll be getting scoped as a follow up to my ostomy surgery and to also make sure that my Crohn’s hasn’t spread to my small intestine.  When we lose our colon, we don’t expect that we’ll ever need to be scoped again, but the reality is that those of us with IBD (especially Crohn’s) need to get monitored to make sure that our illness is kept in check.  Before getting my stoma, I was told that my chances of Crohn’s spreading to other parts of my bowel were very low – still, it’s always a possibility.  While researching for my post on the Environmental Risk Factors for IBD, I came to realize that even though I can make lifestyle decisions which can reduce my chance of flaring or a reoccurrence, nothing is guaranteed.   I was feeling pretty great after my last two surgeries, but after receiving a tetanus booster in February, my joints started hurting and haven’t felt right ever since.  This reminded me that my body is still primed for IBD, losing a colon didn’t cure it and there will always be a chance that Crohn’s will one day rear its ugly head again.

Read more

Coloplast Sensura Mio 1pc #10471 – REVIEW (w/ video)

Coloplast Sensura Mio package contents

Finding the right ostomy appliance is just as important as finding the right pair of shoes to wear. The quality of life for an ostomate often depends on their pouching system and Coloplast hopes to improve on this with their new Sensura Mio product line.

I’ve been using the new Sensura Mio #10471 for about a month. Coloplast was gracious enough to enroll me in their product feedback program in order to get samples before the official launch on May 1st, 2014.

Read more

What’s in Your Stoma Powder?

what's in your stoma powder header small

Being vegan when it comes to food isn’t usually difficult, but when it comes to medication, supplements, and medical supplies, things can get challenging.  Becoming an ostomate means that we’re forced to use ostomy supplies, but it doesn’t mean we don’t have options when it comes to deciding which one of those supplies we get to use.

One case in point: Stoma Powder

Read more