I had the pleasure of being a panelist during the “Living with an Ostomy 101” webinar that was hosted by Corstrata last month.
Hospitals aren’t known for serving 5-star meals, but that doesn’t mean you have to suffer through them.
Blockages and partial blockages are a concern for ostomates, especially ileostomates, but there are several ways to both prevent and treat minor blockages.
It takes a team of medical professionals to help a single person, but patients are most often in contact with a nurse more than any one else on that team. From May 6th to the 12th, we celebrate Nurses Week, and I’d like the nurses who’ve played a role in my care to know how important they are to me.
I was fortunate to have received quite a bit of information about what foods to eat (and avoid) following my ileostomy surgery. The information was quite important because it was aimed to not only prevent dehydration but also to avoid potential blockages.
Because our stoma swells up after surgery, we can’t eat meals that would be hard to pass through that swollen stoma.
Knowing how to reduce the risk of blockages is important (saving you a trip from the ER!).
August 21, 2014: It’s hard to believe that a year ago today I was at Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto having my colon removed and getting it replaced with an ileostomy.
The death of Robin Williams has sent shock waves through social media. If you had to name one actor who fits the word “funny” or “happy”, it would probably be him. But what most people don’t realize is that Robin had struggled with bipolar disorder for a very long time. Mental illness, like IBD, is an invisible illness for many – what you see on the outside is almost never an indicator of what’s going on inside. If you’ve struggled with IBD, then you’ve likely also had to struggle with depression. There is hope.
It’s all done. Over with. Finished. I was given my first ileoscopy yesterday and it was an interesting experience to say the least! I initially had some concerns with dehydration and managing high-output from the prep (read HERE), but I’ll have to admit that things went a lot easier than I expected. I took a lot of notes, so hopefully this will give you an idea of what to expect, but keep in mind that our experiences can differ greatly.
Mistakes were made. I admit it, but if I don’t learn from those mistakes then I’ll continue to suffer needlessly with blockages. It was just over a week after I written about having partial blockage with my ostomy that I experienced what a full-blown, “get your ass to the ER” type blockage feels like, and I’ll be sharing that experience with you today.
I was in for my rectum removal surgery on Nov 7th, 2013 at Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto, Ontario. After having stayed in a nearby hotel the night before, things were quite easy going in.