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.
Yesterday, I had a pretty normal morning… emptied my pouch at 7am and then again at 10:30am. For brunch, I had some leftover rice with avocado, followed by two medium-sized apples.
My stoma is usually pretty inactive in the afternoon, but when 4pm rolled around and there was no output in my pouch, I knew something was up. I started getting abdominal cramping soon after and with a few stoma “farts”, I still couldn’t get anything to move. I finished 2L of water and began massaging my belly until around 10pm. At that point it had been almost 12 hours since I last emptied my pouch and there was only a little output in my bag, so I went onto Plan B.
Inspired by another fellow blogger (Behind the Times by Stephen Dempster), I’ve decided to finally get a proper EDC (every day carry) bag for my ostomy supplies. This new bag is replacing a MUCH LARGER tactical shoulder bag, which I may still use for hikes or whenever more supplies are needed.
6am on a Monday morning. I wake up in a haze, ballooned pouch at my side, but something was wrong…
Leaks. One of those things that happen to ostomates at one point or another, it’s just a matter of when and whether or not you’re prepared for it. This morning it happened to me, and I’ve learned a few valuable lessons in the process.
“IT’S NOT WHAT YOU EAT, IT’S WHAT YOU ABSORB”
When it comes to nutrition, that’s the golden rule. You hear a lot about how eating a healthy diet will improve your health, but that’s only IF you absorb the nutrients from your food. For most healthy people, this isn’t a big problem, but if you have a digestive disorder or if you’re eating a plant-based diet, there are things you can do to enhance the absorption of nutrients.
Liquid output, “ballooning” and odor – three problems that many ostomates are faced with on a daily basis. While some of these challenges can be remedied by changing what you eat or how often, for some, these issues simply never go away. Using multiple products to combat these problems separately may not be desirable, so when a product claims to be able to tackle them all, it certainly warrants some review.
Today I’ll be looking at the ConvaTec Diamonds sachets, which I purchased from a local ostomy supplier.
One problem that most, if not all, ostomates face is pouch ballooning.
Ballooning is caused when gas fills your ostomy pouch and has nowhere to go. The result can be a very inflated pouch that can end up causing a leak or even a full-on explosion!