I’ll be heading in for my second surgery soon. This time it will be to remove my rectum. For my ileostomy surgery, I brought a lot of stuff to the hospital – too much, in fact. So this time I’ll be trimming down what I bring based on that experience. Here are some things that you should bring or may want to consider bringing during your next hospital stay.
One of the issues that many ostomates face is that they’re often confronted with challenges when it comes to clothing and their new stoma. For some, having a pouch means they can’t wear their shirt tucked in comfortably or jeans are awkward to wear. For others, exercising or general activity is uncomfortable because of their “extra baggage”.
Many ostomates go YEARS without finding a solution and others try every accessory they get a hold of until the right one works. One solution that I’ve found is the Stealth Belt, which is a custom-made support belt, which offers a comfortable pocket to keep your ostomy pouch out of sight and secure.
Protein, especially post-op, is an important element to healing. Not getting enough HIGH-QUALITY protein could delay your wound healing and/or create complications for you after your surgery.
I’m finally 6 weeks post ileostomy surgery and I’ve been cleared to start introducing more foods into my diet. So to celebrate, my wife and I went to a great vegan place in Toronto called The Loving Hut.
I had carrot soup, lemonade and a “Lucky Chow Mein”, which looked like this:
Yes, you see broccoli, you see bok choy and mushrooms. Mine also had cabbage, which I avoided.
I’ve really been racking my brain over how to get these ostomy liners to work for me – especially after having to use a porta-potty and a very awkward public washroom over the weekend. I feel thar the liners would have come in handy.