August 21, 2017 – It’s hard to believe that it’s been four years since I had my ostomy surgery!
On March 15th, 2017 I spoke to the members of Ostomy Toronto as a guest speaker.
A crucial skill that anyone with an ostomy should know is how to measure their stoma. Not only does it help to prevent leaks, but it can help to extend appliance wear time, and save your skin!
Deciding to go vegan and avoid animal products is life-changing. It’s not always easy to change the things you’ve done all your life, but it can be done and it will be one of the most rewarding things you can do for yourself and those around you.
This post has been on my mind for a while, but as I’ve just sold a phone that’s been with me through some of the most difficult times in my life, I’m reminded about just how fortunate we are to have access to these portable devices when we are sick.
My daughter invited me (read: begged me) to go to Canada’s Wonderland with her because a friend wasn’t able to go. Let me say that I haven’t been to Wonderland in maybe…. 20 years, which means that I’ve never been on any of the large rides that she loves to go on.
I came across an interesting question on an ostomy support forum which I really hadn’t expected anyone to ask, since I assumed that their ostomy nurse would have discussed this with them (I have to stop making assumptions), but it was about something that I can certainly relate to and have challenges with myself: hair around the stoma!
An ostomy EDC (every day carry) kit is priceless if you’re faced with an emergency leak or bag change while out of your home. When I put together my 2014 EDC kit, I had a few extras in there that I thought I might need soon after surgery. In this post, I’ll give you a run down of my 2015 travel kit with tips on how to put together your own.
Dehydration sucks, and anyone without a colon has likely been told by their nurse or doctor that maintaining adequate hydration is crucial. While it can be a challenge to keep up with fluid intake, there are many ways to do it. In this article, I’d like to share some practical tips that I’ve used myself, along with tips that have worked for others.
This information is focused on ileostomates, but many of these strategies can be used to help prevent dehydration in other circumstances, including diarrhea caused by IBD or for other types of ostomies.
Love it or hate it, winter is here, and for many people, this means shoveling snow. For an ostomate, this could increase the risk of developing a parastomal hernia (one of my biggest fears), so it’s extremely important to take special care.
Below you’ll find some strategies to help deal with snow.