Dealing with Thick Ostomy Output – OSTOMY TIPS (w/ video)

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Output from an ileostomy is generally liquid or loose, but some of us have thick ostomy output which can be difficult to manage.  Colostomates also tend to have thicker output, but it’s generally drier, formed and far less frequent.

Because I have an ileostomy, I’ll be focusing on ways in which I’ve handled thick output.  These may or may not work if you have a colostomy (or you may not have the same challenges).

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IBD Hall of Fame Event – Toronto, 2014

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I had the honor and great pleasure of being one of about a dozen Canadian IBD advocacy bloggers to be invited to attended the IBD Hall of Fame event held in Toronto on September 10, 2014. This was only my second time in a hotel since my ileostomy surgery last year, and it wasn’t without a few challenges, but things went very well and I’d like to share my experience about the event.

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How I Use Evernote to Manage My IBD

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Managing a chronic illness can be daunting. Keeping track of medication, medical history, a symptom diary, a food log, prescription receipts or important articles can get out of control pretty fast, so if you were to ask me for a single solution to keep this chaos in order, I’d tell you it’s Evernote. I don’t want the following post to sound like an ad; I just want to share with you how I’ve used this software to manage my Crohn’s Disease and my ostomy. I really, REALLY love Evernote!

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“But you don’t look sick…”

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Anyone with an invisible illness can tell you that at some point they were told that they “don’t look sick”.  That comment often ranks first among a list of things you shouldn’t say to someone with IBD, but it never really bothered me.  I know I likely stand alone in saying that, since being told that you “don’t look sick” when you’re life’s under constant assault because of illness can be hurtful, but hear me out…

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Hollister ostomy pouches: Clear vs. Ultra-clear (w/ video)

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It seems rather silly that I even have to make a post about this, but unfortunately the information on the Hollister website isn’t very clear (no pun intended).

When I was looking at some of their ostomy pouching options on a supplier’s website, I came across one that listed “clear” and another that said “ultra-clear”. Hmm, I wonder what the difference is… so onto hollister.com, where I downloaded a printable catalogue and also searched for product through their website and I became more confused.

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My first ileoscopy

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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.

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