Comfizz Blog

In our blog you will find all kinds of information in relation to living with an ostomy. Tips, tricks and advice as well as other osto-mates experiences can be found within our blog.

How can colder weather affect my ileostomy?

Hi lovelies! It's Amy here, or as some of you may know me, ibdwarriorprincess on Instagram.  I hope you all enjoyed Halloween (if you celebrate). I decked our house out with some decorations, we had a pumpkin carving night & really enjoyed it!  Now the weather is getting colder, it can be handy to be aware of the ways that it can affect having an ileostomy, especially when it comes to your equipment and skin etc for your bag to adhere to. Before I get started, I'd like to just remind you that this isn't medical advice. This post is drawn from my own experiences of living with an ileostomy & my own research.  Warm output I'll start with this...

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International Stress Week 1-5 November 2021

Stress can be different for each person. What makes you stressed might not necessarily make the person next to you stressed the same way. For me, I have always been a bit of a stress head - sorry Husband! I often wonder whether it’s because of living with a chronic illness and the stress it creates physically which over spills into the mind. According to Mind: There's no medical definition of stress, and health care professionals often disagree over whether stress is the cause of problems or the result of them. This can make it difficult for you to work out what causes your feelings of stress, or how to deal with them. But whatever your personal definition of stress...

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Moving House

I have literally just moved into my own house which has done wonders for my mental health as I have got my own space, I am seeing my children everyday, I am doing my full hours at work plus a few more, I have a daily routine which really makes all the difference plus I get to see my friends on a more regular basis. I am really fatigued with trying to do everything all at once and as my Nanna says “Rome wasn’t built in a day” so I am having to pace myself so I don’t have a burn out because I want things nice before Christmas. There are a few things to consider when moving house or...

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#CappuccinoDay - Does caffeine affect IBD?

Hello lovely! November 8th is National Cappuccino Day! I am definitely partial to a coffee or two myself, but have definitely cut down on my coffee and tea intake (caffeinated) in the last year. Coffee or caffeine doesn't really impact my bowels as it used to since ileostomy surgery in 2011, but it does have a noticeable impact on my body in different ways such as my anxiety, sleep problems & feeling wired. Disclaimer: Before I start this blog post, I'd just like to remind you that I am writing this from my own experiences & the things I have learnt & understand from my own research. By no means is this medical advice so, as always, if you are concerned...

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Podcast Playlist

Podcasts are undoubtably a brilliant form of self care. Putting those headphones in and escaping from the outside world, you can curate what you need in that moment. I listen mostly when I am doing something arduous like making dinner, ironing or running a long distance. In this blog I am sharing some of my favourites, covering a varied spectrum of topics. These topics serve me well through education, mindfulness and laughter. If you have any recommendations don’t hesitate to message me over on Instagram @gutsymum I would love to hear what you listen to! The POODCAST @the_poodcast Now this is one for the drive home where after a long and stressful day, you literally need to laugh out loud....

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Running With A Stoma - The Race Edition

October was a very special time for me as I entered my first 10K race in Cardiff, South Wales. Whatever possessed me to do it you ask? How many of you who are reading this with a chronic illness have found they can’t be as active as they once were? For me it was like a light switch was flicked and I couldn’t do anything without being in pain anymore. Its debilitating, demoralising and can lead you down a dark path mentally with the mental health benefits you loose over night. My health journey has been quite the fair ground ride. Born with Hirschsprungs Disease, multiple surgeries, 3 stomas and having a child which has the same yet more severely,...

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World Ostomy Day 2021

It feels like it was only yesterday that my Instagram feed was glittered with beautiful photos of ostomates across the world, showing what World Ostomy Day means to them. For most of us who use the platform to document their journey living with an ostomy, its a daily occurrence, yet what is it about World Ostomy Day that makes it that much more special? I’ll share with you what it means to me. It means seeing everyone the same as me, rocking their bag, being raw and relatable, sharing the positives and the negatives. I feel seen. I feel my five year old ostomate is seen. That is the power of this day. It doesn’t make the content shared less...

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Recycling Week 2021

Recycling is something a lot of us do on autopilot with it being part of everyday life. Not one to show my age, but I can remember during my childhood having no recycling boxes outside the house and never seeing adverts or media circulated regarding the climate crisis. Thankfully one of the advantages of our children’s generation, is that they are made much more aware and have greater understanding from a young age, giving them the tools and education to actively be a part of tackling it. It makes me uncomfortable to think of all the packaging we would have thrown mindlessly in the bin for all those years when I see how full our recycling boxes get every week....

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Other Complications With Surgery

Having surgery can often come with side effects or issues most of which will hopefully be temporary but sometimes they can cause more long-term issues. I have a lot of scar tissue caused from surgeries not just on my bowels but my C-sections and possibly even when I had my tubes tied, obviously all surgeries form scar tissue but the amount varies from person to person and even surgery to surgery. Over the years the scar tissue I have accumulated has caused me some pain, some of which I can cope with and others have been unbearable and over the last year it has been more noticeable during my monthly menstrual cycle. This has presented itself during ovulation and lasts...

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