Sometimes life with a stoma can get heavy with struggles and become so difficult. That's when perhaps a reframe can help like this light hearted Ostomy Superhero story
Calling all Ostomy Super Heros, get your cape ready as you prepare to face one of the biggest potential villains when living with an ostomy… The dreaded Hernia. These pesky hernias wreak havoc in the ostomy world, spreading discomfort wherever they go, causing unsightly bulges, pain and difficulties getting your bags to stick properly. They are the chink in the Ostomy Super Heros armour,
Your undies might not be the first thing that comes to mind when considering your skin health around your stoma or surgical wound, but they can have a very critical part to play in keeping your skin healthy. Lets uncover why? When it comes to our skincare routines, we often focus on the products we apply directly to our skin, the lotions, moisturisers, or scrubs etc but have you ever considered the role of the fabrics you wear in promoting skin health? Fabric wicking, a remarkable feature found in many modern textiles, offers significant benefits to our skin. So let’s delve into the world of fabric wicking and learn exactly why it is essential to your skin health. Understanding...
Ostomy surgery can be life-saving, but it can also affect your physical and emotional well-being. That's why it's important to stay active and healthy after your surgery. Exercise can help you improve your strength, mobility, mood, and confidence. It can also reduce your risk of complications such as hernia, infection, and blood clots. (2) However, not all exercises are suitable for people with an ostomy. You need to consider your stoma type, location, size, and output, as well as your overall health and fitness level. Here are some simple exercises that you can do at home or outdoors to maintain a healthy lifestyle with an ostomy. Remember to always consult your doctor or ostomy nurse before starting any exercise program....
Introduction: Living with a stoma can be a life-changing experience, and finding the right support wear is crucial for comfort, confidence, and overall well-being. Whether you have a colostomy, ileostomy, or urostomy, selecting the optimal stoma support wear can significantly enhance your quality of life. In this blog, we will explore the key factors to consider when choosing stoma support wear, along with example case studies that illustrate the benefits it can provide. Understanding Stoma Support Wear: Stoma support wear refers to specialized undergarments and accessories designed to support and protect the stoma, while also providing comfort and discretion. The right support wear can help prevent leakage, reduce the risk of skin irritation, reduce the risk of developing a hernia...
So you have been told you need stoma surgery…. If you have been told with time to plan it can come with its positives and negatives. Time to plan and be prepared, but also to worry. You will find lots of useful blogs and advice from ostomates and reputable ostomy companies, advice is never hard to find. During your pre op appointment you should be given advice on essentials to bring. Creature comforts Nothing makes a hospital bed more comfortable than your own pillow or an extra blanket. Subconsciously you will feel more settled with your own of these. With hospitals being one of the least sleep friendly places to be, it might just help you drift...
One of the top concerns for pre surgery is the thought of having a stoma bag and it smelling offensive to others. Lets keep it real here, the contents of anyone's bag and what comes out of your typical exit if you didn’t need an ostomy does most certainly not smell of roses!!!! Some press coverage of influential people have seen jokes made referring to bad smells meaning they must have an ostomy. It is narrow minded, offensive, and discriminating towards ostomates. Having a stoma is not a choice easily made, if it even is a choice in the first place when some wake up to find they have one through emergency surgeries, and up until then did not know...
By ostomy, we are referring to a urostomy, ileostomy or colostomy (or some people can have both a urostomy and ileostomy or urostomy and colostomy). To find out more about these, visit our blog post on "what are the 3 types of ostomy?" To summarise: A colostomy is formed from the large bowel (colon). An ileostomy is formed from the small bowel (small intestine). A urostomy is formed from a small segment of the small intestine and the bladder is removed. Then surgeon then joins the two ureters to one end of the small intestine. How many people in the UK have an ostomy? As of April 2022, there was estimated to be around 205,000 people in the UK with an ostomy (BJN). Are...
Endometriosis (pronounced en- doh – mee – tree – oh – sis) is the name given to the condition where cells similar to the ones in the lining of the womb (uterus) are found elsewhere in the body.
In the UK, around 1.5 million women and those assigned female at birth are currently living with the condition, regardless of race or ethnicity.
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It is completely normal to find the idea of sports a little daunting after ostomy surgery, but the good news is, if you played contact sports before surgery or want to give it a go, you should be able to do so without a problem.
It goes without saying that you should take medical advice after stoma surgery about when to start doing sports again and exercise needs to be built up gradually with the right stoma support. It is essential to build up to be more strenuous exercise and sport.
Sleep is one of the top things a new ostomate worries about and can struggle to get into a new routine with following surgery. For sometimes decades, they may be used to sleeping a certain way bag free. To then have to find a new normal with your ostomy bag going nowhere soon is mentally and physically hard. If you have had a rough road with your illness and surgery, bedtime is where you want to try and relax and unwind which can be difficult as you get used to having a bag in the way. It won’t always feel that way, I promise. You will find a new way of sleeping that allows you to not worry about bag...
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