In the colder weather more fibre and meals of warmth including roasts, stews, soups and vegetables may find themselves on the dinner table more often. For some this doesn’t make a difference and they tolerate as much fibre as the next person with or without a stoma. For others (including myself) it's a sure fire way into the danger zone! Im talking blockages, potential leaks caused, or higher output than normal. Keep a track of what you are eating if you find a change in your toilet habits so it is easier to identify what the cause is to be able to eliminate it. If you are making a bolognese and want to have lots of extra vegetables to bulk it up and make it go further, mix it in a blender so it is easier to digest. If you do this with dishes where you need to make a sauce or stock, you can get the extra nutrients and minerals in without the added risk of a blockage.
With an ileostomy, hydration is key for me. I need to actively ensure I am drinking little and often or the headaches set in and I start to feel out of sorts. I have bought a smart watch from Amazon linked here which has a reminder for having a drink. You can set it to how often you would like and it vibrates and shows you a cup of water to tell you to hydrate. I set mine for every hour and have noticed a big difference. It's scary to think how little you drink when you are living at 100mph, and if you are like me and remember in a few hours you haven’t stopped to do so, it can be difficult clawing hydration back having got so behind. Bottles with lines and reminders to drink are great but I still don't stop to do it. This little gadget has been a game changer. Find a prompt that works for you and keep drinking. I love tea and coffee and the change in temperature makes me have a lot more hot drinks than during the warmer months. I make sure I have no more than 1 caffeine drink a day as they seem to increase my output. For the rest of the day it's decaf all the way. I made the switch pretty soon after surgery and haven't looked back. Some describe terrible headaches when doing so but I can't say I experienced any.
Disclaimer: As always, this post is from our blogger, Rachel's, experience of living with an ostomy & Hirschsprung's Disease & from what she has researched. Nothing in our blog posts should be taken as medical advice. It's always best to consult a medical professional if you have queries or concerns.
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