• Ostomy Care

    How to Get Ostomy Supplies

    Walking out of the hospital, excited to finally be freed of the midnight vitals and the doctors rounding at 5am, you very quickly realized you’ll now need medical supplies. Beyond that, you’ll need to deal with insurance, medical supply companies, prescriptions and doctors. This is my very simplified version of how people get ostomy supplies. Ostomy supplies usually require a prescription from your doctor (whether it is your gastrointestinal doctor or another specialist), particularly if you plan to get supplies through insurance. Doctors are often able to send your prescriptions directly to these supply companies, much like your doctor can call in a medicine prescription to a pharmacy. Doctors can…

  • Life,  Ostomy Care

    Why I Don’t Empty My Bag

    The first bag a brand new ostomate gets is usually a clear, one or two piece drainable pouch. The closure might be a clip, some velcro, or even a nozzle for those who have urostomies. It took me a few years to get away from these types of pouches. Let me tell you why I don’t empty my ostomy anymore. The first reason I steered away from these bags is the emptying part. I hated awkwardly leaning down to empty my ostomy into the toilet, worried of a clip removed prematurely, a splash back, or just a bad aim. I was always nervous emptying my pouch and ruining my outfit…

  • Ostomy Care,  Reviews,  Uncategorized

    Ostomy Aid Review

    Do you remember the first time you emptied your ostomy? Are you just now facing emptying it for the first time? Does it worry you? I am writing this post to share with you a device that can assist you in emptying your pouch – and save you the worry! Ostomy Aid was created with patient dignity in mind. To be perfectly honest, even after years of practice emptying, I still had the occasion to pop the clip off a little too early… which always resulted in a big cleanup. Ostomy Aid is a way to empty the pouch while comfortably sitting down on the toilet – like you would…

  • Ostomy Care

    He Sticks With Me Even When My Bag Doesn’t

    Here’s a cutsie story to prove love exists, even with a bag. I can’t even count how many times people have come to me, asking how someone could ever love them with a bag on their side. Ostomies and relationships are a common worry. Zak and I had been dating for maybe a couple of weeks the first time I slept over. We were still in that phase where we didn’t quite know where it was going, but we enjoyed each other’s company and spent as much time as possible together. He knew about my ostomy and I was very open with it. I never felt shy telling someone I…