• 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…

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    I’m Your Nurse, We Have the Same Disease

    Many of my friends here online know I shout about my disease to the world. Very early on after ostomy surgery, the fear of what people thought of me subsided and I became very proud that I owned this bagged belly. I tell everyone… pretty much every friend, friend-of-a-friend, coworker, etc. knows I have this. It makes it much easier to explain the odd noises coming from my stomach this way. You may wonder how I handle working with children (and parents of these children) being diagnosed with the same disease I have lived with for over 13 years. I feel as though I have great advice to share, especially…

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    Changing an Ostomy Bag – The Basics

    The way one person changes an ostomy can differ greatly from another person’s method, but there are some simple basics that almost everyone follows. These are the steps I follow to get the longest wear-time out of my bags and to keep my skin healthy! The Prep Laying out everything you need prior to peeling the old bag off cuts down on changing time. Ensure your wafer is cut to your stoma’s size and shape. Most ostomy companies provide templates to help you measure, but another method is saving a previous wafer’s backing as your template. A rounded pair of scissors makes it easy to cut circular shapes. Adding paste…