• 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…

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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…