• Health Advocacy,  IBD,  Life,  Nursing

    How Inflammatory Bowel Disease Changed My Life

    I am sitting here typing this, sipping on ginger ale to ease the nausea, thinking back on how Crohn’s disease has affected my life. It certainly has had its negative effects (note the current fear of moving because I think it will make me throw up). But it has also had its positives. Isn’t it strange to say such an awful disease has done so much good in my life? When I was fifteen, my thoughts of the future included fashion design or early childhood education or home economics teaching or I don’t really know. I wasn’t sure where life would take me to be honest. I had many interests,…

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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…

  • 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…

  • Health Advocacy,  IBD,  Nursing

    Diagnosing IBD

    When the words “Inflammatory Bowel Disease”, “Crohn’s”, or “Ulcerative Colitis” are mentioned for the first time in a doctor’s office, confusion can take over. What does this mean for you and your body? What tests are going to be done to make sure your diagnosis is accurate? In this post, I am going to talk about many (definitely not all) of the tests that can be done when IBD is suspected. This list may seem overwhelming, so please take your journey one day at a time! X-Ray   One of the first and most simple tests that can be done is an x-ray. It can give enough information to your…

  • 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…

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    My Story with Crohn’s Disease

    My story with Crohn’s Disease may be a familiar one to you – whether you’ve suffered hours alone in the bathroom or spent many a night in a hospital room. I share my story to give hope to those currently struggling, unable to see a light at the end of the tunnel. I was about eight years old when the symptoms started sneaking in. A little bit longer in the bathroom, loss of appetite, and a dip on the growth curve. Pediatrician visits left us with recommendations of drinking more milk. A little bit longer in the bathroom turned into hours spent there. Drinking more milk left us with more…