• 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…

  • 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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    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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    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…

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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…