Traveling with an ostomy pouch can be a daunting prospect, but it’s much easier than you think as long as you’re prepared and armed with the right information. If you’re flying for the first time since receiving your stoma, you’ll likely have a lot of questions about what kind of items you need to take when traveling to manage your condition. There’s no reason why having a stoma should prevent you from traveling abroad – the key is to make sure you have the essentials you need to ensure an enjoyable and comfortable trip. (more…)
While you can generally eat what you want with an ostomy bag, there are certain foods that you should avoid depending on how they affect your body. Some foods can cause the production of gas, which if you have an ostomy, can be fairly uncomfortable and sometimes painful. While everyone reacts differently, it’s best to test out each food and see how your body responds so that you can enjoy the food you’re eating and not be worried about the consequences. Here are a few foods to avoid with an ostomy bag due to their gas-producing tendencies.
Gas is a natural consequence of the digestion process, and some foods cause gas more than others. If you’re living with an ostomy, you may find it painful or uncomfortable after consuming certain foods, so it’s good to have an idea of which foods cause gas to eliminate or reduce any feelings of discomfort.
So why do some foods cause gas? Well, the process of digestion can sometimes result in the production of gas, which can lead you to expel gas in a number of ways. Certain factors other than food can result in gas too, such as swallowing air while chewing and eating too quickly. Hunger can also cause gas, as when your stomach is empty it can easily fill up with air. If you’re finding that you’re experiencing a build up on a regular basis, here are a few foods to avoid that cause gas. (more…)
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While ostomy surgery is still fairly rare, it’s not as rare as you may think. In fact, over 750,000 people live with ostomies in America alone. According to the United Ostomy Association of America, over 130,000 life-saving ostomy surgeries occur in America each year. Interestingly, there are a number of key figures in history who have also undergone ostomy surgery. Some of these individuals were sporting professionals, who went on to enjoy successful and healthy careers even after having their external pouch fitted. Here are a few famous ostomates that you may have heard of who were affected by colon diseases and who have had ostomy surgery to keep them alive. (more…)
Ostomy Associations In Canada & USA
A list of the leading Ostomy Associations in Canada and the USA.
Ostomy Associations in Canada
Ostomy Canada Society – www.ostomycanada.ca
A volunteer organization committed to helping those with an ostomy to live their life to the fullest through support, education, collaboration and advocacy.
Vancouver United Ostomy Association – www.uoacvancouver.weebly.com
An organization that aims to help those seeking ostomy rehabilitation, education and welfare in Vancouver. Part of the United Ostomy Association of Canada.
Canadian Chapters of Ostomy Canada Society – http://www.ostomycanada.ca/support/canadian-chapters/
Ostomy Canada Society Chapters run across all 10 provinces and have been created to help people who have had or may have ostomy surgery, by providing support and understanding to their families, partners, caregivers and friends.
While it may take time to adapt to living with an ostomy bag, that doesn’t mean that you can’t lead a normal life. If you’re due to be fitted with an ostomy bag, or you recently had surgery, there are probably a number of questions running through your mind about quality of life. In actual fact, you can still do the same activities as you enjoyed before your ostomy surgery, you just need to adapt your lifestyle slightly to accommodate your pouch. Activities such as shopping, sports and travel can all still play a part in your life, and you must remember that your pouch doesn’t define you. Here are a few tips to help you live a normal life with an ostomy bag and enjoy the high quality of life while you do things you love.
Last week we wrote about wound and dressing care following your ostomy surgery. Remember, you are not the only one going through this experience! Building up your strength following the surgery can take a couple of weeks, and it’s important you take proper care of yourself in that time. Here are a few more tips on overcoming post hospital problems after ostomy surgery.
When you’re in hospital post-surgery, you may be given pain medication on a drip or with a PCA device, which provides pain medication whenever you need it. However, your dosage will be reduced when you leave the hospital to prevent you from becoming dependent on the drug. It’s important that you are aware of your pain levels and whether you are taking the right amount of medication. You should be able to get out of bed in a morning and perform deep breathing exercises, however if you are experiencing pain that stops you from breathing properly, you need to consult your doctor. Take your medication as prescribed and consult your doctor about any other medications that you may be taking. It’s important not to take your medication into your own hands!
Overcoming Post Hospital Problems After Ostomy Surgery
After having ostomy surgery, there are certain steps you need to take to adapt to everyday life and overcome common post hospital problems. After your surgery, you will be monitored by a health care team who will help in aiding your road to recovery.
When you leave the hospital, you should expect a couple of weeks rest at home to build up your strength after surgery and get used to life with an ostomy bag. However, during this time, you are bound to experience a few hiccups and teething problems before you get to grips with caring for your ostomy and adapting your lifestyle. Here are a few common issues that many people deal with after ostomy surgery. You are not alone!
Looking after a wound is always challenging, as you need to care for it properly to minimize the risk of infection. For operations performed laparoscopically, tape is usually placed over the incision and the dressings will likely be removed in hospital. For open colostomy surgery, the wound will be larger and you may have long tape and dressing covering the incision. The dressing will likely be removed in hospital, two days after your operation, but if your wound has been closed with small metal staples, they may need to be removed at your post-operation visit.
After surgery, the ostomy incision may be left opened to decrease the risk of infection and you may be required to change your dressings daily. Incisions can take up to four weeks to heal, but if you don’t feel comfortable changing it, either seek assistance from a nurse to help you understand how to do it properly, ask a family member to help you with it, or enquire at the hospital if you qualify for a nurse to assist you in your home.
It’s important that you know exactly what needs to be done to take care of your ostomy wound as well as what you shouldn’t do. Every operation is different and may require a different level of care, so it’s important to know this so you can prevent infection or wound damage.
While you may think that dressing with an ostomy pouch will drastically change your fashion choices, fortunately there are many steps you can take to ensure that your ostomy bag doesn’t interfere with your wardrobe styling. Nowadays, stoma bags are discreet and flexible, which means that they move with your body and are less visible through clothing.
It’s important to discuss your preferences with your nurse or surgeon too, as you may be able to choose where to place your ostomy before surgery so that it’s comfortable for you and your clothing choices. Living with a pouch can be inconvenient, but it doesn’t have to affect the way you dress as much as you may think. Here are a few tips to help you feel confident with your styling and more comfortable when dressing with a bag.
Fitted Ostomy Bag