Bringing comfort and clarity to the what, why and how of an impending Ostomy surgery.
Don't throw out old unused ostomy products, instead donate them to a local ostomy support group. Within the time of living with a stoma the vast majority of people try lots of different products. There will be a time that you will have some unwanted stock that you aren't sure what to do with.
Controlling your emotions after any kind of traumatic ordeal isn’t easy; and having a surgery that completely changes your basic human bathroom functions is going to be pretty well up there as far as making your emotions go a little haywire for a bit.
It can be very difficult to keep the skin around your stoma pain free, especially if you have other issues like fistula or uneven skin. It can be trial and error with solutions and bags. One tends to carry on with whatever bag is offered in hospital and struggle through because we don’t know any different.
There is no one type of person who will have an ostomy, therefore not everyone will cope with an ostomy in the same way. People will have different levels of acceptance and openness about their ostomy.