Category : Lorraine Patrick

Dealing with sore skin around your stoma

Hey guys today I wanted to share with you my tips for dealing with sore skin. At some point most of you have probably had sore or itchy skin in the area around the stoma where the flange sits. Personally I use Cavilon barrier spray and Eakin Slims. The spray puts a thin coating on your skin to help protect it from becoming sore and the Slim, which is a small, thin moldable ring fits snuggly around the stoma to […]

Dealing with ostomy pouch odours

If you already have a stoma, you’ll know that sometimes odour can be a problem when emptying your pouch. I used to worry a bit about going to other people’s houses for dinner as I knew that as soon as I’d eaten my bag would start to fill and I would inevitably need to empty it. Sometimes there’s virtually no smell and other times the stench could kill a horse! So what can you do? Well firstly, take note if […]

There are no silly questions

Hello everyone, I’m Lorraine. I have had my stoma for 6 years and in that time I have come to the conclusion there are no silly questions, so if you want to ask us anything please feel free. We are all so diverse so our problems and solutions will be different and that’s ok, we’re here to help. This is a safe place for you to come and express your concerns, read how others deal with life with a stoma […]

Having an ileostomy has enabled me to live normally

Hello, my name is Lorraine and I am 37 years old. I was diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis when I was 18 years old. For me a flare was usually brought on by stress and in 2010 I had a very severe flare up due to major life changes which resulted in emergency surgery to remove my colon and give me an ileostomy. I didn’t even know that my illness could get that bad until it happened. I know that sometimes […]