Stoma shock! Waking up with a stoma

Clinical Advisor


From A Bigger Life

If you have had your stoma formed as the result of an emergency operation you won’t have had the benefit from pre op information. Your immediate thoughts will be of panic and fear, you will wonder how you are going to manage your stoma and get back to normal life.

  • The first thing to realise is your thoughts are absolutely normal, so take a deep breath and take time to adjust.
  • Begin to learn your stoma care at your own pace. Ask your stoma nurse questions and keep asking until you are confident you are able to manage your stoma on your own.
  • Be rest assured that given time and when you recover you will be able to manage your stoma care and you will be able to get back to a normal life doing all the activities you done before.

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