Bringing comfort and clarity to the what, why and how of an impending Ostomy surgery.
I am all for saying my stoma saved my life, and it did. But I would prefer not to have it at all and be well. That is not going to happen so I accept my life and live it to the best I can.
We share some tips on how to ensure that you keep as mentally well as possible following ostomy surgery. Whenever somebody asks, “How you feel?” your automatic reaction is “I’m fine.” But really, you need to talk to people and tell people if you’re not fine. Having major surgery is a difficult thing and it does take time to recover. We would really encourage you to take to others, be honest.
The biggest piece of advice I can offer a new ostomate is to speak to others who have gone through the same thing you are facing! My ileostomy was created just over ten years ago on the 18th March 2008, so in this blog I thought I would share with you the acceptance, problems and recovery during that time, and so as such, it is designed for the newer ostomate.
Just like everybody is an individual, there is no one shape or size of stoma. Whenever you look online or if your nurse goes through your pre-op booklet and you’ll see an image of a stoma, there is no guarantee that your stoma will look like that
There are many reasons why people visit their stoma care nurse, a common reason would be that their ostomy pouch won’t stick. We have listed a few reasons why this might happen.
The children are a huge part of my life and have helped me recover. My ileostomy gave me my life back and I’m still here and enjoying life with my family and those precious little people.