Bringing comfort and clarity to the what, why and how of an impending Ostomy surgery.
I have come to realise a new respect for others who have difficult stomas and the troubles that it brings, I am no longer in the mindset that everyone has the same stoma journey and that not all stomas are equal, just like humans, we all are different.
One of the most common reasons ostomates request a review appointment is that they have noticed some bleeding around their stoma. One of the most common reasons for this is a little thing called a granuloma, this usually occurs at the junction of where the stoma joins onto the skin. This is thought to be due to where the sutures have been and an irritation at the mucocutaneous junction.
What I tend to do as soon as I can is get the bag off and jump in the shower ( bag off ), or run a nice bath ( with bag on) then sit up on the bed with a drink and a good program on the TV, and air the stoma and skin for a good hour. This makes me feel much better and helps me to de-stress. I can physically feel my skin improve around the stoma. This can take a small amount of preparation so that I don’t have an accident on the bed.
Samples I have requested over the years are varied – pouches, thickeners, deodorisers, covers, adhesive wipes and sprays, gels and wet wipes …. The list goes on.
To everyone who is struggling with his or her body image now, I want you to know that it’s okay. I still struggle. There are days where I think I’m freaking hot and totally feeling myself. Then there are days where it’s the complete opposite.