Bringing comfort and clarity to the what, why and how of an impending Ostomy surgery.
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.
On Friday 29th September this year I married my best friend and soulmate, the very person who has been by my side through all my “sickness and health”. Our family and friends from far and near (even as far as Australia) gathered at 3pm to watch us become one, all the love and emotion that surrounded us was overwhelming.
You may have come across the word pancaking and wondering what it means. Pancaking is a common problems that people with a colostomy will complain about. It is caused when output stays on top of the stoma, and does not move down into the bottom of the pouch. It dries out and sticks around the stoma, instead of falling to the bottom.
My managers came to visit me before I had surgery just to check in with me, and they tried to reassure me which helped mentally. I feel very lucky to have good support at work as I know that is not always the case for a lot of people with invisible illnesses.
So I have a drawer in the bathroom where I keep my disposable bags, a pair of scissors; my adhesive removal spray, skin barrier wipes, seals and dry wipes. I keep my actual bags in a drawer in my bedroom as I have very inquisitive nieces and nephews running around after me.
On Friday 29th September this year I married my best friend and soulmate, the very person who has been by my side through all my "sickness and health". Our family and friends from far and near (even as far as Australia) gathered at 3pm to watch us become one, all the love and emotion that surrounded us was overwhelming.
I tell you all this not to scare you out of choosing ostomy surgery as its never really a choice but to let you know that even after enduring three years of hell, I have come out the other side stronger than before and so glad that I didn’t give up on myself.