Bringing comfort and clarity to the what, why and how of an impending Ostomy surgery.
I recently just got married and for me my stoma was something to consider with my wedding dress. Being an ostomate with an ileostomy we tend to empty our bags often, so to have a big princess dress in a toilet cubicle is not the easiest. I went for a small floaty skirt starting at the waist so it wasn’t affecting the bag at all. I had to consider that it wasn’t too tight over the area of the bag.
I’ve had my Stoma for ten years now, and in that time, I have tried multiple products in an attempt to find what works best for me. I thought I’d mention them – just in case there is something you have not thought of. Everyone has different needs, we are all different shapes, sizes – the products I use may not be ideal for you, but hopefully it’ll give you some ideas to help you experiment.
Life has changed for us but I too am changing and trying to embrace my ‘new normal'. My second grandchild is due shortly, I will not let this win. Life is just too precious.
Everyone is different even if we all have the same organ gone. Experimenting with different foods will help you find what you like and what you can tolerate. Smoothies are a great way to get veggies and protein in that your body can absorb better. Taking Imodium daily helps slow down my output during the day as well which is helpful for my busy lifestyle.
Some people stared at me on the beach when I had my bag/ Tomas cover out. I am quite a strong person so it didn’t really bother me that much, but when I don’t want the attention I wear high waisted bikinis or shorts to feel ‘normal’.