Bringing comfort and clarity to the what, why and how of an impending Ostomy surgery.
If you took part in physical activity before surgery there is absolutely no reason why you can’t get back to that again. If you have never taken part in physical exercise before it is important to start off slowly. A gentle walk or swimming are both very easy on your abdominal muscles. Ensure that you stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water. Take your time and don’t overdo yourself. Enjoy getting back to exercising.
My recent surgery was planned unlike the other two. I personally think having a planned surgery gives your mind more time to go into overtime, thinking about every little detail whereas before I just went along and didn’t ask many questions. Everyone’s journey is different, like I lived life to the full and still continually do.
I am very lucky here in Nottingham UK, I have lots of ways to order supplies and good links to stoma nurses too. My stoma nurse is Kate Wilson at the Queens Medical Centre in Nottingham and she has been fantastic. I can ring her any time and she will get back to me as quickly as possible.
Something I never thought I would write an article about.. “How to take a Shower” ?. It’s harder than it seems though with an ostomy bag; and it can get downright uncomfortable! It took me quite awhile to get used to the feeling, so here are some of the tips and tricks that worked for me; hopefully they’ll help you guys be a little bit more comfortable when you’re trying to get clean!
After 3 years of living with Ulcerative Colitis my body decided to reject every medication available to me at the time, in 2014 I was told I needed surgery one day and a few days later... I was giving my consent for the operation and wearing the trendy blue gown to be wheeled down to theatre.
A stoma nurse was soon at my side with leaflets and a marker pen to mark where my stoma would be. That was so scary as I didn’t have long to come to terms with it all. Maybe that was for the best as I would have thought too much about it.