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.
I write a lot of technical articles that have practical advice you can apply to both your Ostomy and having Colitis/Crohns Disease in general to improve your quality of life; but with this one I wanted to take a step back and look at the mental aspects and emotional toughness that it takes to deal with having an Ostomy.
The dictionary definition of a stoma is from the Greek meaning “mouth, or opening” – it is usually created as a result of a Diverticular disease. A stoma is created from part of your intestine whereby an opening on your abdomen is created into which the stoma is then attached.
I was given a sedative first and it worked a treat, I felt nicely drunk and relaxed. The oxygen mask went on and that was that. Nothing to be scared about if you know what to expect.
Pain after any surgical procedure is common however it should not be overwhelming, and it should not be uncontrollable. If your having a planned procedure you should have the opportunity to discuss your options for pain management with the anesthetist or with the pain nurse.
I feel like I spend a lot of time talking to other ostomates about feeling confident. It usually takes time to feel that way and you may not always feel good. Surrounding yourself with friends and family that love you no matter what will help. My friends don’t care about it and if I fart or make a noise, we all just start laughing. Laughing makes me feel better and it lightens the mood.