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The Life of an Ostomy Nurse: One WOCN’s Story

Pat Dittes is a WOCN and longtime customer of Edgepark. She agreed to share her story to help educate those with an ostomy about the benefits of working with a WOCN pre- and post-surgery and during the transition to home to enhance their care routine.

During her 17 years as a WOCN (wound, ostomy and continence nurse), Pat has emphasized one important message to her ostomy patients.

“Life WILL return to normal,” says Pat, who assures her patients and their loved ones that someone with an ostomy can do anything they used to do before surgery – the only difference is how they go to the bathroom. Read more

Myths and facts about diabetes and diet

MYTH: You must avoid sugar at all costs.

Fact:
The good news is that you can enjoy your favorite treats as long as you plan properly and limit those hidden sugars in many packaged foods. Dessert doesn’t have to be off limits, as long as it’s a part of a healthy meal plan or combined with exercise. Read more

How to break the top 5 bad diabetes habits

When dealing with a chronic illness, especially one like diabetes that requires constant attention, it’s easy to take shortcuts and fall into bad habits. One postponed doctor appointment here, an unchanged lancet there. Diabetes can be a time-consuming condition and it can be easy to take a few shortcuts in your care plan. Unfortunately, these seemingly helpful time-savers can develop into bad habits–ones that make managing your diabetes more difficult in the long run. To help you get back on track, we’ve rounded up some of the top bad diabetes habits and replaced them with good ones. Although these habits cannot be changed completely overnight, there’s no reason you can’t start making small strides in the right direction now!  Ask yourself the following questions to find out if you might be drifting into a few diabetes bad habits:
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Talking about diabetes with family, friends and others

When you are first diagnosed with diabetes, one of the first questions in your mind is whether you should tell others, who you should tell, and what you should tell them. There are two things to keep in mind when making these decisions – safety and comfort. Read more

Get Out, Enjoy Life!

The 5th annual Get Out, Enjoy Life (GOEL) event kicked off June 1. Once again, LASCI (Life After Spinal Cord Injury) is a sponsor for this daily destination contest.

To participate in the 2015 GOEL contest, visit the LASCI Facebook page at www.facebook.com/LASCIonline. Each day, you’ll find an accessible outdoor opportunity listed there. When you comment on the posting, you’ll automatically be entered to win the daily prize backpack courtesy of our friends at Hollister, Inc stuffed with goodies to help make your summer travels more enjoyable. Read more

“How can I help?” Tips for caregivers of newly diagnosed diabetes patients

A diabetes diagnosis brings lifestyle changes for both the patient and their caregiver. Caring for a child may be instinctual, but how do you provide the right amount, and best kind of, support to an adult who is adjusting to diabetes treatment compliance? Read more

Ostomy Accessories to Help You Have a Great Summer!

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Spring brings new opportunities to get outside and enjoy the warmer weather. But as we move into Spring and Summer, those with an ostomy have some special concerns unique to the season. Increased activity and higher temperatures affect pouch wearers: Read more

Fitness Corner: Getting More From Your Walk

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Walking is a great way to add activity into your daily routine. To help make your walk more of a challenge, consider these ideas for a walking workout! Read more

How to Care for Your Stoma

You wake up from ostomy surgery with a new friend in your life – your stoma. Like belly buttons, every stoma is different. But they all have one thing in common – they need attention and care.

The first thing you need to do is measure your stoma, and continue to do so weekly until it is healed. This will ensure you are using correctly sized pouches and barriers. At first, your stoma will be swollen, and then it will change in size and shape as it heals. This takes about three months. Keep measuring and adjust your supplies to fit. It will appear red and moist, much like the lining of the inside of your mouth. Read more

Debunking Diabetes Myths

Diabetes is often a misunderstood disease. If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with diabetes, it is important to get the facts. Here are some common myths surrounding diabetes. Read more