Talking to friends – and even family – about your ostomy may seem overwhelming at first. You might wonder where to begin the conversation and how much you need to explain. The best way to know how to answer questions about your ostomy is to think through how you want to respond beforehand. Here are a few ideas to consider when talking about your ostomy with others.
The month of November is here, which means that we are marching steadily from autumn into winter. Grills are getting put away, decorations are coming up from the basement, and people are making plans for feasts, festivities, and relaxing by the fireplace.
As the seasons change, so do the steps that ostomates must take to care for their condition. And while the cool, dry air of winter is in many ways more manageable than summer’s heat and humidity, it still offers its own unique challenges.
You can plan ahead and know how to be prepared-yet-flexible.
Ostomy surgery can feel like a major disruption in your everyday life, with new practices, habits, guidelines, and restrictions to deal with. Luckily, your daily diet is not an aspect that requires a major overhaul. Eating is one way in which we exert control over our lives, and following a normal diet can be a strong source of comfort to those with ostomies.
But even though there may not be a need for seismic shifts in your eating habits, there are small changes you can make to ensure your diet stays on track. Here is a guide to healthy eating.
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
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:
Hula hoops have grown up! Today hula hoops are one of the latest trends in fitness equipment. But these aren’t the hula hoops you played with as a kid. Hula hoops now come in differing weights. Instead of the added weight making the hooping harder, the lighter the hula hoop the more difficult it is to use.
Interested in adding a hula hoop to your next workout? Here’s what you need to know: Read more
Keeping the skin around your stoma (peristomal skin) healthy is important. You can steer clear of many complications by following these simple suggestions.
Bath and shower tips
You can bathe and shower just as you did before surgery, with your pouch on or off—the choice is up to you. Because soap residue can cause your skin barrier to lift, avoid oil-based and moisturizing soaps.
Choose a well-fitting skin barrier
To help keep the skin around your stoma healthy, it is important that your skin barrier fits properly. Choose a well-fitting pouching system to help prevent irritating stoma contents from coming into contact with your skin. Your ostomy nurse can teach you how to use a measuring guide to determine the size of your stoma and select a cut-to-fit, pre-cut or moldable barrier. Changes to the abdomen caused by pregnancy, exercise, weight gain/loss or certain medical conditions may also require a new pouching system and/or size. You may need to measure your stoma periodically. Read more
“It took me seventeen years to get three thousand hits in baseball. It took one afternoon on the golf course.” – Hank Aaron
Whether you find golf relaxing or maddening – or even both at the same time – it remains a popular summer pastime. And while it may not be considered among the most athletic of activities, it’s still a great way to get exercise as the warm weather rolls in. Read more