laurence

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  1. Ostomy shower guards in the UK?

    The stomagear link is: https://www.stomagear.com/?gclid=CL_LooKjzNMCFQO5wAodXJgNng In keeping with that link, for the purpose of showering, what if you were to buy an appropriately sized plastic container, cut it to shape and cut slits in it to accommodate a D ring belt being passed through it, pad it and waterproof it next to your skin (top and sides) by affixing one-side adhesive foam weatherstripping to the container perimeter?  Maybe an easy, quick and cheap DIY solution?
  2. In the post

    You're going to risk not having your needed ostomy supplies for some 20 pounds?  I wouldn't...  Really?
  3. Make some phone calls to hospitals, pharmacies.  In the meantime, buy a roll of duct tape... PS  Texas comprises almost 262,000 square miles...
  4. URGENT wafer problem

    What about Nexcare Liquid Bandage? (Same as Cavillon Spray but available over the counter at pharmacy for much less.)
  5. Pain and prolapsed stoma

    Protein shakes and bars and oatmeal (small flakes, well cooked).  Pork (lean) and cold water fishes.  Also Gatorade. Good Luck.
  6. Thought I'd share some products/ adaptations given that Summer (in the Northern Hemisphere anyway) is just around the bend... ALP Global Sure Seal Rings - These are hydrocolloid flange overlays that keep water out but allow for air to pass.  Great for swimming. http://www.alpglobal.com/Sure-Seal-TM-Rings.html Slimmer Belt - This is a waist wrap made out of neoprene suitable for aquatic sports.  You can get them with an inside envelope meant to hold an ice pack - works well to fit pouch rotated sideways.  http://www.walmart.com/c/kp/slimmer-belts Perspiration Shield - You make this yourself.  Out of polyester fleece fabric, cut out an oval, 9 inches by 6 inches, then cut a hole 3 inches on center, diameter of which goes around intersection of flange and pouch.  Slip bag through hole so Perspiration Shield hangs down, protecting from heat rash, wicking away perspiration. Have fun!  
  7. Thought I'd share some products/ adaptations given that Summer (in the Northern Hemisphere anyway) is just around the bend... ALP Global Sure Seal Rings - These are hydrocolloid flange overlays that keep water out but allow for air to pass.  Great for swimming. http://www.alpglobal.com/Sure-Seal-TM-Rings.html Slimmer Belt - This is a waist wrap made out of neoprene suitable for aquatic sports.  You can get them with an inside envelope meant to hold an ice pack - works well to fit pouch rotated sideways.  http://www.walmart.com/c/kp/slimmer-belts Perspiration Shield - You make this yourself.  Out of polyester fleece fabric, cut out an oval, 9 inches by 6 inches, then cut a hole 3 inches on center, diameter of which goes around intersection of flange and pouch.  Slip bag through hole so Perspiration Shield hangs down, protecting from heat rash, wicking away perspiration. Have fun!  
  8. "Advice or suggestions on how I may treat this?"   Uhhh...  Quickly.  Toxic shock possibilities? "Ho un mal di pancia."
  9. Peace and long life, Meemie.
  10. Meemie, I visited your website.  It's quite nice but it is a commercial one.  Do you intend to contribute to this website, supporting Jason, in consideration for the market research you are doing here, giving back, so to speak?  My understanding is that for profit uses of this forum are frowned upon.  Jason?
  11. Closed ostomy pouches

    Queensgirl 52, If you're going to empty from a kneeling position in front of the toilet bowl, you may want to drop some toilet paper into the bowl first to avoid back-splash.
  12. Closed ostomy pouches

    The contributors above both have great ideas for you, Queensgirl 52. A drainable pouch will accord you the maximum flexibility in living your life and, if I may add to that, a two-piece system generally even more so. Here's a bit of a variation on their routines: When out, what I do to drain is to sit on a toilet, seat up, back toward the tank as far back as possible.  I carry antiseptic wipes to clean around the top of the bowl before sitting down,  Then I squeeze as much of the effluent/ bowel excretions out of the bottom of the bag with my fingers as I can.  Then I roll up toilet paper and insert the cigar-shaped wad into the drainage end of the bag and wipe it clean.  Another such toilet paper roll up coated with alcohol hand sanitizer (which I carry with me) finishes the clean so that the end can then be secured.  Hand sanitize and you're done.  Ba da bing, ba da boom. At home, I snap off the filled bag and snap on a clean one (I use a two-piece system), pressure wash the filled bag using shower temperature water with a garden hose and nozzle attachment I've rigged up to my shower head using a splitter, hose long enough to reach to toilet.  I then hang up cleaned bag on metal shower curtain hook to air dry to be reused.  (Used bags get discarded at first sign of wear but they hold up for a long time.) So, Good Luck, Queensgirl 52.  You'll get used to the care and feeding of your new little appendage and, I suspect, soon enough you'll be back to some degree of normality in your life; almost all of us generally do.  And remember:  Better a bag than a box... Best, Laurence.
  13. I want my six-pack back

    Interesting, Clare - Indirect core strengthening.  I'll see how I can adapt that.  Thanks. And, as an aside, you may not want go attaching the same set-up to your legs at the same time - Wouldn't like to hear about you being drawn and quartered...
  14. I'm a male in my late 50's with an ileostomy and a not too large, manageable and likely permanent hernia around my stoma. I've been doing isometrics, crunches and leg pull-ins since probably about a year or so from my operation, so some 10 years now.  The abdominal core is firm enough and I'm not complaining but It would be good to improve it if I could and, to that end, I'm wondering if anyone out there has had success with some other sorts of exercises/ strengthening drills.  Would appreciate the sharing. P.S.  I don't really expect to ever get the full six-pack back again but I do want it to be the best it can be...