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September 21, 2016

Common Vitamin and Nutritional Deficiencies of Ostomy Patients

The large intestine is the final portion of the gastrointestinal tract. It performs the vital task of absorbing water in addition to vitamins and nutrients that have been produced by gut bacteria. Since some of your body’s nutrition is absorbed in the large intestine, those who have received an ileostomy are more susceptible to nutritional deficiencies. Colostomy or urostomy patients also have distinctive dietary variables to…

September 20, 2016

Living Life Fully with Your Ostomy – Part 3: Practical Habits

I walked as carefully yet as quickly as possible down the aisle of the darkened airplane, trying not to make any noise that would awaken the sleeping passengers.  Those who weren’t quite asleep must have thought they were dreaming, as I stumbled past, my hands clutching my pants somewhere between my knees and my upper thighs.  At that moment, I wished I was dreaming, but…

September 9, 2016

Living Life Fully with Your Ostomy, Part 2: Supportive People

“This one leaked again last night too.  Am I going to have to sleep with a plastic sheet for the rest of my life?!?” I sat on a chair across from my Enterostomal Therapy Nurse (called “ET nurse” from here on), slumped forward as I relayed the details of another night-time ostomy bag failure.  I was feeling frustrated and dejected.   It had been several…

September 1, 2016

What You Need to Know About Swimming with an Ostomy

New ostomy patients have a lot of questions when it comes to their lifestyle, after the procedure.  One of the first that comes to mind, is “Can I swim with an ostomy?”. You most certainly can. But it can be more complicated than that. Some of you may have heard the unfortunate stories about those living with an ostomy being asked to leave public pools….

August 18, 2016

Living Life Fully with Your Ostomy – Part 1

Let’s be honest. Doing life with an ostomy can be challenging – wearing a bag can be inconvenient at certain times and downright embarrassing at others. Thankfully, there are ways you can reduce the possibility and the frequency of those times where your ostomy supplies “malfunction”. I’ll never forget one of the first public incidents I had with my ostomy bag. It was a hot…

July 23, 2016

Living Life With an Exclamation Mark, Even When You Don’t Have a Colon!

Growing up, I was the kid who never got sick. Naturally lean and always active, especially in the outdoors, I could eat what I wanted, when I wanted, and never seemed to suffer any ill effects. By the time I was a teen, I had just as much reason as anyone to feel like I was invincible.   Fast forward past high school, through university,…