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The Backbone of the NHS

The Backbone of the NHS

Many of you reading this post may have spent a fair amount of time in hospital. It's pretty hard not too when you have a stoma and everything that can come with that!

Since my urostomy surgery in 2015 when I officially became a ‘double bagger’ I have spent a lot of time in the hospital due to complications with my ileostomy prolapse, numerous refashion surgeries, kidney infections and recurrent unknown sepsis. Last year (2016) I clocked up a total of 8 months as an inpatient in Bournemouth Hospital mainly on ward 15 and 16 the colorectal and urology surgical wards. They were fantastic and felt like my second home. This year (2017) I have only been admitted 6 times which is a miracle in itself compared to last year. 

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Urostomy and Night Drainage Systems

Urostomy and Night Drainage Systems

Welcome to my 7th episode of the #UnderstandingUrostomies series all about urostomy and using a Night drainage system.

I have noticed that not everybody with a urostomy will use a night drainage system at night. In this post, I will explain a bit more about the different types of night drainage systems available and cover some hints and tips.

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Urostomy Association Weekend Event and Why they Need Younger Urostomates to Get Involved!!!

Urostomy Association Weekend Event and Why they Need Younger Urostomates to Get Involved!!!

So for the last 5 weeks every Friday I have been doing the #UnderstandingUrostomies series and I have really enjoyed it. It is lovely having the positive feedback and seeing how many people the series is helping.

If you have seen from my Facebook Blog Page I have been in hospital this week due to a stubborn kidney infection and I haven’t had chance to put anything together in detail so I have decided for today’s post to write about my fantastic weekend at the Urostomy Association (UA) event 3 weeks ago on the 9th and 10th September in Staverton Park Hotel Northampton.

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Urostomy and Diet?

Urostomy and Diet?

Welcome to the FIRST of my series #UnderstandingUrostomies which will be every Friday. This series should help educate ALL ostomates about Urostomies and some very unique issues we may have. Please get in touch with me if there is anything specific you would like me to cover. I am having a few problems with my blog atm and my old post about Urostomies and Urinary Diversions is not showing but when this is sorted please check it out if you do not know what a Urostomy is.

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Swimming and a Spa with a Stoma

Swimming and a Spa with a Stoma

I used to love swimming as a child and I was a full on water baby. Taking part in swimming galas (my stroke was breaststroke) and life-saving clubs.

I always felt my true self and at one in the water. Any hard times in my life or stress with exams, I found myself in the pool...swimming. It was the instant stress buster. I felt happy and peaceful in the water and in my true element. Now I have been drawn back to the water and back to the swimming and spas. 

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My Review of Pelican Platinum UROSTOMY Convex Pouch

My Review of Pelican Platinum UROSTOMY Convex Pouch

Week 3 of #everyhingstomas  and #bagroulette. This week I have been sampling the Pelican Platinum Urostomy Pouch for 7 days I used 2 pouches and the Pelican 1.5 litre night bag at night.

Initially, I was given Ileostomy pouches after requesting urostomy pouches but I called Pelican customer services and they were very apologetic and sent me out the Urostomy Convex pouches the next day.

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My Review of the Salts Confidence Convex Urostomy Pouch

My Review of the Salts Confidence Convex Urostomy Pouch

Part of this month’s challenge for July on “The IBD and Ostomy Support Show” we are reviewing different manufacturer pouches. Last week I reviewed CliniMed Welland Aura Convex Urostomy pouch and night bag which I really liked apart from the 2nd day my skin feeling a bit itchy I would definitely recommend this product.

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My Infertility

My Infertility

This has been a long time coming and it's not easy to write about. Like my rare illness and subsequent Ostomies have been a journey of acceptance so has my infertility! I want this to be an honest and open account of how it has affected me and at times how dark it got!

 However, now the universe has put Laurence and Molly, his beautiful 10-year-old daughter, into my path words cannot begin to describe how much she has enriched my life. I truly love this girl and it is pretty amazing that she entered my life when I was struggling with my infertility.

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