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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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Why People have Urinary Diversions (Results from a Poll)

 Why People have Urinary Diversions (Results from a Poll)

As part of 'The IBD and Ostomy Support Show' last Thursday, we covered some of the reasons ‘Why some people may have ostomies.’ Stephie (aka Colitis To Ostomy) put a poll out across a group she admins and the results were surprising. Personally, I thought it was amazing because sometimes I used to feel a bit alone and left out because to my stomas were not formed because of Cancer or IBD (Even though I now have Diversion Colitis because of the ileostomy). It was good for me to see that there were other ostomates that have had similar complex Neurological Conditions and ended up having an Ostomy. So this got me thinking and I decided to roll the poll in the 'Urostomy Awareness Group' to see ‘Why People have Urinary Diversions?’

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Review on How to Order Ostomy Samples

Review on How to Order Ostomy Samples

I am writing this post as part of our theme for the month of July! On “The IBD and Ostomy Support Show” the girls who all have an Ileostomy are taking part in ‘Bag Roulette’ where they send samples of their bags to each other. Unfortunately, I cannot take part due to my Ileostomy prolapse. After trialling many bags and having many leaks I have found the one for me and I do not think it would be a fair review.

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Self-affirmations for Chronic Illness

Self-affirmations for Chronic Illness

I wrote a Facebook post last week about the ‘affirmations’ I am practicing at the moment to help me get through a tough time. I just would like to say a thank you Stephie at colitistoostomy for persuading me to write a proper post about what affirmations are, the science behind them and how they can help people with chronic illness.

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Bathing with an Ostomy

Bathing with an Ostomy

I have been quite shocked recently by the nurses in my hospital on the Urology and the Colorectal ward's telling patients that you can NEVER have a bath with a stoma. While I was admitted I met an ostomate who had his stoma for 5 years and has never had a bath because of this advice. This frustrated me and after talking to urostomates in the Facebook group  Urostomy Awareness, other people have also experienced this. It makes me sad that there are some ostomates out there who have not had a bath since their surgery.Not everybody has had this advice and I was glad that some Doctors have advised that it is good for the peristomal skin. So here is a post about bathing with an ostomy.

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My [Previous] Partners Account of Being with an Ostomate

My [Previous] Partners Account of Being with an Ostomate

Hi, I’m Laurence and I’m a 43-year-old father of a lovely 10-year-old girl, whom I have full custody of. It has been one of the hardest things I have ever done but also one of the most amazing and rewarding things. There have been lots of learning along the way, then came the most beautiful courageous woman I have ever had come into my life.

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My Urostomy Surgery and 3 Month Hospital Stay

My Urostomy Surgery and 3 Month Hospital Stay

This is a detailed account of the 27th July 2015, when I had my bladder removed, an Ileal Conduit (Urostomy) formed and revision on my Ileostomy prolapse. Although I did acquire a few complications I still believe that it was the BEST DECISION I have ever made!

**Disclaimer: - Not everybody will have these complications after surgery. I do not want this post to scare anybody but I felt I needed to write a detailed account of what I experienced, how I overcome it and why I have NEVER regretted making this decision **

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After Finding the Most Amazing GP I Now Must Say Goodbye!!

After Finding the Most Amazing GP I Now Must Say Goodbye!!

**Disclaimer:  includes a ‘F*** it’ Poem, requested by my GP **

I found out some sad news on Thursday, whilst I was waiting to have my burn looked at and dressed (2nd degree burn from peppermint tea!) I was bantering with my GP and was guttered, well actually more devastated when he told me the GP Surgery is closing in June and my marvellous GP will be retiring.

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Sepsis is No Joke!!

Sepsis is No Joke!!

So this is another subject very close to my heart.

This post is not meant to scare anybody but includes my recurrent, traumatic experiences of Septicaemia and Septic Shock. It is paramount that everybody knows the Signs and symptoms of Sepsis and how the symptoms can present. Most of us with stomas are immune suppressed and can be at a higher risk of getting Sepsis. 

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How to Take a Urine Sample with a Urostomy

How to Take a Urine Sample with a Urostomy

I have decided to write a blog post about ‘How to Take a Urine Sample with a Urostomy’ after some issues that occurred during my last Hospital admission.

I have had to give urine samples on many occasions and many nurses have told me different ways to obtain this which, can be confusing! So I thought it would be a good idea to write this post about the BEST PRACTISE to obtain this.

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Living with a Prolapse

Living with a Prolapse

*TRIGGER* - prolapse stoma images included

 This is a very rare complication that can occur. I am sharing my experience with you, because it has been a difficult but educating journey and this could happen to any of us! This isn’t aimed to scare you, but to unite and inform ostomates about this issue, and to show that being open and honest is the best way to raise awareness and in my case to live with this prolapse! I'd like to add, that it has taken me a lot of courage to talk about this and post a picture of the naughty one! My urostomy is very cute and small but ‘Bob the knob’ my ileostomy, is the one that causes me endless problems but I need to be open and honest about the complications that have occurred for me. 

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