August 2011

Recently we posted a two-part article with tips to prevent medical errors in your medical care. As a follow up to this article, we found an article on the Mount Sinai Hospital website that promotes many of the same tips, as well as a few new ones for us! We encourage patients to be advocates for their own health care. To help you, we offer the fol... [More]

If anyone walked a mile in the shoes of an ostomate, how would they feel? What does having an ostomy mean to you? Survey says: good health, no pain, belonging to a group of strong, caring and compassionate people - ostomates, savvy individuals who've learned how and where to get and share knowledge, help, humor and hope. Okay, there hasn’t ye... [More]

As an ostomate, you have obviously spent time in the hospital even if only for your ostomy surgery.  During your hospital stay, some of you received support from friends and family, some of you received support from visiting nurses or fellow ostomates, some of you however may have started this journey on your own.  For this reason, a comm... [More]

I am sure that the overwhelming majority of us TRY to do the right thing for our bodies and most importantly for our ostomies.  However sometimes we are in a rush and have to take shortcuts.  Sometimes we are limited in supplies and have to "make do" with what we have on hand.  Sometimes we just make mistakes, plain and simple, no ma... [More]

Sunlight and vitamin D for bone health and prevention of autoimmune diseases, cancers, and cardiovascular disease. Heading into the "Dog Days of Summer" here in August most of us are avoiding the outdoors and the heat as much as possible...  and rightly so!  However, with most everything in life, sunlight in moderation even during these ... [More]

My name is Jan Madaffri, and I am 31 years old. I only knew my husband four months before my ileostomy surgery. At that time, I had a J-pouch which was slowly failing since July 1991. In January, 1990, I received my first ileostomy due to ulcerative colitis, then later reversed to the J-pouch. I wasn’t in pain anymore from ulcerative colitis,... [More]

We as humans aren’t perfect. While this may not be a grand revelation for most of us, it certainly applies to all of us.  Even those of us in the medical industry are not exempt from the daily mistakes that we make in our day to day lives. When our favorite drink is messed up at our local coffee house, we simply have it f... [More]