Colostomy

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 common practice among ostomates, friends of ostomates, and many ostomy chapter association groups is to visit new ostomates in the hospital [More]

A Book Review of Brenda Elsagher’s I’d Like To Buy A Bowel Please Ostomy A to Z (2006)
I recently had the opportunity to hear Brenda Elsagher’s offbeat presentation. She is a stand-up comedian, a parent and wife, an author, a public speaker and advocate, an ostomate, and runs her own business. She is also highly involved in her community. Does she live a full life after her surgery? I’ll leave that for you to decide. [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 fixed and nothing terrible happens. However if your Doctor or Health Care Provider makes a mistake, [More]

Ostomy Help: Coping with Infection
It is true that our bodies contain many normal bacteria; we do not live in a sterile world. We humans have a natural immunity to many of these organisms; some are even helpful in keeping down growth of more harmful bacteria. [More]