Before I had my surgery, I wasn’t sure if travel would get any easier. With my full set of organs, I had issues with eating or staying hydrated because the symptoms of my Crohn’s disease were so severe. Now, while I still have to worry about my ostomy a little bit, things have gotten much better for me and I have been able to enjoy more time with my family and friends without my life revolving around the nearest restrooms.
I used to get compliments on my very low weight without recognition of the severity of my condition before my ostomy, and one of the things I really wanted to do was travel even though I always had to skip part of the fun to rest and live in hotel bathrooms. Now, I have freedom I used to only dream of. I used to fantasize about what I would do if I had a day where I didn't have to stay close to restrooms and where I would go if I had a magically healthy week.
Irritable, from constantly being in pain and dealing with the constant symptoms of Ulcerative Colitis. Tired, from having to fight the unrelenting symptoms, side effects of medications, and never ending trips to the toilet. Depressed, because no matter what I did, what medicine I tried, what I ate, I always felt isolated and alone, because of this disease that defined me.
One of my lowest and most shameful points was having to hold my newborn baby on the toilet, because I couldn’t hold my bowels long enough to secure him into his swing or bouncer. After failing the ump-tenth medication in December 2021, my doctor and I decided that it was time for a colectomy. April 6th, 20 days before surgery, was the worst/ most embarrassing most unparalleled lonesome day of my UC life. On this day I didn’t even know I had to go, and let out a deluge of mucus and blood that soaked through my pants, through a slatted chair and onto the floor of where I was eating at in Walt Disney Wor
Purchasing ostomy supplies out of pocket can be surprisingly complex. Given the enormous selection of products, sizes and brands, it can feel intimidating, especially for a newbie. Even if you know which specific product you need, there are seemingly endless places to buy them and prices can vary wildly.
Any new or experienced ostomate can be excused for feeling overwhelmed. But fear not! The following tips will help you make sense of your options and simplify the buying process. Read on and you’ll be an ostomy pro in no time.
1: Beware of third party sellers
It’s no secret that ostomy supplies can be costly. Whether you’re purchasing entirely out-of-pocket or supplementing what your insurance provides, good prices are probably at the front of your mind.
The high out-pocket prices of most medical supply companies - especially the ones that bill Medicare and private insurance - often lead prospective shoppers to eBay or Am
Ostomy friendships have been an unexpected blessing in my life. I owe so much to my fellow ostomates, and they have saved my life in ways they may never know. I’m so isolated in person, and ostomy friends are my lifeline. I can trust them and share life no matter how far away they are. They are irreplaceable and fabulous.
I can’t believe I’m lucky enough to know the great people I’ve met because of our ostomies. They pull me out of my darkest times, help me serve other ostomates better, and they help me feel free and relaxed. I do not deserve such patient, kind, wonderful friends, so I am deeply grateful. I even met some of the Stealth Belt team as friends first before I ended up as part of the squad! I love working with all sorts of people to promote ostomy awareness and education. Some of my brilliant friends speak to members of the medical field and legislature, and I will be sure to join in on the fun
Swimming is excellent exercise, and it’s also an amazingly relaxing activity. One of the best things about summer is lazing around the pool and taking the occasional dip to cool down.
If you’re living with an ostomy bag, you may feel uncomfortable about the idea of wearing a swimsuit. You may feel exposed or worry about leaks, which can reduce the fun you have at the pool.
In good news, ostomy pouches have specialized mechanisms to resist water and prevent leaking under any circumstances, including swimming and other outdoor activities. By taking a couple of precautions before your swim, you’ll have the confidence to brave the water and make the most out of the summer season.
Choose the Right Swimsuit
Most people feel better swimming with an ostomy bag if they feel it’s hidden. Shop around for snug, one-piece swimsuits for women or high-waisted swimming trunks for men that will cover the stoma and ostomy bag.
Do you want to compare the differences between an ileostomy vs. colostomy bag? Discussing this subject requires you to consider when you may need either of these bags.
To handle specific medical conditions, your healthcare team may sometimes need to make an ostomy – or a small hole in your abdomen that allows urine or stool to leave the body. After the procedure, you may require an ostomy bag. Depending on the treatment, doctors may recommend an ileostomy or a colostomy bag.
The results of either a colostomy or an ileostomy vary. Consider these differences in more detail and learn more about stealth belts by contacting our team at Stealth Belt. You may reach us if you call (800) 237-4491.
Surgeries That Require an Ostomy Bag
Ileostomy and colostomy bags are both types of ostomy bags. Several surgeries may leave you in need of one of these bags, a
My daughter, Isabella, is soon turning 6 years old and has conquered many mountains with her ileostomy, since January 2017. Bella was born with Long Segment Hirschsprung Disease, that took her entire colon and has been linked to her other condition; Cartilage Hair Hypoplasia (a form of dwarfism). Since discovering Stealth Belt her quality of life and the ability to live it to the fullest have improved! Now we have discovered even more ways that Stealth Belt has improved Bella’s quality of sleep and ability to handle medical procedures.
Generally, I never considered that I had to stop doing the things I did before my ostomy, so when I recovered from surgery I simply carried on. Oh sure, of course I worried about how to keep my ostomy snug and secure during activities. I was also nervous about causing a hernia, but I was way more nervous about having an accidental leak or blow out. This is the point when I discovered Stealth Belt. With proper support, I knew I could do just about anything.
A low residue diet is typically prescribed following bowel surgery as a means to “rest” the bowel and allow for recovery. Low residue foods are foods that contain next-to- no fiber, as the fiber can obstruct and/or irritate the intestinal tract. However, this diet is also lacking in nutrition, which is why it is meant to be only temporary. So, how do you transition off of the low residue diet safely?
2012, once I was home and well on my way to recovering from bowel surgery, I was struck by one overwhelming question—what absorbs where? You see, after several years competing in endurance sports, I knew that the primary role of my colon was the absorption of water and with that came key minerals, particularly electrolytes. So, I obsessed. If I am missing my colon, will I always be deficient in electrolytes? And, if that was true, then what else should I be concerned about?
Following bowel surgery, particularly in the case of an ostomy, your surgeon will prescribe a Low Residue Diet for six to twelve weeks (maybe longer depending on your unique situation). A Low Residue Diet is essential in order to “rest” the bowel and allow for unencumbered recovery of the GI tract.
"When I found out that I was getting an ostomy, I got kind of scared. What if this surgery wouldn’t let me work out any more?"
Molly Olly Ostomy is back to discuss the details of her gradual approach back to physical activity, the challenges she's faced so far, and how she is working smarter instead of harder to achieve her goals.
My aim now is to answer why it is important to have good posture with an ostomy by looking the general benefits of standing tall, dissecting the particular causes and effects of bad posture among ostomates, and then offer some tips on how to improve posture and functional movement patterns.
Learn about how surgery affects hydration, why hydration is so important, how to effectively hydrate throughout the day, and which hydration supplements work best in order for me to run 100 miles per week with an ostomy