5 weeks; Post OP: Back to irrigating..yeah!

5 weeks; Post OP: Back to irrigating..yeah!

I have had to take a break from irrigating since surgery on January 10th. Irrigation is a bit of a lost art, many WOCN’s don’t even mention that colostomates (not illies) with a healthy colon can flush our colons daily to eliminate unexpected bowel movements between irrigations. So glad to get back to my routine. … Continue reading

30 Days: Post Op and doing great!

30 Days: Post Op and doing great!

30 Days Post Op and feeling great! No more infection since the stints were removed a week ago. Urine has been clear, so switched to opaque urostomy pouch today. Don’t want to see my pee or pooh. Got a great pair of suspenders that allow me to wear my jeans comfortably. They attach at the … Continue reading

Convatec + Convatec

Convatec + Convatec

Day 18 Post Op: Changed from Hollister to Convatec urostomy set up. Now able to use the same wafer for both ostomies. Very convenient and cost effective! Rats! I’ve got some real pain in my right flank today. Talked to Healther (back up for JT, my home health nurse) and she’s contacting Dr. Breyer and … Continue reading

Day 15 Post-op: Infection and playing pool

Day 15 Post-op: Infection and playing pool

  Woke up yesterday with a stabbing pain in my back. My nurse, JT from Barton Home Health, came to the house and collected a urine sample and blood. Blood showed infection, but urine was inconclusive. On Keflex (antibiotic) and feeling much better. Went out for lunch with Tricia, Peggy and Earl and played some … Continue reading

Stage IV Fighters are my Heroes

Stage IV Fighters are my Heroes

I am a stage 3 survivor and stage 4 fighters are my heroes…Their fighting spirit combine soul-baring honesty and strength. Who I am is enhanced when I am in contact with these courageous souls…. Sue (Stage 4 Fighter)….Remember when AIDS was an immediate death sentence? And then one day, it wasn’t. Think of it, when … Continue reading

Hollister Secure Start Urostomy Kit and Videos

Hollister Secure Start Urostomy Kit and Videos

Hollister Urostomy Secure Start Kit I received my secure start Urostomy kit from Hollister thanks for Diane, my wonderful WOCN at UCSFMC. The kit is great, loved the videos from the DVD included (see below), just wish I ┬áhad gotten a night collection bag, convex wafers, skin prep wipes and stomahesive paste in the kit. … Continue reading