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An Interview With… Jamie Pearson

Through blogging I have met some incredible and brave people.  During the course of me appearing on The IBD & Ostomy Support Show, I met Jamie.  He lives not far from me which was an obvious starting point for a conversation.  He has become a good friend and is always there for a chat and… Continue reading An Interview With… Jamie Pearson

Blog Posts · Parenting · Recipes

Recipe – Spaghetti Bolognaise (Hidden Veg)

Good morning everyone.  Just wanted to say a big thank you for everyone who was so understanding of me taking a time out while I had the boys for the Easter break.  We had a lot of fun and I am sure some of our adventures will find their way into posts.  Today I thought… Continue reading Recipe – Spaghetti Bolognaise (Hidden Veg)

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Ten Top Tips To Prepare For Ostomy Surgery

I got a whole day to get my head around the idea of having an ileostomy, many people don't get that long as it is often performed during emergency surgery.  For some however, the surgery is scheduled and they have some time to prepare.  Physically, this can be a blessing with more time to get… Continue reading Ten Top Tips To Prepare For Ostomy Surgery

Blog Posts · Health · Weekly/Monthly Favourites

Top 10 Best Things About Getting My Stoma

Good morning and happy Friday!  If you follow me on Facebook you will have seen my apology about not getting a post up on Wednesday.  I have been working hard on my university assignment this week.  I am pleased to say it is complete and has been submitted.  Now I just get to worry about… Continue reading Top 10 Best Things About Getting My Stoma

Blog Posts · Health · Hit Or Miss / Reviews

Stripping Down Baseplate Extenders – Worth The Hype?

So any one who follows me on Instagram and Facebook will have seen my sore skin photo caused by my use of the Brava Elastic Tape Extenders. If not here is what happened to my skin after wearing them for three days. My skin was weeping, extremely dry and bleeding in places, I even had… Continue reading Stripping Down Baseplate Extenders – Worth The Hype?

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Stinky Stanley – Coping With Smelly Output

It's probably one of the biggest fears for new (and old) ostomates and people prior to having ostomy surgery - the smell factor.  The fact is, we all poo and it all smells, but ostomy output can smell pretty strongly and as we have to empty them more frequently there is more chance you will… Continue reading Stinky Stanley – Coping With Smelly Output

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BlogMas Day Seventeen – Coping With A Stomach Bug When You Have An Ileostomy

I recently caught the dreaded diarrhoea and vomiting bug that seems very prevalent at the moment.  These kinds of bugs can be really dangerous for people with an ileostomy, mainly due to the ease we already become dehydrated even when not ill. Severe dehydration can quickly lead to kidney and other problems which can become… Continue reading BlogMas Day Seventeen – Coping With A Stomach Bug When You Have An Ileostomy

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BlogMas Day Eight – Unboxing Stoma Supplies (video)

So thought I would mix it up a little bit and make a video instead of a written post for you all!  The link is https://youtu.be/Q-iyJZB9kVI And I hope you all enjoy it!  Don't forget to subscribe to my YouTube channel to see more videos from me and please feel free to ask any questions… Continue reading BlogMas Day Eight – Unboxing Stoma Supplies (video)

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Thickening Stoma Output

Ostomy output can vary in consistency.  In general an ileostomy output will be more watery than that from a colostomy.  The problem with a watery output is that it can easily lead to dehydration.  Stoma nurses will generally advise that you aim for a consistency like porridge.  This means your output isn't watery enough to… Continue reading Thickening Stoma Output