How to Enjoy the Summer with an Ostomy Bag

With the heat of summer coming soon, many people like to get out and enjoy the summer with their family. But, one of the things people worry about is if they can enjoy the outdoor activities that they have with their ostomy bag

You will have to consider different aspects of wearing during the middle of summer. For starters, it’s hot, so the flanges and the barriers will melt faster within the heat than they would otherwise, which requires that you change this more frequently. If you find that the wear times are reduced to beyond normal, then you might want to consider a different type of skin barrier, since it might not hold up in the heat that well.

There is also the rubbing that happens with this. Since it is hotter, we’re constantly having it rub against the skin, which can lead to irritation and roughness. Pouch covers and using powders definitely will help to absorb the sweat and reduce the friction on the skin.

If you are active, you might want to find ways to secure the pouch to prevent it from popping off at the worst moment.  Tape to secure the pouch to the abdomen is essential for keeping the items in place. You can get an abdominal binder to hold the pouch and to give you peace of mind. You can use waterproof tapes for extra security as well when you are swimming in the pool.

Another common problem for some people is a yeast infection, which is essentially a bumpy and fine rash that’s usually along the edges of this.  Usually, this is on the peristomal skin, and it can be uncomfortable and might prevent adherence of pouches from attaching. You treat this with antifungal powder, and it can be used with other barrier powders too.

As with all outdoor activities, make sure you’re properly hydrated, especially before and after you go outside. You should have half your body weight in ounces of water each day, plus a couple of extra glasses. This is good to help keep you nice and hydrated. By doing this beforehand, you’ll be much happier. Water also helps keep everything moving, and if you’re having enough water, you’re not suffering as much either. This is definitely a good thing to consider.

Ostomates don’t have to worry about being out of the fun in the sun of summer, there are just a few other things which you’ll need to do. By doing that, you can help prepare for summer in a simple, yet really effective way.

Summers don’t have to be boring and limited, they are quite fun and enjoyable.  It definitely is worth considering especially if you’re someone who feels like they aren’t getting enough out of life due to their ostomy procedure.

What is an Ileostomy?

For a lot of people hearing an ileostomy sounds somewhat strange. Well, we’ll discuss it here, and we’ll tell you just what it is, and why it matters.

This is a surgery where you create an opening within the abdominal wall. This is where the lowest part of your small intestine is brought through your abdominal wall in order to create a stoma. The stoma is actually a part of the intestine, and this is usually pinkish or red, and it won’t have nerve endings. Usually, it’s larger than it would be about 8 weeks after surgery. Sometimes it’s reversed, but oftentimes it’s permanent. Whether you have it for a short time, or for a long time, you’ll definitely want to know how to take care of this.

So why would someone have this procedure? Well cancer, accidents, trauma, chron’s disease, and of course IBS might be a few reasons as to why you have this.

After this, you’ll need to have an ostomy pouch, and this usually will have more of a liquid output, and it’s constant, so expect to change it more often than you would with the other procedures. There are drainable pouches that will work better in this case, and it’s encouraged to get.  You should also consider getting something that works for you, and that is of course, via trial and error. Don’t be afraid to experiment with this, since you’ll want to make sure that you get the most that you can with this. 

You can look at different ostomy blogs too in order to figure out how to live and move about with this, and whenever you’re in the hospital for this, it’s encouraged to ask questions about this, so that you’re able to get the most that you can from this.  You’ll be able to, with this as well, get the most that you can out of it.

You can always talk to your doctor about any concerns and thus that you might have. They’re there to help, and the internet will only allow you to have so much there is a lot that you can acquire with this too, such as good resources directly from the doctor which will help you as well there is a lot of benefits to be had from this, and if you want to make sure that you have the best ileostomy possible, then it’s encouraged to do this, and to read up on this, so that you’re able to, with this as well, create a good experience for you.

You should definitely get the help you need, and get the surgery necessary to help with this and to make it so that you’re able to really improve and have the most meaningful experience.

One-piece ostomy bags vs. the two-piece kind

Everyone remembers at the beginning of school or work, where you’re told a billion things, and you know that you must remember them, and you know everyone expects you do it right. It can be challenging, and for ostomates it’s similar. 

You have to know how to put on the applications for the job, and here, we’ll discuss the two types of pouches and the pros and cons of each.  You will want to talk to your nurse for any final help, but there are a few things which you can do before you choose which one you want.

So, first, let’s talk about the one-piece system, where the adhesive base and the bag are all in a similar system, and usually, the base is called either a flange, skin barrier, or wafer.  This is where it attaches to the bag.  This is all one singular item, and you can’t separate them.

The advantages of this are as follows: they are usually less visible, so if you’re someone who likes fitted clothing, this is better. They also are more secure, m so there is less of a chance of this coming apart. They typically are less expensive than the two-piece variants.

The disadvantages, however, are also of note. Changing this can make your skin more tender, so it might cause irritation. Any time you do change it, you need to put it around the stoma correctly, which can take time and be cumbersome. You’ll also go through items for this system much more often.

Then, there is the two-piece system, which is where they’re essentially separate items, and you can get these in little kits, making it more versatile for your ostomy Care.

This has the option of offering more style for this, and you can choose which size of this works for you, depending on the activities which are involved at the time. The flanges or wafers will remain in a place of a bit longer, so it’s gentler. You also can change the size of the bags, and you can change these based on your activities. The bag changes are much faster, with the old one being removed and a new one being attached much easily. These are perfect for running errands and such.

The problem with these ones is that they’re bulkier, so it’s more visible underneath clothing. The flange and the bag can come apart and cause some leaks. If the stoma output gets behind this, it can be hard to change this. Finally, this is something which can get more expensive at the beginning, since the system is more expensive. But, it’s actually much cheaper in the long run since you are going through less of the bag changes.

With this, it’s ultimately up to you, and you should consider all of these factors when you’re choosing the correct bag for you to use. There are a lot of benefits of these bags, and a lot that you can get from this, and you should definitely make sure that you choose a bag that will help you make a lot of changes, and help you get the most out of the bags as well.

What is a Colostomy

For many people, they might consider a colostomy, which is a surgical procedure that brings one part of the large intestine through the abdominal area.  During this, one end of the colon is diverted through an incision within this to create a stoma.  This is an opening within the skin where a pouch is attached. Those with temporary or even long-term ones have these attached to the sides where the feces will collect, and they can be disposed of.

They aren’t always permanent, however, especially in children, where the reason for this is, of course, birth defects.  This can correct a lot of problems with the lower digestive tract too.

Similar versions of these ostomies include the ileostomy, and the urostomy, where the ileostomy is a diversion of the bottom of the small intestine, and of course, a urostomy is a diversion of the tubes to bring urine out of the bladder. Colostomies are also called bowel diversion therapy.

These are typically performed when there are problems with your lower bowels, including ones where you need to divert the stool away from there, and to help keep problems out of the colon.

If you have disease there such as colon cancer, the permanent variations of this will be performed, and the colon might be removed fully. Blockages, injuries, Crohn’s disease, colorectal cancer, polyps, and other birth defects, and even IBS might call for a colostomy.

If you have ulcerative colitis, you might need to consider this surgery as well.

So, what are the risks of this? Well, it’s major surgery, so there are risks that come with this. Blockages, damage to other organs, hernias, internal bleeding, a prolapse in the colostomy, and also problems with the scar tissue and the wound breaking open are all normal parts of this. The best way to determine whether or not you’re at risk for any of this is, of course, to talk with your doctor about this to help you determine whether or not you’re at risk for these problems, and to help you if you’re having troubles making the right decision with this.

To prepare for something like this, you usually will need to give blood samples, a physical exam, and of course, the medial history will be consulted. Your doctor will ask about any former surgeries and medications which are taken, including supplements and medicines. Your doctor will ask you to fast for about 12 hours before surgery, and you might need to have a laxative or an enema the night before in order to help clean out your bowels.  You’ll need to stay for at least 3-7 days in the hospital.

You are out under anesthesia via an IV, and you’ll be painless and asleep during this.  You will first be prepared and clean, and you’ll get an incision into there, and you’ll then have a par of the large intestine cut, bringing it through the abdominal wall.

From there, an implant is put into there, to hold the intestine in place.  It might be temporary and permanent. Once this is finished, you’ll have the stitches closed and brought to a recovery room, and from there, you’ll have to reintroduce liquids to make sure that there are no digestive problems.

With all of this, you’ll be able to get the help that you need, and there is, of course, the benefit to a colostomy, and it might be something that you need. You should definitely talk with your doctor if you believe that you might need one, and to get the help that you need.