NOT EATING AFTER 6pm has been the rule for me.
Wow Wade4! I can't not eat after 6pm! I usually have dinner at 7pm, but even if I stopped eating after dinner i'd get hungry again. I'm not sure how soon after dinner you go to bed though, I usually go to bed around midnight (atleast). At the moment its been around 1-2am, it'l be the same once I start studying again too.
I'm not sure if I'm mistaken or not, but I've noticed when I eat a banana within the last hour or so of going to bed I am able to sleep for longer before having to get up and empty. May be just a few coincidences, so I'm guna keep testing it out... Although I cant have a banana every day, I'll get sick of them!
Are you getting good sleep when you are asleep?
Yer, I do get good sleep. I usually stay up at night doing uni work or (seeing as I decided not to do uni this semester) watching tv until I'm really tired and falling asleep. That way as soon as I hit the pillow I'm usually out pretty quickly, none of that staying awake in bed because my brain wont stop thinking about
stuff :p So, basically I go back to sleep pretty quickly after I get up to empty... because I'm tired from staying up so late.
Make sure that there's nothing in them (or in your diet) that would counteract their thickening properties. I found that a lot of the juices that I was drinking to get my daily fruits had grape juice and apple juice as their first 2 ingredients (oops!!).
So wait, are you saying Apple Juice is an anti-thickening food? darn, I drink 2-3 mugs of apple juice every morning, i've done it for the last 13 years or so. I'm like one of those people who can't function without there morning coffee, except I can't function without my apple juice! Hopefully the toast and peanut butter counteract the apple juice I have for breakfast, because I dont really want to stop drinking it now.
I was afraid of the bag blowing up
Speaking of blow-outs, I woke up late last week with my bag full of air. And when I say full, I mean i poked the bag and it felt solid, if anymore air went in it'd probably blow. It was so weird walking to the bathroom with what looked like a small balloon under my shirt! haha
just so you know, once your belly heals, there is no reason you cant sleep on your stomach!
Summerstorm, so it doesn't harm the stoma at all if you lay on your stomach? It only dawned on me recently that I may never be able to lay on my stomach again (and then I saw your post! :) . Wouldn't it squash the stoma? Or can you only do it on that soft pad you mentioned.
This is guna sound stupid, but... I was at a party last year and there was this hole at the bottom of the wall to my friends shed. Not sure how it happened, but someone mentioned that I couldn't fit through it. I said I could, started getting everyone in the room to start putting money in a pot to get me to attempt to go through. Once everyone emptied there wallets I went up to the hole laid on my stomach and in one swift move slid straight into my friends shed. They were all stunned, they couldn't believe it, I made a good $30 that night too. They knew I was incredibly skinny, but not skinny enough to do it without getting stuck! But basically I guess the reason I brought that up was that it was a cement floor. Do you think someone with a stoma on there stomach could lay flat on a cement floor? (I assume I wouldnt be able to drag myself along the ground either).
OzCrohnie~what size pouch do you use?
To be honest I'm not sure what size it is. I'm looking at the box and it says it is a SenSura Coloplast brand, a 1 piece with a "Maxi - Soft Cover" (dunno whats soft about
it!) and strangely it also says "10-76mm / 30 pcs" But I can assure you my bag is most definitly not 1cm by 7.6cm's haha!. How do you find out the size? I'm seeing my STN next week so will ask her exactly what it is. I do know my STN has told me there is a smaller size that if everything works out (output etc) I MAY eventually be able to use that (Fingers crosses).
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Male, 22, diagnosed with Crohn's at 13.
, Humira injections.
On and off Prednisone for years.
I pop Loperamide (aka Gastro-Stop) like candy!
one, two, three, four colonoscopies.
Getting a (permanent) bag in February!
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