liveandlearn made a great point about the green stuff, that is one thing i always tell people who are going in!
Also, the bag that he is wearing now, the clear thing, he can wear one that is opaque when he gets home, you wont need to make covers, unless you just want to. they just use the clear ones in the hostpial because they are cheap and they can see in them to see what the output looks like
I dont know what a radar key, but unless he has another health problem, you dont need to use a handicapped stall for an ostomy, its really easy to empty, he'll just have to get the hang of it.
For the matress, i already had one of thoes plastic ones, i had a pottytraining child, so those are needed,lol.
But i also snaked the pads from the hopstial, the ones that he is laying on now, they are waterproof and sturdy. When i camehome, i sewed a sheet on top, so they are soft, of course its always white, i cant change the cover, although ifyou are a good sewer (i only sew by hand) you could make a type of pillow case thing for them. And i sleep directly on it, that way if i have a leak, which once he gets the hang of it wont happen much, i just have to clean me and that pad.
he can use his right pocket, just has to be careful what he puts in it, lol. I personally started using my left pocket, cause i stuck some earrings in my right pocket one day and i was like, OMG that could have been a disaster!
He can just keep his spare kit in his car, or at his work in his locker/desk/cubby whatever.
Pants-once his stomach heals and the swelling goes down, about 4-6 weeks, he will be able to wear regular pants, unitl then sweat pants and such would be good.
-about your bathroom bin, i leave my extras in a cardboard box, but i make up six boxes (i use the pouch boxes) with the pouch ready, the wafer cut, each one has paste, tape, a sure seal and some rags in it. And they are ready, that way if i have a laek and need to change quick all i have to do is just grab it out!
As for food, the diet will be kind of restrictive at first, nothing hard to digest, ie fresh fruit, veggies, stringy meats, after that dont worry about it!
You are a good wife to do all this for him, and its good that he has this help
UC for 8 years, before finally kicking its butt and having a permanent ileostomy April 17 2007!
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