Hi Walking With More Knowledge Now
I have been proudly sporting my colostomy for a few years now. When I went into surgery, I did not know what I was getting into, though I knew I was going to have a colostomy! When I woke up after surgery there she was! But I had a great "Wound Nurse" as she was called at my hospital.
She showed me different wafers and bags and we went through a booklet/magazine type order book where she helped me to select what might best suit me and my way of life. Not only that, but I shared some of my concerns and was put at ease right away. She showed me in the book where there was a screw on type "lid" or cover. With this, I can remove the bag and screw on the cap to the wafer and go for a swim. It is useful for intimate moments, too. She showed me how to stand in front of the mirror and change my wafer and bag. She showed me how to empty and clean my bag. She was great!
Those were some of my concerns. Out in public, no one knows what I have on under my clothes! Everything is fine! And I must admit, I do feel so much better with my colostomy than I did before!
I carry a home made "kit" in my purse in case I need it. It has everything in it that I need in order to change the whole kit and kaboodle. I have a wafer, a bag, stomahesive, tape, small scissors, extra baggies and twisties. So there is no worry there. I even carry extra undies and extra plastic baggies with twisties and a wet washcloth in a baggie, all secured in my very own brightly colored bag inside of my purse.
Anyone here on this forum is willing to share their experiences with you, If you have any questions or fears, just ask!
Because I have Crohn's Disease, I usually post there on the Crohn's Disease Forum.
God bless and stay well,
I am in my 50s. Crohn's Disease (since childhood), pancreatitis, diabetes, neuropathy, arthritis, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, asthma, Rosecea. I have had 4 surgeries including pancreas/sphincterplasty, duodenum, resection, proctectomy with sigmoid colonectomy. I have a permanent colostomy.___________________ ____________________
There's nowhere I can hide that God can't find me, nowhere I can go that God can't help me.