Archive for November, 2012


How To Treat an illeostomy Blockage

  HOW TO TREAT AN ILEOSTOMY BLOCKAGE UOAA Patient Reference Card, UOAA Update 3/12 Symptoms: Thin, clear liquid output with foul odor; cramping abdominal pain near the stoma; decrease in amount of or dark-colored urine; or abdominal and stomal swelling. Step One: At Home: Cut the opening of your pouch a little larger than normal, […]

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Seeking Medical Assistance-Colostomy

SEEKING MEDICAL ASSISTANCE – COLOSTOMY Edited by B. Brewer, UOAA Update 3/12 The most common problem after colostomy surgery is the development of a hernia around the stoma site. This is manifested as a bulge in the skin around the stoma, difficulty irrigating and partial obstruction. Heavy lifting should be avoided immediately after surgery. You […]

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Just For Laughs

  JUST FOR LAUGHS UOAA UPDATE 11/12   An elderly gentleman had serious hearing problems for a number of years.  He went to the doctor and the doctor was able to have him fitted for a set of hearing aids that allowed the gentleman to hear 100%. The elderly gentleman went back to the doctor […]

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The Most Powerful Prescriptions

  The Most Powerful Prescription UOAA UPDATE 11/12 A positive attitude toward negative situations is one of the most powerful forces in the world. It not only affects how we respond to hardships and difficulties, it can actually help to change the outcome. This can be seen first- hand in many ostomates and other people […]

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Stoma and Skin Stuff

  Stoma and Skin Stuff Edited by Bobbie Brewer UOAA UPDATE 11/12 Stoma… Your stoma should be rosy red. Use a hand mirror for a better view of your stoma Don’t allow anything to be put in your stoma without your doctor’s personal supervision. Question any procedure that intrudes upon the stoma including suppositories. Re-measure […]

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Pouch Stuff

  POUCH STUFF Edited by Bobbie Brewer, UOAA UPDATE 11/2012 Paste… A skin barrier paste is used to “caulk” around the stoma or to fill in uneven skin surfaces. Not everyone needs to use it. A little dab will do you.  Use only a small bead of paste (not toothpaste size.) When using paste around […]

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Self-Acceptance: A Must for Restoring Intimacy

  Self-Acceptance: A Must for Restoring Intimacy Edited by B. Brewer, UOAA UPDATE 11/12 Frequently, among the first things to enter a recovering patient’s mind after major surgery is: “Will I be a whole person in the eyes of my spouse/partner? Accepting one‘s self is the first step toward a happier marriage and sex life […]

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Ostomy Surgery and Depression

  Ostomy Surgery and Depression Edited by Bobbie Brewer, UOAA UPDATE 11/12 Sleeplessness, loss of appetite, feelings of guilt or worthlessness, or irritability are some of the symptoms of depression. It can be triggered by the inability to participate in normal daily pleasurable activities, by a sense of helplessness and lack of control over your […]

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Flu and an Ostomy

  FLU & an OSTOMY By Anne Marie Knudsen, CWON,MN,CNS,CFCN,  UOAA UPDATE 11/12 FACTS about the FLU: The Flu is caused by a virus spreading from an infected person to the nose and throat of others. Symptoms usually appear within 2-3 days after being infected and  a person with a fever  is considered contagious for […]

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Ileostomy Absorption Concerns

  Ileostomy Absorption Concerns UOAA Diet  and Nutrition Care Guide, Edited by Bobbie Brewer, UOAA UPDATE 11/12 Due to the absence of the colon and often altered transit time through the small intestine, the type of medication taken must be carefully considered when prescribing for the person with an ileostomy. Medications in the form of […]

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