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I am a survivor not a victim :D
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Competition time* Salts Medibear and The Breakaway Foundation have teamed up with the Easter Bunny for some Easter fun for the Breakaway Kids..... Win a fab family selection of Thorntons Easter Eggs and Medibears friend Winston Bear....by m...aking an Easter Bonnet and sending your pictures in to us, for more details and the rules please see the link below, have fun creating kids!!!! Remember the messier the better:)

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Your stoma nurse will explain to you which parts of your bowel will be affected by the operation. Colostomies are usually created in two ways:

- End colostomy
This is usually formed when part of the large bowel (colon) and/or the rectum are removed. The remaining large bowel is brought out to the surface of the abdomen to create a stoma. An end colostomy can be temporary. If a temporary end colostomy is created, this is usually because a diseased section of bowel has been removed but it is not safe to rejoin the bowel at the same time.

- Loop colostomy (temporary)
A temporary loop colostomy is usually created to protect a surgical join in the bowel. It is formed when a loop of the large bowel is brought to the surface of the abdomen and opened to form a stoma.

Opposite top: End colostomy
Opposite bottom: Loop colostomy (temporary)
Large intestine 1 Colostomy 2 Rectum 3 Anus 4 Stoma 5

#ostomy #ostomates

http://www.salts.co.uk/Colostomy/Before-your-operation.aspx#ostomy157
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When you wake up after your operation, you will be wearing a stoma bag. Your stoma may be swollen at first, but it will reduce in size, over a few weeks. You may have drips and tubes attached to your body but this is quite normal.
A “bridge” which goes underneath the stoma may also be in place for the first few days, but all of this will be removed within time, with very little discomfort. You’re bound to feel tired and may experience a range of emotions. Remember - it will take time to recover, both physically and emotionally. #ostomy #ostomates
http://www.salts.co.uk/Ileostomy/After-your-operation.aspx#ostomy226
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Remove adhesive carefully, working from the top down, and supporting the skin. Empty contents into the toilet, then place your bag into a disposal bag and put in the dustbin. Use dry wipes/kitchen roll and warm water to clean around the stoma.

#ostomybag #ostomates #ostomy

http://www.salts.co.uk/Ileostomy/After-your-operation.aspx#ostomy603
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Ensure the skin is completely dry before applying a clean bag. 1. Remove the backing film from the adhesive. 2. Fold the pouch in half, then position the pouch around the stoma, working from the bottom and smoothing upwards with your fingers. 3. Ensure there are no creases in the adhesive. www.salts.co.uk/... #ostomates #ostomy #crohns
http://www.salts.co.uk/Ileostomy/After-your-operation.aspx#ostomy604
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Colostomists and wind:
Foods that may increase wind are cabbage, beans/lentils/pulses, cauliflower, rich fatty foods, sprouts, spicy foods, onions, eggs, fizzy drinks/beer. Non-food causes of wind can be chewing gum, eating with mouth open, talking while eating, eating irregularly, smoking, drinking with a straw.
Solutions:
- Eat at regular intervals throughout the day and try to avoid long gaps between meals
- Eat with your mouth closed and don't talk!
- Allow fizzy drinks to go flat
- Don't use a straw for drinking
- Try drinking peppermint drinks - e.g. cordial or tea
- Eat live yoghurt - 1 carton per day. The natural kind seems more effective. If this is too sour, add a teaspoon of honey or jam, mix with jelly, or freeze and eat as ice cream
#ostomate
http://www.salts.co.uk/Colostomy/Colostomy-lifestyle-advice/What-to-eat.aspx#ostomy183
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Food for Colostomists

Include fruit and vegetables daily
- Have foods high in protein - e.g. meat, fish, eggs, cheese, milk or yoghurt
- Foods classed as carbohydrates - e.g. bread, potatoes, pasta, rice and
breakfast cereals - should make up at least half of your meal
- Include milk and dairy foods two to three times per day as they are rich in calcium - choose lower-fat varieties as a healthier option

http://www.salts.co.uk/Colostomy/Colostomy-lifestyle-advice/What-to-eat.aspx#ostomy181

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Whether you have an end or loop ileostomy, part of your small bowel will be brought to the surface of your abdomen to form a stoma. This will mean that your bowel motion and any wind will automatically pass from your body out of your stoma and into a stoma bag.

End ileostomy
This is usually performed when part of the large bowel (colon) is removed and the small bowel is brought to the surface of the abdomen to form a stoma.

Loop ileostomy
This is generally created to protect a surgical join in the colon. This is usually to allow the healing of the colon after part of it has been removed due to it being diseased or obstructed. The loop ileostomy is formed when a loop of the small bowel is brought to the surface of the abdomen to form a stoma.
Opposite top: End ileostomy
Opposite bottom: Loop ileostomy
Large intestine 1 Ileostomy 2 Rectum 3 Anus 4 Stoma 5

#ostomates  
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“Learn as much as you can about your ileostomy”
I found it useful to do a bit of research before my operation. That way you know exactly what to ask and feel a bit more prepared for what’s to come. Here are some of the most common questions you might want to answer. http://www.salts.co.uk/Ileostomy/Before-your-operation.aspx  #ileostomy #ostomybag  
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