Living with an ostomy can be a significant adjustment, both physically and mentally. It can require some adaptation and lifestyle changes, but many people with ostomies lead active and fulfilling lives. Here are some key aspects to consider when living with an ostomy:
It’s essential to understand your specific type of ostomy and how to care for it. Your healthcare provider or ostomy nurse can provide you with additional education and guidance. Also, joining support groups or connecting with others who have ostomies can help immensely.
Depending on your medical condition and type of ostomy, you may need to make dietary adjustments. Some people may need to avoid certain foods, or increase their fluid intake. Staying hydrated is essential to prevent complications, such as dehydration or thickening of the stool.
Proper skin care around the stoma is crucial to prevent skin irritations. Always be gentle when cleaning the area, and use ostomy specific products, like a skin barrier and adhesive removers.
Most people with ostomies can engage in regular physical activity. Discuss your exercise routine with your healthcare provider, and consider investing in specialized support belts or wraps to provide extra security.
Living with an ostomy can be emotionally challenging. Seek support from family, friends, or a therapist to cope with any feelings such as anxiety, depression, or body image concerns.
It’s important to remember that while living with an ostomy may come with some challenges, many people adapt well and have a better quality of life. With proper education, support and self-care, you can live a long, happy, and active lifestyle. Our Pharmacists and Home Healthcare Staff are committed to help guide you with the proper tools and products you need to live a life with confidence and pride.