I was sitting at a Nordic meeting of Ostomy Association (NOA) in Finland and was listing to a lecture of local ostomy nurse. She explained how she helped prevent an irritation around the ostomy for her new patient. She just called and asked how he was doing. After a while he confessed that the surrounding of his ostomy is red, began to bleed, something was wrong. She immediately invited him to her office and chose new aids. Issue got resolved there and then. Continue reading “A Proper Ostomy Nurse, Tereza Nagyová”
Gabriela Lavalle is a well-known actress and a singer born in Argentine. She is an ostomate since 9 years. As a public person she wants to publish her personal history to raise awareness, to do something against the still lasting taboos and to show that ostomates are able to live an active life (she has also written a book).
Are you lazy? I’m awfully lazy! Fortunately, I have a dog that is guaranteed to kick me out of bed every day. Sometimes it is a pain to walk 3 times a day. But I never regret my decision. If I didn’t have him, I would for sure become a part of the bed while suffering my worst days. It is terribly easy to stop with any activity when you are not well. At first, it is really impossible, later one gets lazy. I was also scared in the beginning to travel anywhere by myself. What if I suddenly get to the bottom of my energy level and I get stuck in the middle of nowhere, without a car or a toilette? Continue reading “Go for sports!, Tereza Nagyová”
There they are, two lovely ostomates sitting happily in a park, absorbing in all the sunlight, throwing sticks to their dog. Suddenly runs in a homeless guy, grabs his expensive leather jacket, and off he runs again. Ostomates start running, heavily breathing giving up in about 150 meters with severe muscle cramps.
In May of 2017, as I was climbing home by the stairs, I had the feeling that I needed to go urgently to the WC. I arrived, and got into service thinking “little diarrhea.” When I finished and looked at the presumed diarrhea, I got scared, it was not so: it was blood, and filled the toilet bowl.
Times are changing. The society is slowly finding out, that relying on miraculous pills, treatments, surgeries in many cases is not sufficient. That the stressful trend in today’s lifestyle helps to trigger health issues, and further enhances them, is a known fact. Occasional salads, gym visit, summer holidays, maybe a massage… that’s just not enough. We have to work on it. All day, every day. Continue reading “Why illness, when we can change, Tereza Nagyová”