You can live a healthy and active life with your ostomy. An ostomy indeed brings a significant change in lifestyle by necessitating a person to wear an ostomy bag the entire time, but learning how to manage this pouching system is just a matter of time. After that, ostomy management becomes just like second nature.
In this article, we will discuss how you can live with an ostomy.
Will people know about your ostomy?
Wearing an ostomy pouch causes a bulge that becomes noticeable sometimes, but choosing the right pouching system and clothes can help you conceal your ostomy pouching system well enough. Certain wraps and clothing options make the area look flat. You can talk about these options with your ostomy care nurse.
The best thing about a correctly placed pouching system is that it doesn’t let the stomal output, its gas, and odor to escape from the pouch. It means that you can walk around in the marketing and go into your social circle without worrying about your ostomy bag causing problems.
The fluid intake
Most people wonder about the amount of water they will need to drink to cope with the loss of body fluids with stool evacuations. The required amount of fluids will depend on the amount of bowel removed. If you still retain a part of the colon, you may not need to drink plenty of water to mitigate the risk of dehydration. With an ileostomy, on the other hand, you will need to drink plenty of water, because an ileostomy generally results in the more watery waste evacuation.
An ostomy doesn’t necessitate any particular food restrictions. The diet plan you will need to follow after surgery will be to prevent any problem in a more vulnerable bowel. As soon as your bowel recovers, you can return to your old diet plan. If you had been following a specific diet plan before surgery due to a medical condition, you are going to have to keep following it after surgery.
Impact of an ostomy on physical activity
Having an ostomy doesn’t mean that you have to say goodbye to your physical activity regimen. You may have to avoid strenuous physical activities during the first few weeks after surgery, but you can return to the running track as soon as your bowel recovers.
Taking a bath while wearing a pouch
You can take a bath with or without the ostomy appliance on. The seal between the ostomy barrier and the peristomal skin is generally waterproof. After showering, you can clean your ostomy barrier. If you prefer taking a bath without wearing an ostomy pouch, you can do that without worrying about the water damaging your stoma.
Taking care of the skin around your stoma
If you have a stoma, you are going to have to take good care of the skin around it. Good health of the peristomal skin is mandatory for the skin barrier to make a tighter seal. Before applying the skin barrier, you will need to make sure that the peristomal skin is clean and dry. While applying the flange, make sure that you are leaving no space under the skin barrier that could result in a leakage. You can learn about how to apply an ostomy pouch from your ostomy care nurse.