The nurse had been asking me about school and my friends, and then she leaned across the table, reached her hands out towards mine, lowered her voice and said, “And you know, you can still have a boyfriend and stuff.”I remember smirking at her, nodding along, but the thought had been far from my mind.
I hadn’t been thinking of dating and first kisses when I had decided to have surgery, and to be perfectly honest, had not thought twice about it.
For instance, tight waistbands or belts might feel restrictive over your stoma.
Be open to experimenting with different styles of clothes.
To use a phrase I have since heard, those who mind don’t matter, and those who matter don’t mind.
I recently met a mom of a girl who has Crohn’s and an ostomy, who is around my age in her early 20’s.
A specialist stoma nurse, who usually sees you before and after the colostomy is formed, will help you choose the most suitable appliance.
Several months later, Ms Payne went off to university, where she met a student who she soon started dating.'It had been a big operation, and I had felt strange for a while afterwards as I could feel the plastic on my leg, and it was heavy when I stood up.
As you get used to your ostomy, you'll figure out tips and tricks to keep the bag concealed and the noises to a minimum.
Here are some ideas to get you started: Ask a close friend or loved one whose opinion you trust whether your ostomy bag is visible under your clothes or if the sounds your ostomy makes are as loud as you think they are.
I was sitting at the dining room table, across from a home health nurse, and my parents were talking in the kitchen down the hall.
I was about 1.5 weeks out from my ostomy surgery, a little sore and tired, but finally out of the hospital and looking forward to starting my sophomore year of college.