From Stillwater-Ponca City (OK) Ostomy Outlook Oct 1996:
Alice's Ileostomy Tips
Editor's Note: This is an account by our Secretary, Ruby Lingelbach,
of the presentation by Alice Bowman at the Sept 16, 1996 meeting of the
Stillwater-Ponca City (OK) UOA Chapter. All opinions are those of the
speaker (Alice Bowman) and should not be taken as professional medical
advice. Note that item #1 is definitely contrary to standard
Alice Bowman gave a nice group of hints on how she manages her
ileostomy every day. She has a "short bowel syndrome" so her
food is through and out in 15 minutes.
- For mild blockages, she recommends a small ear syringe filled with
warm water and squirt the water into the stoma to help release the
blockage. [Note: This is contrary to standard medical advice; if you
wish to try such self-treatment, you do so at your own risk!--Ed.]
- If you feel the need to wear a girdle, wear a larger size than
ordinarily needed by a non-ostomate.
- Put tape on the ends of the bag to stiffen it up and straighten it
so it will open easier. She carries her own water when going to a public
- Rinse your bag at least once a day with any pine cleaner or soapy
water to keep the odor down. It also leaves enough oily residue to clean
the bag out easier when emptying it. Experiment to see what suits
- When traveling and you need a rest area--use rest rooms at Court
Houses, City Halls, Hospitals, etc. rather than filling stations--any
place where the public goes is good and usable.
- SkinTac H. is an adhesive she puts on her skin before applying her
appliance, to make it stick better.
- The "Ostomy Care Center" in Kansas City is great. It has
everything you might need.
- Alice wears a 2-piece system, and reuses the bags after cleaning
them well, then hanging them up to dry.
- Ostomates should not carry a cat unless it has been declawed. If the
cat gets spooked, the claws can rip the bag. (Also, when hand sewing, be
careful where pins and needles are stuck!)
- With a short bowel syndrome, grind up your pills and put them in ice
cream. The cold helps dull the taste buds. Baby food and applesauce are
also good to mix pills in.
- When eating corn on the cob, run a knife down the length of the row
of kernels so they will chew better and be smaller.
- To help cure excoriation, drain off the liquid from Milk of
Magnesia, then put the residue on the skin (with the bag off). Leave it
on about 20 minutes and wipe it off with water.
- For testing different brands of aspirin, put them in a spoonful of
warm water. The one that dissolves fastest is the best.
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