Farting and the problem with no nerve endings So a couple of things happened this week. First up – I farted In the traditional manner Out of my arse. I didn’t think that was possible since the end of my colon attached to my bum is just lying around in my abdominal cavity. I knew … Continue reading Manbag#8
It’s a process thing It was mentioned as a comment to an earlier post that changing a stoma bag appears to be a process. That’s true, that’s how I rationalise what I am doing. It is no different from the processes that I do in the darkroom. I don’t want to spill chemicals in the … Continue reading Manbag#7
New Supplies, No Leaks and Starting a New Job The picture is my late Christmas, New Year gift from my supplier – 60 convex bags/pouches, 60 pieces of adhesive tape, Adhesive remover spray x3, Filler Paste x1 (2 more on the way), Dry wipes x90, Scented disposal bags. Basically one months supply of kit to … Continue reading Manbag#6
Manbag#5 - New Year and Christmas resolutions, managing my limited supplies of convex bags - food highs and lows
Leaks, more leaks and finally a solution The leaks have continued, and some have been pretty nasty and a tad demoralising. The issue is that a couple of weeks ago my stoma shrank quite dramatically from 40mm to 30mm and it slopes down on one side. As a result, with a standard bag one side … Continue reading Manbag#4
Confidence My crappiest week to date, metaphorically and literally This stoma bag thing is all about confidence. At first it’s about building your confidence around handling and changing the bag. You need to be competent before being discharged but there’s a big difference between competent and confident. Like all processes there is no shortcut and … Continue reading Manbag#3
Manbag#2 Can you spot the difference between this week’s photo and last weeks – you’ve got until the bottom of the post to work it out, no prizes, unfortunately if you spot it. This week has been about consolidation, getting more confident and adept at bag handling, I’m still at the conscious competent phase. Taking … Continue reading Manbag#2
It is digital Mental Health Week #digiMHweek and there have been several articles about the use of Artificial Intelligence Bots and social media for delivering mental health support or analysing social media posts for signs of suicidal intent and going as far as alerting the authorities - so this is my take on the subject … Continue reading AI Bots and Mental Health
Thoughts on my first week living with my stoma.
It is a week since the horrendous fire in Grenfell Tower. Hopefully a defining moment that will signal the end of the drive towards deregulation and profit before compassion and human dignity. Gill works in London and her office was on the edge of the cordon, the view from her window overlooks the remains of … Continue reading What does it take?