Ostomate + homie = “Ost-homie”
(pronounced ‘ostomy’ = a friend of mine who can share in ostomy experiences with me)
In the hospital whenever I needed my ileostomy bag drained the nurses would come in and fumble around trying to separate the plastic “lip” (for lack of a better word) to allow it to drain. The plastic lip can get stuck when the bag is full (in a mystery suction physics phenomenon) making it difficult to open if you use the hospital approach (Figure 2). I only saw people opening my bag by pinching the plastic at the very top (Figure 2). This method is messier as your fingers are closer to the opening and it promotes the suctioning phenomenon. Look at the pictures below to see the way I found opening the bag is faster, cleaner and I just get it done without fumbling with the bag.
It’s super bowl weekend folks so I am considering taking break from posting (catch up on everything I did this week). Post comments and I will get to them.