A medical procedure can knock your confidence pretty hard. Digestive issues, in particular, can be embarrassing to address. Going through an ostomy is a difficult decision to make whether your ostomy bag is to be temporary or permanent. One of the biggest concerns many people have is whether they can continue having a normal social life with an ostomy bag. The good news is that with some time, patience, and the right accessories, ostomy bags won’t feel like a hindrance anymore.
Getting Used to an Ostomy Bag
The initial stages of having an ostomy bag can be daunting. After all, having an external bag to collect body waste is a completely different way for your body to function. Having conversations with your doctor about how to manage your ostomy bag, empty it, and clean it will certainly help. It’s also important to give yourself time to get used to managing it.
It can be a good idea to keep a journal on how different foods affect your body. Eating several small meals a day is a good way to keep tabs on this. Your doctor should be able to guide you on which foods to start with as you recover from your surgery. As you start to learn which foods suit your body, you will notice yourself becoming more comfortable with the idea of socializing and going out.
Getting Life Back to Normal
As you start getting used to looking after your ostomy bag and understanding how different foods affect your bowel movements, you’ll be able to start planning social occasions like dinner at a restaurant, for example. In fact, many people who have undergone the procedure find a new sense of freedom as they adjust to life without pain and worry.
You’ll be surprised at how quickly you get used to leaving the house with the extra supplies you may need and learning where the nearest restrooms are in case of emergencies.
Start Doing Activities You Love
An ostomy bag need not be a hindrance when it comes to pursuing activities you love. It does not hamper your ability to play sports, go to the gym or even swim. Once you have healed from your surgery and have started building your confidence, you can start getting back to doing the activities you love – providing your doctor okays it, of course. Ostomy bags are designed to be water-resistant, and you’ll get used to making sure it is sealed well before and after swimming.
Turn Your Ostomy Bag into a Fashion Accessory
While ostomy bags are designed to fit under your clothes, you may feel that they are restricting your wardrobe choices a bit. Make a statement by turning your ostomy bag into a fashionable accessory with Awesome Ostoschels Ostomy Bag Covers.
Our ostomy bag covers are handmade from comfortable fabrics that don’t irritate the skin. They come in a variety of designs, so you can show off your personal style wherever you go. The odour-reduction fabrics we use increase your confidence as you get back to your normal life.
You can also customize an ostomy bag cover to reflect your journey. Shop ostomy bag covers on our online store today.