TMI: Ostomy Issues

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I’m a very active mother of kids so nothing can stop me from getting things done.Also I think nothing like this is permanent and there are always new advances in medicine. I do know that all the little things you take for granted that are precious, now have become complicated. Since my temporary ostomy I had a heads up to all the obstacles to come with my new ostomy.Here is my point blank and very specific description of my ostomy woes.

In April 2008 due to a Crohns disease colonoscopy gone wrong, I received a temporary ostomy which proved to make a nightmare summer. Since September 2014, I now have a permanent ostomy which can be awful at times. Since the surgery I have regained a normal weight, feel better and don’t take any Crohns medicines right now. Even so, I have this whole other set of issues with the ostomy to deal with.

First of all I have very sensitive skin so I break out in rashes/fungal skin infections, so the bags don’t stick well to my skin. In 2008 and still now It is quite the experimental process to get the appliances to stick to my skin more than 2 to 3 days. I have been going through many different kinds of products to try to achieve success.

Second there are no great appliances yet that stay on long enough to make any water activities pleasant. Taking a shower is now a luxury and a gross process. Also a bath is out of the question. Swimming I can’t even imagine yet.

Third of all when you pass gas, wind or fart your bag starts to fill with air. Then you run the risk of it popping or exploding poo all over, if you don’t release the excess air in it. It is amazing that  you become aware that this is happening even when sleeping.

Fourth is emptying and sealing the ostomy bag. You thought wiping your butt was bad. When you wake up half asleep in the middle of the night to empty the bag, you try not to pass out from the smell because your nose is up close to the toilet as you do this. As you are doing this there is also poop getting on your fingers. Then you have to wipe the poop off the bag closure so that you can roll or clip it shut. It’s also great when you have to empty it in a not so clean bathroom of a store or gas station. Then I put down paper towels to kneel on so my pants don’t get dirty.

Fifth is sexual relations with your partner is not the same. It is difficult for me to feel awesome and sexual with my ostomy bag flapping around. My significant other doesn’t seem to mind,but I’m grossed out by any long drawn out lovemaking events.

Last but not least I have to carry a little ostomy emergency supply bag with me wherever I go. Sometimes my bag may leak so i have to patch it and other times it is coming off so I have to replace it before there is poo all over my clothing.

I have talked to many support groups, Doctors and regular people on the woes of the ostomy. Some people really understand what this all about and others don’t quite get it. So here is a big hoorah to all my fellow troopers out there.

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Skinny Mini’s Struggle to Gain Weight

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  • Increase your calorie intake, but try not to do so by eating a lot of saturated fat. Skinny women who want to gain weight think they’d be happy with any fat, but fat that is not designated can end up anywhere. Genetics determine where your fat will go so eat more good food, and do it slowly.

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    Pursue lean muscle weight gain by exercising and lifting weights. Hire a trainer to guide you in the right direction. Muscle weighs more than fat and distributes itself evenly.

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    Stay away from treadmills and stair stepper machines. Aerobic type exercises are good for the heart but will not cause weight gain. If anything, you’ll burn more calories and lose more weight.

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    Keep track of the amount of calories you consume in a given week. In order to gain weight, add about 500 calories to your norm. After a few weeks if you do not see a noticeable difference, add 500 more. Do this until you begin gaining weight.

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    Consume 20 to 50 percent of your calories in proteins each day. This food group includes chicken breast, turkey breast, lean beef, eggs, fish and milk.

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    Eat 30 to 60 percent of your calories in carbohydrates, which include, potatoes, brown rice, oats, pasta, whole grains, black beans, sweet corn and broccoli.

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    Make sure to eat 20 to 30 percent of your calories in unsaturated fats and consume avocados, nuts and oils which provide your body with essential fatty acids.

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    Drink a vitamin enriched meal replacement powder if you find it hard to eat six nourishing meals. Check the contents on the container before purchasing. Most of these protein drinks are high in nutritional value.

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    Enable your body to absorb a higher amount of nutrients by eating six times a day rather than the traditional three. This recommendation isn’t just for those trying to lose weight. It has been proven to benefit all people of all sizes.

Read more : http://www.ehow.com/how_4557005_can-skinny-woman-gain-weight_.html

As a woman with Crohn’s Disease I’m constantly struggling with maintaining a healthy weight. Even as a child I was called skinny Mini because I was so small and skinny. It wasn’t until I was 14 that I was diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease. A cavalcade of Crohn”s complications such as UTI’s, my period, allergies and inflammation have always made it difficult to gain or maintain weight for very long.Now as an adult, I get so tired of seeing and hearing all the commercials about how to lose weight.

  • Pursue lean muscle weight gain by exercising and lifting weights. Hire a trainer to guide you in the right direction. Muscle weighs more than fat and distributes itself evenly.

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    Stay away from treadmills and stair stepper machines. Aerobic type exercises are good for the heart but will not cause weight gain. If anything, you’ll burn more calories and lose more weight.

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    Keep track of the amount of calories you consume in a given week. In order to gain weight, add about 500 calories to your norm. After a few weeks if you do not see a noticeable difference, add 500 more. Do this until you begin gaining weight.

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    Consume 20 to 50 percent of your calories in proteins each day. This food group includes chicken breast, turkey breast, lean beef, eggs, fish and milk.

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    Eat 30 to 60 percent of your calories in carbohydrates, which include, potatoes, brown rice, oats, pasta, whole grains, black beans, sweet corn and broccoli.

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    Make sure to eat 20 to 30 percent of your calories in unsaturated fats and consume avocados, nuts and oils which provide your body with essential fatty acids.

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    Drink a vitamin enriched meal replacement powder if you find it hard to eat six nourishing meals. Check the contents on the container before purchasing. Most of these protein drinks are high in nutritional value.

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    Enable your body to absorb a higher amount of nutrients by eating six times a day rather than the traditional three. This recommendation isn’t just for those trying to lose weight. It has been proven to benefit all people of all sizes.

Read more : http://www.ehow.com/how_4557005_can-skinny-woman-gain-weight_.html

A woman who is underweight can develop many health issues such as a weakened immune system, decreased muscle mass, unhealthy hair, skin and nails, weakened bones and the inability to menstruate. Gaining weight and maintaining a healthy lifestyle can decrease the probability of these health issues. Women should look for healthy ways to gain weight, rather than gaining weight through increasing fat on their body.

 Throughout the years I can’t even begin to tell you how many people have said you’re so skinny, you should eat more. Little did they know that I have always had a great appetite, but  many times I felt sick after eating foods.Until a few years ago, I never really considered how much of it could be food allergies and intolorences. After food allergy testing it was found that I’m intolerant to most dairy, also the test was inconclusive to gluten and yeast.

  To gain weight, You are going to have to eat far more than before if you want to gain weight.It takes a little extra planning and a different mindset to eat more frequent small meals, especially if you are on the go. Since body composition is 80% diet, you are going to have to eat 5-6 small meals a day or 3 regular meals and snacks in between each. You need to provide lots and lots of proteins for those hormones to synthesize. This will be a new journey that I hope will get you back to wellness.

 Eat healthy fats

Eat plenty of healthy fats to increase your caloric intake. Eat your egg yolks, bananas,nuts,fish, coconut oil and other healthy fats.

 Increase protein intake

Never let your protein intake go lower than 1g/lb of body weight when you are aiming to add long-term muscle. It’s the building block of muscle, and your body is going to be starving for it.

 Foods that help you gain weight

Whole eggs: It is economical and loaded with protein, vitamins A,D, E plus good cholesterol. make hard boiled eggs, scrambled eggs and even deviled eggs.

Butter: Butter is linked with long term weight gain. Intake of butter should be in moderation, as regular consumption of butter is bad for your heart.

Fish: The vital fatty acids in tuna contain a host of healthy fats, which not only aid in weight gain but also help in maintaining physical well-being.Sardines, tuna, salmon, mackerel, & herring are 5 of the fattiest fish that are also rich in omega 3 fatty acids, known to protect against cardiovascular disease.

Natural fruit and juice: Sip 100-per cent fruit juice that’s low in added sugar and high in nutrients. Also eat fresh or frozen fruit whenever possible.All natural,unsweetened applesauce is also a good way to get your fruit.

Eat lots and lots of healthy vegetables:

  • Broccoli
  • Cauliflower
  • Brussels sprouts
  • Green and red cabbage
    • Asparagus
    • Kale
    • Spinach
    • Swiss chard
    • Collard greens
    • The herb parsley
    • Red and green lettuce
    • Mustard and turnip greens
      • Peas
      • Lentils
      • Soybeans
      • Lima beans
      • Kidney beans
      • Garbanzo beans
      • And other legumes
  • Leeks
  • Onions
  • Shallots
  • Scallions
  • Garlic
  • Sweet potatoes and yams
  • Summer and winter squash

Nut Butters– Spread natural peanut butter, almond butter or cashew butter on bread or crackers. It gives you approximately 192 calories, plus it is extra high in protein.

Energy bars – Are good for when you are on the go and can’t stop for a proper meal and snack. Find bars with no artificial sugars or none at all. They are loaded with good-for-you nuts and oats.

Smoothies – Invest in a blender if you don’t have one because smoothies are a fast way to combine all your nutrients in a convenient take along meal/snack. You can make a few smoothies ahead of time and freeze them too.

Oil – Adding extra fat to your food is an easy way to add calories, choose olive oil, canola oil, etc. which is good for your health and will add those much needed calories too.

Bananas – One banana contains approximately 100 calories. Not only are bananas rich in carbs and nutritious, they’re also great for workout fuel.

 Daily tips to gain weight

Include three to four servings of fruits and vegetables to your daily diet. It is best to consume fruits in their natural form to get all the nutrients.

Make sure you get enough rest.

Oats: A bowl of oatmeal is the perfect nutritious breakfast. It is high in fiber, and it also provides the body with vital nutrients.

Yogurt: The healthy fruit-flavored, yogurt can give you as much as 118 calories. Include it in your daily diet for quick weight gain. If lactose or milk intolerant, buy soy, goat milk or other alternative

Chew food slowly to properly improve digestion.

  • Avoid excessive intake of beverages such as coffee and tea immediately after meals, as this hinders the absorption of minerals like iron.

Gain muscle mass. It’s a good idea to continue to exercise while you attempt to gain weight the healthy way. However, it’s probably best to lay off the cardio (which burns those hard-earned calories) and focus on strength training instead (which builds muscle mass and helps you to gain weight).

  • Strength training includes working with weights and performing exercises such as squats, deadlifts, bench presses, bicep curls, crunches, chin-ups and leg curls. Do not do high energy workouts such as zumba, aerobics and running that helps you lose weight.


 

 

 

 

 

 

Different Directions

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From spring to fall brings beautiful weather and very busy times.My husband and I are both only children so we can be very demanding of time spent alone and together.There are constantly projects everywhere and places to be.So time with each other is very far and few.

In 2006 I became a step-mom of 2 adorable kids and then in 2007 I had my own child as well. I had always done childcare for other people,but then you get to send them home and get a break.With your own kids your break is bedtime.Don’t get me wrong,I love my kids.

My husband  works long hours at his full time job. He has a few hobbies which include, his scale model car building and also Race Car Inspector from Spring to late Fall.

As a mom and wife there are always things to do and places to go. Recently I went back to doing in home childcare and quit my regular job.My long time struggle with Crohn’s Disease can often make life and things more complicated.In addition I have sewing, painting and various crafts of which I barely get to because there is childcare and housework.

Now that  two of the kids are older they seem to think helping out at home is a pain.There has to be some kind of bribe or payoff in order to do weekly chores.It doesn’t help that my husband is lazy about making sure they follow through with completing tasks. As teenagers they have baseball, softball, wrestling, band and many friends to hang with.

As a break we often have bonfires and cookouts to relax. Although it is always short lived because the running is constant with kids. I often start daydreaming about vacations by the ocean beach with peace and quite. So my mind and body are constantly in a struggle going different directions.

All of My Boys

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Boys and men can be a challenge to deal with at times. I have a 15 year old stepson, a 7 year old boy and my husband to watch over.It seems that the macho male ego is built in and learned.No matter what the female tries to instill as skills and caring, the male toughness prevails.

I have a very loyal and hardworking husband who is very helpful when he is not driven in his own directions. In the spring and summer he is a Race car Inspector in addition to his regular job. He can rebuild,weld, paint and fix any vehicle. I love him for his ambition,caring, thoughtfulness and amazing baking skills. With all his admirable traits also comes complaining, doubts, and computer/video game playing.Grownup or not, he is a little boy in spirit.

My teenage stepson is smart, creative and talks a lot.His favorite things are baseball,fishing, video games, bike riding,skateboarding and ripping stuff apart. He struggles with being a big brother who wants to be in charge to a typical teen who tries to look and be cool, plus tough.He can be very argumentative and likes to challenge anyone’s authority and knowledge.

Then there is my chatty, 7 year old who can be sweet and still loves to give me hugs and sweet things. His favorite things are playing outside,legos, army men and games on his X box or I pad. He is at the age where he looks up to his male role models which means he is now becoming argumentative and tries to act tough with his friends and brother.

They are all different and the same in many ways.I love them for all the diversity they bring to my life.

Struggling to Simplify Stuff

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The motivation to slim down all our stuff began with the prospect of moving to Florida in spring of 2014. For many months throughout my struggles with Crohns Disease, I have been trying to get rid of all the stuff that has built up in our house.Plus trying to keep up with housework, kids, a part-time job and stay well.

It has been a very long cold winter here which didn’t help the motivation. My Spring cleaning has continued even though it is still abnormally cold for Wisconsin. A few years ago my grandmother passed away and left me with many of her things. In addition my husband finally brought most or all of his stuff that was stored at his parents house and the crazy part is that we have been together for 9 years. Getting the family to sort and clean after school and work has been very difficult. Not to mention adding all the TV programs, phone chat/texts,computer, I pad and video games that they think can’t be postponed till later.

My kids did sort through there rooms full of clothes and toys. On one of our warmer days my husband cleaned part of the basement too. The garage has also became a catchall collector so that we can’t even park a vehicle in it.

Now my front porch is a garage sale, with stuff everywhere. It is still too cold to have a real sale, so I have been selling things on buy sell trade and other selling sites. It’s a lot of work to take pictures, post and chat back n forth with people interested in your stuff. There have been good and bad experiences with people.

Spring has arrived so Racing, baseball and softball practice has begun. Also there is only a month and a half left until school gets out. If we were having a bake sale my stepdaughter would be more excited. Things are getting done, but I’d appreciate more help selling and pricing things!

Balance your Passion and Potential

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Is it your time to be happy and healthy? Let’s admit that most of us need to learn to take time to Relax, Rest and Rejuvinate. Everyday we should have a routine to take the time to destress with yoga,meditation, a soothing bath, find a quiet place or whatever it takes to calm our mind and body.

For a long time, I have been going through the motions of day to day life just to pay bills and keep my family happy. When I was in my 20’s and 30’s life was all about friends, family and fun. Still I didn’t fully realize I was pursuing dreams, but not fulfilling the potential and passion to be successful for who I am. You have to be happy with who you are and be healthy. I had to connect all the dots of what I have been missing about Who I am.

First of all writing, art and animals have always been my biggest passions.Out of high school I went to MATC in Madison, WI for the Veterinary Technician program. For many years I had jobs that involved taking care of animals. In my early 20’s I attended at San Francisco City College, where I took some fine art and journalism classes. Then at 30 I went back to college again for Graphic Design at MPTC in Fond du Lac, WI. During this time I settled for a day to day  job that still isn’t working for my health and wellness because that’s what so many people deem acceptable. I let my family and material things spiral out of my control.

Even though I love a lot of today’s technology, I must admit that the Amish simple ways of life have also influenced me too. I remember all the simple old time pleasures that my great grandparents shared with me as a little girl.I’m now focused to eat healthier and love what I do to make a living. It’s time for me to balance my passion and potential.

You Gotta Want the Destination of Health

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Here is your pep talk article to wellness!

Remember when you were a kid and people asked who you wanted to be? Your answer might have been a teacher, farmer, fireman, policeman or an artist. Back then life was all about learning new things and having fun with friends or family.I know my parents and grandparents told me enjoy being young because when you grow up things are more challenging.

Now as a grown up life is a little more complicated because you must have a job to pay bills, have a social life and possibly a family. Day to day life is more fast paced and overwhelming.Each day there are temptations of eating processed, artificial, sugary and salty foods because they are convenient and you don’t bother to read the ingredients because it’ seems faster and you are on the go.It’s really not that hard, but you gotta want to make more conscious choices.

To travel through life’s twists and turns YOU have to figure out the who, what, where, when and why to the Destination that makes a difference in a healthy and happy living.

WHO are you going to be to make a difference in yourself and the people around. Can you make a lifestyle change to eat naturally for you and your family to stay healthy? Will you set goals and boundaries to be less stressed and have fun?

WHAT is it going to take to stay focused to eat healthy and use natural things to clean yourself and home. You need to set up a network of people to talk to you when you are tempted to steer around your destination.

WHERE will you turn for a network of friends and family that will honor your wishes to stay focused. Will you make more homemade meals,bring good snacks for on the go and pick healthier restaurants.

WHEN are you going to be ready to commit to a healthier you? Is now the time to avoid the junky alternatives that have made you gain weight,lose weight or become sicker?

WHY do you need and want to be healthier? Is it because you already have health problems that have been on a roller coaster far too long.Are you setting an example for your kids, extended family and friends to get on the ride. Do you want to be able to do more things,go more places and have more energy.