TPN stands for total parenteral nutrition, and it is used when the body cannot get nutrition from foods because the food doesn't get absorbed in the body. Some people get TPN for extended periods—or even for a lifetime.
For your stoma care, there are some important colostomy supplies you cannot do without, that is asides colostomy bags. There are some other products you’ll require, without which proper management of your stoma will be virtually impossible. What are these supplies and how important are they?
Once you advance through the stages recommended by your surgeon and/or dietician post-op, many patients find that they don't get much guidance other than protein first and drink between meals. Here are some tips on protein rich foods and recipe sources from a bariatric patient.
I’ve probably had reflux my entire life. I’ve taken reflux medication, and I’ve done natural alternatives. One surprising and very important strategy in my arsenal is my adjustable bed.
Diverticulitis is easy to confuse with other health issues, such as food poisoning and the common stomach flu. This was my experience with diverticulitis and how I was able to identify it and seek treatment.
Some colostomy patients wonder if they can travel with an ostomy without having unpleasant occurrences but having an ostomy shouldn't stop you from travelling long distance. Find out how you can travel without worry, how to prepare, and why you don't need to cancel a holiday because of your ostomy.
How does one cope with wearing colostomy bags? If you asked me a week after my procedure, I’ll tell you I wish I were dead! But then, a few weeks down the line and I soon became an expert at managing a stoma. It’s not so bad after all.
There are basically two types of colostomy bags, the disposable types and the re-useable ones. This article is about the disposable bags and the advantages and disadvantages of using them.
As a colostomy patient, you will experience a few stoma problems that are best described as minor mishaps. What are they, when do they occur, and how can you overcome them or keep them to the barest minimum? Find out in this article.
This article discusses the signs and symptoms of a bowel obstruction, what you can do to treat it on your own, and how to know when to seek help.
Diverticulosis is a condition, which for most people, will not show symptoms. It can be diagnosed in a routine colonoscopy. Diverticula, or small sacs that emanate from the intestinal wall, sometimes bulge and break through the muscle tissue of that wall. Inflammation may result.
Living with pancreatitis sucks. If you have pancreatitis, you know what I'm talking about. In this article, I share how I managed to live with it as well as tips to avoid further complications.
Appendicitis can be deadly, and what makes it scary is that it isn't always obvious that you have it. I didn't exhibit the usual signs of this condition—and I almost didn't get treatment in time.
"Gastroparesis is treatable," said the first website I found. I was so relieved—now I would find the answer to my suffering. Unfortunately, it was not going to be that easy.
My diet as a colostomy patient wasn’t much different from my pre-ostomy days, and If you’ve just had an Ostomy, you want to know what you can eat & drink, and what you can not. Here, you’ll find tips on my experience, the nutritional pattern I followed, my diet, and my general eating habits.