Now That I've Had Gastric Sleeve Surgery, What Do I Eat?
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 eat protein first and drink between meals. Here are some tips on protein-rich foods and recipe sources from a bariatric patient.
Gastroparesis Can Be a Nightmare, but I Found Ways to Help Me Cope
"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.
Stoma Problems to Expect If You Have a Colostomy
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.
What is TPN (Total Parenteral Nutrition)? Home TPN and Central (Picc) Line Care
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.
The Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment of Gallstones: My Experience
This is my experiences with gallstones. I also share the information I've gathered about the diagnosis and symptoms of this condition.
What Is a Femoral Hernia and How Is It Treated? My Diagnosis
Do you feel a painful lump on the front or inside of your thigh? It may be a femoral hernia. Learn about what it is, the causes, and what to expect in terms of diagnosis and treatment.
Antibiotics Can Kill You: How I Survived the Wrong Rx
Taking antibiotics can make you very sick and even kill you. After taking clindamycin for a oral infection, I developed a rampant "C. diff" infection that landed me in the hospital.
How to Prevent Colostomy Bag Ballooning
If you are living with a colostomy, bags ballooning out (caused by gas build-up) is one of the most common problems. How can you avoid this? If it happens to you often, what are the possible ways to reduce its occurrence? Find out how I coped with my ostomy bags ballooning issues.
Tips on How to Travel Long-Distance If You Have a Colostomy
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.
Stoma Care: How I Try to Avoid Infecting My Stoma
If you're an ostomate, caring for your stoma and ensuring that it is clean and germ-free is an important part of a stoma care routine. A clean stoma will guard against bacteria that may result in irritation, or worse, an infection. Learn how to keep your stoma hygienic and infection-free.
Advantages and Disadvantages of Disposable Colostomy Bags
There are basically two types of colostomy bags: disposable types and re-useable ones. This article is about the disposable bags and the advantages and disadvantages of using them.
Colostomy Supplies for Stoma Care: What I Use
For your stoma care, there are some important colostomy supplies you cannot do without—that is, besides 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?
My Colostomy Food and Diet Tips
My diet as a colostomy patient wasn’t much different from my pre-ostomy days, and If you’ve just had an ostomy, you'll want to know what you can and can't eat & drink. Here you’ll find tips on my experience, the nutritional pattern I followed, my diet, and my general eating habits.
How I Was Cured of Ulcerative Colitis: What Happens After Your Colon Is Removed
A personal story of how I was "cured" of ulcerative colitis, what the cure cost me, and whether I would recommend it to anyone else.
Symptoms, Treatments, and Differences of Crohn's and Ulcerative Colitis
Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) is different than IBS, which stands for irritable bowel syndrome. One is a disease that needs medical attention, whereas the other, little can be done medically.
Living With Bile Reflux Disease: When Your Stomach Hates You
Are you constantly at war with your stomach? Do you have reflux all the time? Learn about bile reflux and how to recognize it. I had never heard of it before my doctor told me I had it. Read on for everything you need to know.