Clive: The first year of living with an ostomy

Clive: The first year of living with an ostomy

Clive shares his experience of dining out and resuming to old hobbies the first year after his surgery.

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in time, Clive was able to pick up old hobbies again

Taking my first walk

After about a week I took my first walk along the road, then after a couple more weeks I walked along the seafront with a few stops in-between. Things got much easier as time progressed and now emptying, changing and dealing with my ostomy has become second nature.

Half the time I don't even know it's there!

No need for a prolonged morning routine

My usual routine in the morning is to have a shave (face not legs!), shower, then put on a new pouch, and that will last me until the next morning. I get my new pouch and stuff ready the night before, so it takes just five minutes.

A change in energy

Before my operation, I was very ill with Crohn's and was housebound. I just couldn't go out for fear of having an 'accident' and I had no energy. I was constantly rushing to the bathroom. Now I can go out and do most of the things that I used to be able to do.

going out after ostomy surgery is possible

Knowing what to consume

My first trip out was in December when my family took me to Winter Wonderland in London, UK. I had thought I would never go out again, but we had a lovely Christmas that year and I was able to eat all the things I used to with no problems. You get to know the things you can and can't eat.

Taking up old hobbies

I have given myself some projects this year. The first was to restore my mountain bike, which I stripped down and had re-sprayed. It now looks like a new bike!

In the 1980s, I used to be a DJ and I would like to get back into it, so I have been getting together some gear and building my own lights. It is great to be able to get back to the things I enjoy!

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