In this Issue
I'd like to thank Jane Fellows and Leann Richbourg for their help with our breakout sessions. I think we all came away with a bit more knowledge of how to manage our particular ostomy. Thank you also to those who brought extra ostomy supplies for the hurricane victims. Your giving and caring for others is also another reason for our groups success.
The Coloplast representative will be the focus of the October meeting. She will be presenting her lineup of products as well as any new items they have developed since she last visited with us. I encourage all of you to attend and see what's new as well as take home some free samples. The vendor meetings are always very informative and educational.
Stephanie won't be with us for this meeting. She is taking a trip with other nurses to Russia. We wish her well in her travels and look forward to hearing about it when she returns.
Also, I hope you liked our newsletter format. We have spent a lot of time and effort in trying to make it more informative and entertaining for you. Please let us have your feedback as to what you think of it. We are still in the early stages of developing a format you will like so let us know what you think.
Well, that's about
it for now. Special thanks again to JoAnn and Bobby for the great refreshments
and we look forward to Jeff B.'s goodies for this next meeting.
Yours in service, Dan
Remember to allow 1/8" - 1/16" between the edge of the stoma and the opening in the wafer (skin barrier). Too large an opening may expose skin to stool or urine content. Too small an opening may cause lacerations due to rubbing of the pouch or skin barrier.
Lengthy sitting in one place can force the pouch contents upward around the stoma and cause leakage. Getting up occasionally will help.
Put toilet paper in the toilet bowl before emptying your pouch to prevent splashing.
To keep up with your fluid intake, have an 8 ounce glass of water, juice or soda each time you empty your pouch. This will help you to avoid dehydration. Jane Fellows
If you use a 2 piece pouching system, before snapping the pouch on the flange, apply a little bit of baby oil to the ring of the flange; this will allow the two pieces to snap together with ease. Leanne Richbourg
Keep Charmin wipes, cut in half, to clean out the bottom of the pouch. I travel with a box and keep a box in the bathroom. Bonnie Sessums
Eat Mexican salsa BEFORE 4:00pm.!!!!!!! Frank Ricciutti
If you have an ileostomy, check with your doctor before taking timed release or extended release medications. Since you don't have a large intestine, these meds may not be absorbed fully, and therefore may not take full effect. Jennifer Higdon
We Need Your Contributions! We hope that Member Suggestions will be a regular feature of the By-Pass, but we cannot do it without your input! If you have an idea, a special way of handling your ostomy that others may find helpful as well, please contact us! Call or send email to Dan Wiley or Jennifer Higdon, and well be sure to include your ideas in the next edition.
Often I receive inquiries about medication absorption and vitamin use. For people that have had their colons removed, it can take about four hours to digest and eliminate food. So pelvic pouch patients should take certain precautions when adding new medications to their regimen.
from the Desk of Miriam M. Preen, B.S.N., R.N, contributing writer of "Pouch-O-Gram" (fall/winter 2004), a publication provided by the Department of Colorectal Surgery at The Cleveland Clinic to help people deal with issues associated with the pelvic pouch..
What do ostomates do when they arent attending their local support meetings? Some are writing novels with humor, flair, and ostomate heroines! Peter McGinn, webmaster of the Portland Maine Ostomy Support Group, has just published Caught Holding the Bag, a mystery novel with ostomate lead characters. The book is available in paperback from Book Locker. Visit www.booklocker.com/books/2015.html to read an excerpt and ordering information.
Dan Wiley, President, opened the meeting at 7:45 PM and welcomed the 38+ members and guests. He announced that Linda Martin, WOC nurse at Raleigh Community and supporter of the Raleigh Area Chapter of the UOA is retiring. A card of appreciation and congratulations will be mailed to her. Dan also thanked JoAnn and Bobby Qualls for the wonderful refreshments.
Dan introduced Carole King and her husband, Cyrus, and welcomed them as new members. He passed around a form for members to complete with names, emails addresses, and past or present occupations. Dan announced that the program for the meeting would be break out sessions and introduced Jane Fellows, WOC nurse from Duke University Hospital and Leanne Richbourg from Wake Medical as well as Stephanie Yates from Rex HealthCare as leaders of the different ostomy groups. Stephanie will be going to Moscow, Russia with a group of nurses from the "People to People Ambassador Program" and will not attend the October meeting.
Dan then discussed the minimal effects the closing of the UOA would have on our local chapter and announced that we would continue our local efforts as a support group for ostomates. We will have a "new name contest" with the winner being announced at our November meeting.
Dan reported that
the Board met on August 31 and had a good meeting with lots of positive
discussion. He introduced Jennifer Higdon, Vice President, and she stated
she would be passing around slips of paper for members to write down tips,
suggestions, questions, or program requests. These tips/suggestions will
be discussed at a later
Dan introduced Ruth Rhodes, Treasurer, and Ruth announced the Board recommendation of a new annual membership fee of $20.00. This amounts to a decrease in annual dues from $30.00 since we will no longer be paying UOA dues. Bonnie Sessums moved to accept the $20.00 dues and Frank Ricciuti seconded. Members approved this motion. All dues will be payable to the Raleigh Area Chapter of the UOA (until further notice) and due by September 30, 2005. Ruth will only bill annually and this billing will be done in September. If members have paid their dues since March 2005, they will not be billed until September 1, 2006. All other members should pay their dues by September 30, 2005 and mail to Ruth. If the dues are a hardship for anyone, please contact Ruth or another Board member and discussions will be kept confidential.
Members and guests gathered together by ostomy types for group discussion led by our WOC nurses.
Stephanie announced that a Coloplast representative will be the guest speaker at our October meeting; break out sessions for our November meeting; and a social for the December meeting. She asked for program ideas for 2006 and the following were suggested: Dr. Faust, General Surgeon; a nutritionist; Terry Kuczynski, Family Counselor at Rex Cancer Center; a radiologist; and a dermatologist. Stephanie also announced that Dr. Lyle Rogers, former president of the Raleigh Area Chapter of the UOA and former newsletter editor has passed away. Dr. Rogers was 95 and she said he would be very proud of our group.
Dan thanked members for bringing ostomy supplies for the Katrina victims and thanked Debbie for the suggestion. Jennifer will get these supplies to "Friends of Ostomates Worldwide" for distribution. Sonya Withers announced that new clothing and new toys could be donated to the Wake County Health Department for distribution to the Katrina survivors relocated to Raleigh.
Jeff and Becky Burcham will provide refreshments for the October meeting, Tuesday, October 4. The meeting was adjourned at 9:30 PM.