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Air Travel is always interesting with my Ostomy

Air Travel is always interesting with my Ostomy

Vaccines for COVID are opening travel security. My wife and I are on an airplane, for the first time in a year. We are flying to Mayo Clinic in Rochester Minnesota for a maintenance procedure. We have just planed after getting through the TSA. I had emptied in the...

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Experiment Leads to Knowledge!

Experiment Leads to Knowledge!

I switched to an ostomy appliance provider. I was using my local hospital medical supply source. It seemed very impersonal and limited. The resource person would take the phone call and look me up on the computer, then reorder whatever was on my record and hang up....

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Concealment at Home or in the Woods

Concealment at Home or in the Woods

It’s not a terrible thing to have an ostomy. Most ostomates I’ve met are better off for having one. Either severe inflammatory bowel disease, cancer, trauma, or other medical issues led the surgeon to convince that person that he or she would require that...

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Pleated pants are OUT but we can’t always wear scrubs!

Pleated pants are OUT but we can’t always wear scrubs!

Pleated pants are OUT As a physician, I change into comfortable scrubs for the operating room, but I am accustomed to wearing dress clothes in the office. While scrubs accommodate my ostomy appliance (and contents) easily, dress pants are another story! Pleats were...

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Quarantine = What Day Is It StomaCloak?

Quarantine = What Day Is It StomaCloak?

What day is it?   Although I am aging, I don’t think I have any measurable dementia yet (given my selective hearing, my housemates in quarantine, wife, and daughter, may believe otherwise...). The days are sort of blending together. Is it Monday or Tuesday? Does...

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RESILIENCY IN THE AGE OF COVID-19

RESILIENCY IN THE AGE OF COVID-19

Life is full of challenges. As individuals we each face our own trial and tribulations. Ostomates, or persons living with a urinary or bowel diversion, face special kinds of adversity. Now, as a species, together we are facing a global pandemic. During this difficult...

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It’s a Brave New World!  COVID-19

It’s a Brave New World! COVID-19

COVID 19 by Dr. Joseph Salisz, MD I am nervously working among the masses, some with colds or flu, some may be with C-19, all full of nervous energy and needs. I spent all day yesterday and half of today calling patients to cancel appointments and postpone procedures...

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A Day With Grandpa…My Superhero!!

A Day With Grandpa…My Superhero!!

Semi-retired I’ve reached the ripe age of 60. My hours of work have been reduced by 50%. Although I feel very healthy at present, my health record sometimes slows me down like an anchor that I forgot to pull back into the boat. Insomnia and anxiety weren’t part of my...

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Fend off fungus around your appliance…wicking material!

Fend off fungus around your appliance…wicking material!

I wrestled in high school. As an all-out aggressive effort for six minutes on the rubberized mat, S W E A T was the name of the game. Guy’s showers at our school were in “the dungeon”... a dark dank cement floor locker room that would’ve been perfect for growing...

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Black Friday…Thanksgiving and StomaCloak!

Black Friday…Thanksgiving and StomaCloak!

I shiver with the words “Black Friday”!! I grew up in a family that emphasized Thanksgiving. It was a sin to consider the Christmas season until thanks was offered up, family style, for all of our blessings. To decorate, or to shop for Christmas presents were to “put...

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StomaCloak – A Moving Celebration From House to Hub!

StomaCloak – A Moving Celebration From House to Hub!

Out of the House StomaCloak was born, just over five years ago, as a result of a living room conversation between Pat Camp, an ostomy nurse, and Dr. Joe Salisz, a local urologist. At the time, Pat and Joe were brainstorming ways to improve the experience of patients...

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Mayo Clinic while Camping with my StomaCloak

Mayo Clinic while Camping with my StomaCloak

Requiring special radiation at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota for cancer management, I camped for five weeks on a remote riverside site on the Zumbro river. I prefer nature over hotel amenities. My daily commute South through vast corn and alfalfa fields was 23 minutes....

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If only Grandma had a StomaCloak!

If only Grandma had a StomaCloak!

I remember driving the four hours to my dad’s family farm when I was young. It was my favorite place on earth. Grandma and Grandpa had about a square mile of hilly upper Michigan property with staggered barb wire fences, piles of field stone with fossils, and dairy...

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“Judgement Free Zone” Wearing an Ostomy Bag at the Gym

“Judgement Free Zone” Wearing an Ostomy Bag at the Gym

The gym I belong to serves a very diverse crowd and advertises that it is a "judgement free zone"! I rejoin every Thanksgiving to try to maintain a reasonable performance status over Michigan's winter months. For three years in a row now, I walk to the same treadmill,...

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StomaCloak Cyber Monday Discount Starting Today!

Cyber Monday Special offer, so buy your StomaCloak today and save! 10% off when using code -  cyberm   Expires 12/15/2017 Top 5 Reasons you can be confident with a StomaCloak for your Ostomy or Stoma Bag. 1. Odor Control 2. Leak Prevention 3. Keeps Skin Healthy4....

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Helping Heal a Healer

Helping Heal a Healer

What happens when the physician becomes the patient? What if the physician is a urologist and the disease he has is something he has treated before? Joseph Salisz can explain what happens because he’s been there. As a urologist he says, “I fix plumbing problems.” And...

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Finishing the race together is all that matters!

Finishing the race together is all that matters!

A Urostomy Bag Through the Homestretch! Last weekend, I had the honor of running the Muskegon Seaway 5K (3.2 miles) race with a great friend. Really, in retrospect, there were many in the 1500 runners that I knew, but Greg is a friend! Greg is a natural runner. Even...

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