Ostomy Pouch Covers

What change bothers you?

Name three changes in your life that would bother you. Excluding the disastrous things that could occur like losing your health, losing someone close to you, or losing your job or income source, there are common “nuisance” things that tend to bother everybody. For instance, who looks forward to the periodic prompting by their work computer to change their ID password? Who likes to move? Change is difficult and is harder to accept when you feel powerless to stop it.

I started running in 1980. I was feeling the college life effects of beer and junk food on my gut. One day while shopping at the mall with friends, I spotted the latest Nike Air running shoe in a store window. Apparently, they were patented in 1979, and were marketed with the accompanying words “there are no finish lines”.  I was inspired and actually started the long process of falling in love with those shoes.

Some 500 miles later, I think the air compartment wore out and my “flat tire” took me back to a shoe store. I don’t know if superstition played a role or not, but I was severely disappointed when I found out that Nike had unilaterally decided to abandon that specific shoe for other “air” designs, and if I were to keep running, I’d have to find a substitute… I actually remember anger and disbelief undertones in my psyche as I tried on different shoes. All the while cursing Nike for kowtowing to the fashion industry.

Another “more than a nuisance” change occurred when my first I-Phone, replete with contact list, music file, pictures, and everything else important, died. I have not yet mastered the overwhelming uneasiness of possibly losing that whole super-important but digital mysterious master file of my life in the cloud.

I’m not (totally) against new things. 

Having had my bladder removed, I am an ostomate. Wearing a man-made plastic appliance that makes me socially acceptable is extremely important. It accepts and contains some part of my body’s waste.  I’ve become dependent on the ostomy pouch over the past 9 years.  Given our competitive capitalistic society, many stoma appliance companies have risen to the top. I have used two of the more popular ones.  A local distributor delivers the devices to my door and bills my insurance.

My distributor recently unilaterally decided to stop handling the ostomy wares of the top three appliance makers in the world, (and more specifically, MY appliance maker!!) They will be supplying stoma care materials from a new company.  They didn’t ask any of the local ostomates if it’d be OK, they didn’t offer a tutorial on the new stuff. I’d guess that the company just made a cheaper deal.

Fortunately, we have a great WOCN nurse in our community that will help some ostomates make the transition either to using the new devices or with finding new distributors.

I’m not against new things… many times somebody who is keeping an eye out for new products can help us find something better that otherwise we wouldn’t know about.

Security won’t change! 

Ostomates have a variety of body shapes and have different appliance needs. Fortunately, appliance makers continue to improve their products, and the devices are quite dependable. My company MED5 developed “user-friendly” StomaCloak to assist ostomates with any appliance they use.  This is a cloth bag designed to fit over any appliance. It wicks away moisture, feels soft on the skin, and decreases the plastic “scrunchy sound”. Best of all, it decreases odors associated with stomas.

If this manufacturer introduces a good product, then we will modify our StomaCloak to fit it. This way, ostomates will continue to feel the security our StomaCloak provides.

By Dr. Joseph Salisz, MD A Urologist with an ostomy

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