About three weeks ago, I underwent an elective sigmoid colectomy, a surgical procedure to have part of my colon removed to relieve some chronic pain problems and to prevent further complications of diverticular disease which I unusually have at such a young age, the surgery didn’t go as well as we’d all hoped and I an ostomy, via the Hartmanns procedure resulting in what you may know as a Colostomy!
What happens when an EDC’er has a Colostomy? As it turns out, he find’s a bag that fits the bill and keeps everything organized, along with matching moral patch!
I use a Hazard 4 ‘Reveille’ as my toiletries bag when I’m away from home, and I figured it’d also make a great bag for keeping ostomy supplies to hand!
I was given a free bag in my ‘colostomy welcome kit’ from the hospital, but it was so small I really wonder how anyone keeps the needed supplies in there, besides the bare essentials for an emergency, however if you’re frequently on the road and changing your bag away from home, it’s hardly enough to do it all comfortably.
In the Reveille, I’ve got more than enough to last me a day of bag-changing in comfort, in fact, I could probably put the extra colostomy pouches in and survive a week+ with this bag keeping my supplies to hand.
- Coloplast Convext Closed Pouches
- Disposal bags
- Brava Lubrecating Deodorant
- Huggies ‘Pure’ Wet Wipes
- Brava Adhesive Remover Spray
- 3M Cavilon
- Hand Towel (for protecting clothes during a change)
- Non-purfumed Deodorizing Spray
You can find out more about the Hazard 4 ‘Reveille’ by clicking here
*UPDATE* I’ve found the zip-pulls are a but of a hassle, especially if I’m trying to do something with one hand. Since all the zippers have corners to go around it’s also a bit harder again! To spice up the look of the bag and make the zippers easier I’ve made some paracord pulls using a ‘Celtic Button’ knot. It’s now much easier!