Undergoing any life-changing medical procedure incites a certain amount of dread in anyone. Among the procedures that many people have great concern over getting is an ostomy. While the procedure might seem invasive before it’s done, you’ll quickly find that after some getting used to it, you’ll be able to have the same quality of life that you enjoyed beforehand. Your activities won’t be hindered, and you won’t have to worry about not having the ability to enjoy life to its fullest potential.
Among the activities that many patients worry about before and after their procedure is being able to have a good night’s sleep. You’ll find that, like other things in the post-procedure world, you’ll have some adapting to do, but you’ll soon have little trouble getting plenty of rest and waking up refreshed the next morning.
One of the biggest changes that you’ll be getting used to after you have an ostomy procedure done is a change in diet. Once you come home from the hospital, you’ll find that there are some things you’ll still be able to eat and others that you won’t. Therefore, it’s advisable that you make these necessary changes to your diet before your procedure so they become normalized by the time you’re discharged from care.
Some of the foods that many medical professionals recommend for ostomy patients include, but are not limited to:
- Dairy products that are lactose-free or soy-based
- Yogurt, soups, and puddings
- Plant-based proteins or lean animal proteins
- Cranberry juice
- Rice and pasta
- Skinned vegetables
It’s important to remember that, no matter what you’ve consumed throughout the course of your day, you should ALwAYS empty or change your bag before bedtime. This reduces the anxiety that comes with receiving yourself throughout the course of the night.
Support Belts & Night Drainage Bags
Not everyone is a sound sleeper. A concern of many patients who have just had an ostomy procedure done is that they toss and turn at night. There’s a viable and effective solution to this. Support belts keep your ostomy bag close to your body and can help prevent leaks. If you have a habit of getting up to relieve yourself in the middle of the night, night drainage bags can be very helpful.
Having an ostomy will take some getting used to, and Cymed products can make the transition much easier. Our products have an added emphasis on durability and comfort, making the transitory period following an ostomy as comfortable as possible. For more information on what we can offer you, give us a call today at 1-800-582-0707.