| Lily17 wrote:
Hi, Bree - and Welcome to you and your boyfriend!
Your first option for quick response?... Find out if there's a UOAA support group chapter in Albuquerque or nearby. Reach out to them and their membership for support & resources. If a local hospital's outpatient wound care center/clinic has WOCNs (wound & ostomy care nurses), they could also be helpful.
The Friends of Ostomates Worldwide (fowusa.org) has resources and supplies that you may be able to procure, and if I remember correctly, they have a Facebook page and are also on Instagram.
Also reach out to ostomy supply manufacturers like Hollister and Convatec; these and other companies offer free samples of ostomy supplies.
Along with MeetAnOstomate.org, check out VeganOstomy.ca - great info and tips for living a better life with an ostomy!
Wishing you both the best! Check back in when you can and let us all know how things are going~
Thank you very much for your reply! During my research it showed that I could call 2-1-1 and could get supplies that way but when I called I was basically ran around in circles being told to call here, then there, and then back here, etc. and after half a day spent making all those calls round and round I was quite dizzy (Ba-dum-tiss! Haha, dizzy, get it?) But having no more answers than I had when I started, I was frustrated and felt I was going absolutely nowhere so I had to call it a day on that mission.
Albuquerque is not known for being the friendliest of cities, definitely not the most helpful in any aspect. My boyfriend has gone to 3 different hospitals (on separate occasions) when he was absolutely out of all other options and, like he is now, COMPLETELY out of supplies, and after sitting in their ER anywhere from 3 to 8 hours, he has been turned away with no help. Upon calling his physician for help, we've been told that they can give him information at his next appointment, which we scheduled at the end of July for him to be seen but the soonest available appointment wasn't until mid October.
I've been digging so many tunnels just to ultimately hit brick walls, only 1 time have I kept digging until I saw light, and that was the time when we found a local lady who helped ostomates with supplies completely free of charge. Such a wonderful woman, sweet as can be! Unfortunately she does it all out of her own pocket (an absolute angel, I'm telling you) and at this time she's out of supplies and, cause of our dear friend Covid, is currently unable to continue helping until she can get donations or can afford it again.
There are medical supply warehouses here that have store fronts you can go to but you can't purchase anything without a prescription, and his prescription shows as filled after he gets his monthly box that Medicaid pays for. It's a ridiculous system, I can't believe you have to have a prescription for ostomy supplies! I don't know of anyone doing anything malicious with them, nor are the kids using them to get high, so what's the big deal about having a prescription? I would think that simply showing that you have one would be sufficient enough, but what do I know.