Flattening the bulge
Ten years ago, as a result of rectal cancer, I went through major surgery.
The result was that I have a new, and much improved 'Rock Stars Arse' and a colostomy. Once the devastation of chemo was over, you've never seen ballooning like it, believe me, my stoma and I quite got to like each other. I don't think of myself as being incontinent.
I don't mind a 'tummy bum' at all, and I cherish my ritual irrigation time each day, but over the years I've developed a bump round my stoma - a parastomal hernia. It's not massive, purely an irritation.
During the first (UK) lockdown, I stupidly allowed my weight to increase to nearly 16st. Looking in the mirror, I was beginning to resemble Shrek, but not green and not a nice sight at all. (Apologies to Shrek fans)
Also, I saw that during the Covid crisis, people who were fat and/or obese were not faring very well at all.
During the last twelve months, I've lost 3 1/2 stone. No applause, please, we've all been through much, much worse, or we wouldn't be on this site. I now have my waist back, but I still have the stoma bulge, although it has reduced a bit.
I was wondering if anybody had any suggestions as to how to reduce my stoma bulge short of wearing a belt? It's nowhere near a point where medical intervention might be necessary - and I don't think that (in the UK) they would do anything anyway.
Any suggestions would be welcome.
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