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Sat Apr 02, 2022 2:53 am
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Hi everyone 

Does anyone else avoid breakfast and lunch to avoid any accidents at work?

Sat Apr 02, 2022 3:14 am

Hello Richiee.

Thanks for raising this question as missing meals  seems a fairly logical thing to do to avoid 'accidents'.  However, eating regularly also seems like a logical thing to do to stay healthy and avoid other complications. 

You don't say whether you have a colostomy or ileostomy. If it is the former, I would suggest you explore the procedure known as 'irrigation'. If this works for you, then the problems of 'accidents' at work will no long apply, as you will not have any output during the day and you can get on with your life in a much more 'normal' way.

Best wishes

Bill 

PS: Best of luck with finding a 'lady-friend'. 

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Sat Apr 02, 2022 3:17 am

No, that's crazy.  That'd be like saying... I'm gonna stay home so I don't get hit by a car.  Having an ostomy is not a life-ending thing.  Learn how to deal with it and there's nothing you can't do, including eating three meals a day.  Don't they have bathrooms at work?  The more familiar you become with your ostomy, the fewer "accidents" you'll have.  Of course, now that I think about it, I would probably benefit weightwise by missing a few meals, but I like to eat too much.


Sat Apr 02, 2022 3:20 am

I have an ileostomy and if I don't eat, my bag just fills up with froth and air which is actually more of a nuisance to unload than regular output.  Small regular meals work for me.  I've always carried a spare set but never had to use it yet, touch wood!


Sat Apr 02, 2022 5:11 am

Hi Richiee,

I eat a small breakfast a couple of hours before starting work. That way things get moving and I can empty before work. Then a small lunch half way through the day. I drink lots of decaf tea. And I do have an emergency bag of 'everything but the kitchen sink' with me. Good Luck. 🌻


Sat Apr 02, 2022 9:37 am

No my bag will need emptying sometime in the workday day even if I didn't eat. 

Your more likely to have serious accident going without breakfast and lunch making yourself ill and fainting even more serious if your operating machinery or driving putting others life's in danger too...long term not doing your own health any good skipping meals regularly 


Sat Apr 02, 2022 9:47 am

You should see my arsenal of supplies when I head to San Francisco on a 13  or with a stop 16 hours  flight !!  I have a backpack that is always jammed with supplies . About 2 hours before leaving I'll eat something , a sandwich maybe  and before I get to the airport that will be gone through me . I get a seat near the bathroon on the outside . I often make a couple of small sandwiches to snack on if I need to .  Jo you're right on the mark , the thing just blows up with air  if there's nothing to digest .  I've never had to change it while flying  thankfully . The bathrooms have become so small that even a small person , like myself can barely get in the door , changing would not be good  !! 

   Eat little bits all day and you should be fine . 

Eamon ☘

Sat Apr 02, 2022 10:03 am

I just eat small meals doing during the work day.. in the morning plain toast and tea.. lunch is soup or a small meat sandwich, water and a fruit that does not cause gas noises like raspberries. ..snack time I have chips or low fat yogurt. Eat things that are low fat and low sugar. I seat at a computer all day..so this usually enough food. But if you job is physically demanding make sure you eat enough food..so you can stay healthy and work.

Sat Apr 02, 2022 3:14 pm

Yes. My efforts are directed towards keeping things quiet in the evening when I meet people socially. There are few people who know what I suffer from. It is a cruel and competitive world I live in, though I have a lot of good friends, there are a number of rivals lurking around too. They would probably  write me off. With a little bit of control, you can regulate the time you are most active in output and when inactive, but a lot depends on the individual, your doctor is the best adviser.

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