Snow Shoveling Tips for Ostomates

Jan 25, 2023 4:50 pm

I live on the east coast of Canada and we just got dumped on with so much snow! And more on the way this week! I do a lot of shoveling snow so I thought I would share what I found about it. For an ostomate, this could increase the risk of developing a parastomal hernia, so it's extremely important to take special care.

Wear a hernia prevention belt

Choose the right shovel (smaller would hold less weight)

Use your arms and legs more, and your abdominal muscles less

Keep hydrated

If you feel any pain or discomfort, stop what you're doing

Here is the link to Eric's article:

Jan 25, 2023 4:59 pm

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Jan 25, 2023 5:12 pm
Reply to AlexT

That works for bigger spaces.

Jan 25, 2023 6:20 pm

Hot water.

Jan 25, 2023 6:54 pm
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Jan 25, 2023 6:58 pm
Reply to SallyK

I was being serious

Jan 25, 2023 7:28 pm

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Jan 26, 2023 9:21 am
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Jan 30, 2023 3:36 pm

Hi Sally. I live in a bedroom community to Edmonton, AB. And strangely enough, I like shoveling snow, at least for the first 5 months of winter here. I have a peristomal hernia. I have had it for 10 years. It grows very slowly. It is about the size of 1/2 a large grapefruit. I do not believe shoveling snow has ever done anything to it. If my snow is 4 or 5 inches (dryer snow than yours I'm sure), I shovel by hand. Any much more than that, I use my snowblower. My driveway is 120 feet long. In your case, the snow is much heavier than mine so just take your time, smaller shovels full, etc. I suspect you will be fine.


Mar 02, 2024 4:35 pm

Holy moly, I never shovel snow. My wife does it. She also does all the gardening and yard care. I cook the meals. She's a great wife.


Mar 02, 2024 4:49 pm
Reply to slimwhitehicks

Does she have a sister or two single? 😉

Mar 02, 2024 4:51 pm
Reply to AlexT

True that! Who shovels anymore?

Mar 02, 2024 4:53 pm
Reply to SallyK

They have various width sizes. The snowblowers come small and large. Don't hurt yourself like that shoveling.

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