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Emergency Preparedness for Ostomates

Posted by mild_mannered_super_hero, on Sat Jul 16, 2016 10:03 pm
Gileo wrote:

I am purchasing extra ostomy supplies every month.  I expect civil unrest and interruption of supply for most goods that are delivered JIT.  I expect this here in the US, but can see it in the EU and GB with the refugee invasion.

THERE IS ONLY 3 days inventory of food on the store shelves.

like the Boy Scouts....always be prepare.

very wise, i too wouldnt be surprised to see some civil unrest especially in larger cities. thankfully i am in a rural area  and am pretty self sufficent. i would advise some     
means of protecting what you have, imagine what people will do after that 3 day food supply runs out !!

Reply by Primeboy, on Sun Jul 17, 2016 2:03 am

Hi Gerald. Your advice is well taken. Over the years I have scrimped on my ostomy supplies in anticipation of a day when the federal well runs dry. My monthly allocation of federally funded supplies allows me to change every 2 days, but my real needs is actually every 4 days. I am able to build a stash while helping out some folks who need a little help with an extra bag or flange. I have always feared that hard times are coming and I want to be in a position to do some good. Several years ago, just before Hurricane Sandy in Jersey, I walked the aisles of supermarkets and saw empty shelves. No Bread, no milk, no staples. Anything can happen to disrupt the harmony of a world we take for granted. Sure Ostomates will be inconveneinced with the absense of supples, but so many others with basis necessities. Readiness is all, said Shakespeare. Let's just hope what we want to make available can be made available without hesitation. Resources should be identified and delivered wihout fanfare to the needy. Maybe in our zeal to benefit humanity, we could inventory our resources and make them available for the general good. I would love to share my bags, flanges, strips, powder, etc., with any poor bloke who needs help.

Reply by mild_mannered_super_hero, on Sun Jul 17, 2016 7:05 am
Primeboy wrote:

 Several years ago, just before Hurricane Sandy in Jersey, I walked the aisles of supermarkets and saw empty shelves. No Bread, no milk, no staples. Anything can happen to disrupt the harmony of a world we take for granted. Sure Ostomates will be inconveneinced with the absense of supples, but so many others with basis necessities. Readiness is all, said Shakespeare. Let's just hope what we want to make available can be made available without hesitation. 


john, your good character, as always is shining through. i think 95% of people would share and pool resorces for the common good of mankind. however we must not forget that other 5%. i have an image burned into my mind from the rodney king riots back in the 1990`s, that image is of miles of burned out buildings ......the only thing not destroyed was the few places that contained "good guys" that had the forethought to arm them selves and were willing to defend what was theirs, in that sea of destruction a very few "islands". not a pleasent thought, but still a reality. be well my friend.

Reply by Bettyjoe, on Sun Jul 17, 2016 9:51 am

Hello I often wonbder, what willl happen if such does really happen.  I do hope that you guys are fine and that you do not run out of supplies.  Keeping a reserveis a good idea for self and others.  Its scarey.

Reply by Emra, on Sun Jul 17, 2016 12:30 pm

I am new to all of this - my emergent colostomy was on 4/28 of this year.  Whilst I have insurance coverage there was  a problem with the osotomy supply order being filled.  In one sense that was good because the flange/pouch I was using turned out to not be the right fit.  Once we found the right fit and I was again waiting for my supplies thorugh my approved vendor, I ended up ordering from Stoma Bag dot com a one month's supply of everything I need.  That is my back up.  I know that others cannot afford to do that and some folks do not even have coverage so....

When my reversal is done, I will be giving my surgeon all of the unopened supplies I have on hand.  He had asked if I would consider as some of his patients do not have insurance coverage.  I didn't given it a second thought.  I remember seeing a poster once that said "don't repay kindness, pass it on." 

Reply by Bettyjoe, on Sun Jul 17, 2016 3:32 pm

that is so wondeful.  Good for you.  I cant imagine how those patients feel.  I am want tot start ieeigatingmfor several resons, but specific to less maintenance witht the pouches.  Good luck on your reveral.  I have a permanent cplostomy. 

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