I thought I wrote about this concept before but, well, my memory is broken. Anyway, we’ve heard that suggestion and some of us live by it. Being ostomates, we need to do things we never did before and, hopefully, we’ve learned to do them a quickly, easily and as effectively as possible. We need to define “broke”. Sometimes we might accept our methods because they’re “good enough”. They might just be borderline OK but we’re content with getting to that point. Maybe we struggled long enough and we’re just happy we’ve gotten this far. Take a break. Enjoy the progress and let’s reconsider down the road. Some folks tell us they go seven to ten days between changes, never had an accident and never had recognized any odor. Certainly, they have colostomies rather than an Iliostomy or urostomy. Some might advertise they change their appliance in three minutes. Wow! “Why can’t I do that” we might think. We’ll, maybe we can. Maybe we can at least improve our situations by getting more time between changes, having fewer accidents, eliminating odors and reducing the time spent changing the appliance. If we accept where we are in this venture because it ain’t broke but it’s still a pain in the butt, maybe we should redefine “broke”. I know I suffer from the compulsion to make everything the best it can be. That could annoy the crap out of lots of folks but I have difficulty accepting stuff that’s not as good as it could be. I rationalize by thinking if Cavemen and Cavewomen used the “ain’t broke” philosophy, we would still be living in caves.
Maybe I just have too much time on my hands.