Ok, this is something I didn’t even consider when I was a temporary ostomate, as I refused to think about anything further than the day I was working on to save bursting into tears again. But after getting a permanent ileostomy and knowing there was no going back I started to think more about the long-term practicalities. One of these was the disposal process of the ostomy supplies. Some suppliers give you disposal bags in with your ostomy bags, I tend to save these up for holidays as they are less opaque than cheap nappy bags from the shops and I have fewer issues with a family member seeing the used bag then a room attendant. Either way, this only solved part of the problem, the bathroom bin although smelling a lot more pleasant it still filled up so fast.
If you’re a parent then this is probably common knowledge but if you’re like me, and not a parent yet, then it may not have entered your mind. Which is why I love support groups, it’s a way to share commonalities and learn tricks that may work for you that you hadn’t even thought of. This is how I found this solution a lovely couple in one of my support group suggested it. They use a nappy disposal bin, they are made to hold huge quantities of diapers while containing the related odours. Perfect for the disposal ostomy supplies. There are plenty of brands you could choose from both in-store and online. I, however, love the convenience of getting things delivered to my door, so for your convenience, I have supplied the links* to a similar type to the one I use, including refill cartridges. For me, one cartridge lasts good two-three months, in that time I have to empty it into the council bin, once a month.
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I aim to have this as a regular segment, so if you have any suggestions on topics you would like covered in “Things I Wish I Knew Back Then…”, let me know in the comments section below.