Tight Curves with an Ostomy
I will admit the title seems a bit controversial because it could go so many ways. But I think most will be pleasantly surprised when I tell them that this is about motorcycle riding with an Ostomy. No I am really not that Harley Davidson kind of guy. Instead I am more of an intellectual who simply likes to be outside and rip up the road on occasion. Oh and yes I have a Stoma. I don't pretend that motorcycle riding gives my personality any extra boost, but I will say that I do get a psychological boost out of riding. For me it is a wonderful break from regular life and allows me to focus on things very intently. Ostomy care is also a part of what is needed when riding, but I find that for me I just keep a few ostomy care items in my saddlebags and I am completely good to go.
No I never had an issue with riding with a stoma and actually found out that I get a few advantages from riding. Well first of all I don't have to worry about bathroom breaks nearly as much as before. This is because well my bladder isn't being shaken around whilst full. I will also admit that I picked a motorcycle that does not vibrate as much as say a Harley Davidson either. I prefer class when it comes to my motorcycles and a bike that is literally made to shake is honestly just poor engineering. I prefer a bike that is smooth and also has a more standard ride position.
This ride position is more straight up and down and is more similar to sitting in a char than leaning back or leaning forward. For this I prefer BMW and Honda Motorcycles. They ride smooth and many versions sit up a bit straighter than other brands. This allows me to not be shaking my stoma around and keeps it from being leaned on too much and keeps sealing issues to a minimum. So that is why I chose to ride with these kinds of bikes.
It also allows me to have more control over the types of trips I do. Since I am more comfortable I am able to go longer and ride harder. Which by harder I mean I can be in the higher revs on my motorcycle and be able to move faster and more nimbly. This to me is so much fun and I can then do curvy roads much more easily. So get out, have fun and ride with your stoma or not!
Some Facts About Colostomy
An ostomy surgery aimed at creating an opening in the colon and diverting that opening through the abdominal wall to form a stoma is called a colostomy. This stoma allows waste to fall into an external bag. Several diseases can result in a person requiring bypassing or removal of the rectum. So, the doctor decides to give the patient a stoma before removing or bypassing the diseased part of the colon.
If your bowel needs some time to heal, you do part of the colon out of function. After the healing is complete, the colostomy can be reversed with the help of another surgical procedure. This reversal restores the bowel’s normal function.
There are some cases in which the rectum requires permanent removal. The resulting colostomy in such cases is permanent. Reasons for colostomy include Cancer, diverticulitis, imperforate anus, Hirschsprung’s disease, and trauma.
How to take care of the colostomy
The most convenient way to manage a colostomy is to wear an ostomy bag. This bag fits around the stoma and forms a seal with the peristomal skin through a wafer or skin barrier. Based on your specific requirements, you can either choose a disposable bag or a reusable pouch. Ideally, you need to ask your doctor about the type of pouching system that is useful for you.
Another way to manage your colostomy is stoma irrigation. For this, you are going to have to learn to respond to your bowel movements. After taking note of the bowel movements, you can schedule stoma irrigation daily. Again, your doctor or ostomy care nurse is the best source of information regarding whether or not you are eligible for stoma irrigation.
Living with a colostomy
An ileostomy involves the surgical creation of an opening in the ileum. This open end of the ileum is brought out through the abdominal wall, creating a stoma that allows waste to leave the body and fall into an ostomy bag connected to the skin around the stoma.
An ileostomy can be both temporary and permanent. Your doctor may opt to give you an ileostomy to allow your colon to heal. A typical example of this is colorectal cancer surgery, which results in a significant weakening of colon. You are going to have to undergo another surgery to reverse your ileostomy.
In some cases, the doctor may recommend the removal of your colon entirely. Possible reasons for a permanent ileostomy include Crohn’s disease, cancers, colonic dysmotility, ulcerative colitis, and familial polyposis.
You are going to have to wear an ostomy bag to manage your ileostomy. Manufacturers of ostomy supplies have made remarkable advances that tend to make ostomy management significantly easier for ostomates. Access to detailed information about the benefits and limitations of ostomy supplies can help you pick the right supplies according to your requirements. You can choose to buy these supplies from pharmacies in your locality, or you can order online to get the supplies shipped at your doorstep.
Living with an ileostomy
The good news is that an ileostomy does not mean a disability. Except for a few changes, you will be able to engage in routine activities in pretty much the same way as before surgery.