Getting Out There with an Ostomy, Part 2!
I love the letters and emails I get from customers who finally feel like they can do what they've been wanting to do. Playing golf, playing with their child or grandkid, working in the garden, going back to work, playing sports, riding a horse, going on a roller coaster, taking a long road trip, first plane ride since ostomy surgery, etc just to name a few examples. The StomaShield stoma guard not only protects the stoma, it gives people CONFIDENCE! Trust me, I know how nerve wracking it can be to live with an ostomy. I've had an ileostomy since 2009, that's over 9 years. That's why I made a better stoma guard. To give me confidence, originally. Then started making it for others back in 2013. What a ride it's been since then!
For the first time in months I was able to get out and play some golf with my friends. Wow it was nice to get out! The StomaShield performed flawlessly as usual. Had no problem playing 18 holes with a belt securing my shorts over my StomaShield. Even though my ostomy bag started filling up quickly, the StomaShield provided security and support just like an ostomy belt. It holds down the top of the bag around the wafer, keeping it in place, even while it's full and heavy. Nothing worse than walking around, let alone swinging a golf club, with a full ostomy bag swinging around without support. The StomaShield does it all. I had protection, bag support, and able to wear clothes I wouldn't be able to wear
The StomaShield truly is a 3-in-1 device that you can wear all day and night. Whether you are out playing golf or just trying to get to the store around the corner, the StomaShield is there for you.
Get out there and do what you've been wanting to do.
Drop me an email through the website if you have any good stories or testimonials about your experience with the StomaShield.
Getting out there with an Ostomy!
Wherever you live, take advantage of the opportunities around you. Even with an Ostomy. For me, living close to the Gulf of Mexico, my friends and I love to fish. Whether its on a dock in a bay, river, offshore on a boat, or simply wading out into the surf and casting a line. That's what we did over the weekend. We got there before sunrise, walked out into the shallow sea, stand on a high spot/sandbar among the surf and see what happens.
However, with an Ostomy, the waves crashing into your stoma without protection is not comfortable at all. Waves are heavy and relentless, especially for 4 hours like we did. Without my StomaShield stoma guard protecting me, it simply wouldn't be fun (or safe) to take a pounding from the surf every few seconds, all morning long. I ended up having a blast and catching a few speckled trout with my friends. The StomaShield is quick drying, even after being submerged for 4 hours, just by blotting with a dry towel on the belt and padding. After getting home and showering, I was ready to go out and spend time with my family. Easy. Love how low maintenance the StomaShield is!
The StomaShield, made by StomaGear.com, offers so much versatility. I cannot imagine living without it. If you get a chance to read some of our Testimonials on our Testimonial page, you will see I am not the only one who benefits from the StomaShield stoma guard. Young and old, active and sedentary, everyone with an ostomy finds a benefit to protecting their stoma so they can live their life to the fullest!
Finally getting back to normal around here
Life still happens if you have an ostomy or not. The flooding rain from Hurricane Harvey flooded our home and corporate office on August 29, 2017. Getting a boat ride from your front door with your family and a backpack is a surreal experience. See picture here of the rescue crew getting ready to pick us up. Thankfully StomaGear manufacturing facility is a few hours north of us and wasn't affected at all. So the business didn't skip a beat for new orders.
Fast forward and we finally moved back in to our home last month in May 2018. My wife and I did a lot of the remodeling work ourselves, so it took a little longer than the pros. But its worth it. We were able to fix things up the way we always dreamed about. Just some improvements to make the home work better for us.
Home remodeling is tough work. Even a small project. But doing any home improvement task with a ostomy bag can be daunting. There is no way I could have not injured myself without my stoma guard, the StomaShield. Just simply leaning on a ladder the wrong way, or picking up a heavy box against your abdomen, is frustrating (or painful) without a stoma guard. That's why I always keep my stoma guard on, day and night. Because you never know when you will need stoma protection. Take care of your stoma the right way and you will never have to worry about it!
It's so nice to be home now and getting back to normal. It was quite a journey to get back here. Thankfully most of the stuff we lost in the flood was just that, stuff. It all can be replaced. More importantly our family is fine. That is what's truly irreplaceable.
Stoma Guard Tips and Tricks
The stoma guard made by StomaGear is extremely useful for anyone living with an ostomy. We have 1000's of customers around the world who believe the StomaShield stoma guard is indispensable to them for living with an ostomy. See their Testimonials here. Out of all the stoma guards in the market, the StomaShield has the most features. Some may not be immediately obvious. Here are a few tips and tricks to help improve your quality of life with an ostomy:
Ever had your shirt get in the way while draining or changing your bag? Tired of holding your shirt under your chin? With the StomaShield's elastic belt, simply scoot the belt and shield above your appliance and tuck in your shirt under the belt while you drain or change your bag. Finally, hands (and chin) free!
Tired of that ruffling noise your bag makes while walking around? Fold down top of bag under StomaShield for more discreetness under shirt.
Ever been driving, had your bag fill up above your seat belt and find yourself shuffling around trying to push your output down and under it? If you were to suddenly stop while driving, what would happen to you stoma unprotected? Whether your on a short trip or long road journeys the StomaShield stoma guard made by StomaGear solves a number of these issues (seat belt protection, drainage under clothes and seat belt, etc). Be free to do what you want, when you want. My wife and I went on a 2 week, 4,000 mile road trip in Spring of 2016 without any issues to my stoma, thanks to the StomaShield.
Plan on flying with an Ostomy bag? Worried about the seat belt? The StomaShield is impact resistant plastic, not metal like other stoma guards on the market. Which only sets of the metal detectors at airports and other venues with metal detectors (sporting events, concerts, government buildings, etc). Flying is not difficult at all, even with the TSA. I use to fly every week for months in a previous job, with an ostomy bag! First thing to do if you can is drain your bag in the restroom before getting in the security line. The x-ray machine picks up liquids and only raises more questions. But don't worry if you can't. Right before you step into the x-ray machine at an airport, tell the TSA agent that you have an ostomy bag. They say no problem, just proceed with an x-ray and get your fingers wiped and analyzed. They sometimes ask just to quickly pat down your bag (while your clothed) to make sure you're not hiding anything in there. It's quick and painless and not embarrassing in my opinion. From my experience, it only takes about 1 minute longer than normal. The key is to be open and transparent with the TSA agent. They will guide you along. They seem to be much better trained about ostomy bags than they were 5+ years ago. So get out and fly, whether for business or pleasure!
Around kids or pets? Find yourself covering your stoma with one hand, and wrestling a pet or child in the other? Free your hands with the StomaShield stoma guard and play like with kids or pets just like you did before your ostomy. Our stoma guard protects your stoma from any impact big or small. Keep both hands free and don't worry about your stoma anymore.
You asked, we listened. New and improved belt for the StomaShield is here!
One of the biggest requests we hear at StomaGear is asking if we have a wider belt. I've actually been on the hunt since late 2015 to solve this very issue. After tons of research and testing existing materials, I learned there is nothing commercially available (off the shelf) that has all the characteristics I would want. So it had to be custom made for our application. What I thought I was asking for was simple: elastic, soft, adjustable with velcro, silicone grip strip, latex free, then sewn through a simple triglide ring. After talking with several medical grade manufacturers, I found one that could do it all. That was 7-8 months ago. That's how long it took to get here. Getting a large manufacturer's attention requires a large, no huge, minimum order. These kind of decisions can be quite risky for a small business. However, I was confident that this is what I want, and more importantly what the customer wants. I've been testing prototypes of this very belt for several months now. I'm really excited to bring this to our past and future customers. Yep, you heard that right, this will work perfectly with nearly all previous generations of the StomaShield going back almost 3 years. As long as it has a 2" wide belt slots in the shield, this new belt will work great and be a tremendous upgrade. We start shipping the new belt with all new orders immediately. So we hope you check it out and give it a try. We still stand by our 30 day money back guarantee.
For new customers, check it out at www.stomagear.com
For returning customers wanting to upgrade, check it out here: https://www.stomagear.com/products/optional-accessories-extra-belt-for-stomashield-belt-only
As seen in the Phoenix Magazine...
It's been quite a journey. I decided to share my personal story with the Phoenix Magazine and they put it on the front cover. What an honor!
If you are a subscriber, check out the March 2015 issue or online at http://www.phoenixuoaa.org/
Don't let an ostomy get you down. You can do anything with an ostomy. Make today better than yesterday. Tomorrow will be even better.