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Need help with an Ostomy problem or need supplier info?

This page is devoted primarily to persons with an ostomy, ostomate caregivers or a soon to be ostomate. Persons who have ostomies (yes, some people are blessed with more than one) are referred to as ostomates in just about every piece of literature that you can find. So instead of creating another characterization for someone with an ostomy, we'll use ostomate.
My take on where this word came from is that because a person with an ostomy is mated to his/her appliance therefore he/she is referred to as an ostomate! If anyone else can come up with a better story, let's hear it. Now, for anyone, I mean anyone, that has a comment, idea, suggestion, hint or tip that would like to share with others, please feel free to send it to me. I am very thick skinned and can take constructive criticism even on my worst day. It should also be understood that when any of us started dealing with an ostomy we were all novices. This is not something that is taught in school as a life preparation subject.

Advertising space on this page is free to approved vendors and organizations, an ad or logo requires support of the newsletter. Space is allocated on first come, first served. Meaning = order of suppliers on this page is not an endorsement. it means they just got here first or their ad is in the appropriate area !

 

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Click on a topic and you will be taken to that section

Free or Low Cost Supplies

Appliances

Appliance Maintenance

Before & After Surgery

Doctor's and ET's

First Things First

Got A Tip?

Insurance & Medicare

Medications and General Health

Odor & Gas

Still got questions?

Traveling?

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WHO AM I?

 

First a little background. My name is Mike, am 61 years old, married to Shirley, have three kids and six grandchildren. Currently retired on disability (not due to my ostomy), like to fish and am pretty active around the 50 acres we have. I became an ostomate in February of 1998 due to rectal cancer and have a colostomy. OK, that's my resume', let's get going! Oh yea, I am not as good a speller as my mother would like, if you see an error, be kind and let me know.

Edgepark Surgical - Mail order company for Ostomy, diabetic and other medical supplies. 1-800-321-0591

 

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  • The first tip that I have for you is:
     

    AARP Pharmacy Services - Mail order company for Ostomy, Incontinence, Home Care and Skin Care products. 1-800-284-4788

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    THOSE DARN DOCTORS AND PRETTY NURSES

     

  • Next lets talk quickly about doctors and ET's:
      Hollister - Innovations in Ostomy, Wound Care and Incontinence. Ostomy equipment and supplies.

    American Ostomy Supply - Mail order company. Ostomy and related products. 1-800-858-5858

     

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    GETTING READY AND RECOVERING FROM SURGERY

     

  • Before and after surgery:
      Ostomy Village 1-877-616-6786. People, products and possibilities. Advertised as a "comprehensive online store".

    Nu-Hope Laboratories 1-818-899-7711. One piece skin barrier pouches.

     

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    TYPES OF APPLIANCES

     

  • Appliances, this is going to be pretty long so hold on:
     

    ConvaTec Making a difference in people's lives. Ostomy equipment and supplies.
     

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    ON THE ROAD?

     


     

  • Traveling? Always bring along an extra bag for your new friend:
      VPI - Makers of non-adhesive colostomy and ileostomy systems. 1-800-843-4851
     

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    WHO DID THAT??

     

  • Odor and gas:
     

    The Osto-EZ-Vent™ attaches to any manufacturers pouch and bonds permanently. Designed for  convenience and simplicity, gives user control, releasing air before problems can occurWater does not effect the use of the Osto-EZ-Vent™       Medicare Reimbursable, A4366

    Visit their website or call 1-888-562-8802.


    Marlen Manufacturing - One piece convex disposable system for colostomies and ileostomies.

     

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    PILL POPPING

     

  • Medications and general health:
      The Parthenon Company - Makers of Devrom, the chewable internal odor tablet and Devko an external deodorant. Also for Ostomy supplies 1-800-453-8898

     

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    WHAT DOES THIS THING DO?

     

    Appliance maintenance:
     

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    I AM FROM THE GOVERNMENT, AND I AM HERE TO HELP YOU!!##@@!!

     

    Boy, you talk about a mess! Getting private insurance or Medicare to pay what they are supposed to pay is sometimes a nightmare. This part of the webpage is probably going to be the hardest to write and the most trouble to keep up to date. I promise to do my best.