Aside from the physiological aspects, a patient’s perception of themselves along with acceptance is definitely a challenge. For many ostomates, a lack of guidance in dealing with this can cause a lot of problems, especially depression and withdrawal socially.
Patients that have to face the challenge of getting skills to live with the altered body and experience in this transition can struggle. It might cause issues such as fear, anguish, sadness, and a feeling of helplessness, including feelings of mutilation, loss of health, and self-esteem, and of course, chronic uselessness, along with other emotions. These changes can also cause insecurity and rejection. There are many negative aspects that come with this, and it’s up to patients to figure out the best way to handle these. We’ll discuss how to work on ostomy acceptance, so you’ll be able to live with this, without the issue and trauma of this.
The cause of the ostomy can oftentimes be a reason why many people struggle with this. A lack of preoperative preparation, and of course control and care afterwards can oftentimes cause issues in adjustment. Sometimes, fi the family support is compromised when the injury is caused by deviant behavior, that also can cause a lot of trauma for the ostomate as well.
Self-acceptance however needs to be learned beforehand. The chances of doing this is increased if you prepare beforehand, and you also have support after that. You should look for any help that you might need during this. You want to make sure that you have the right size for the ostomy bag, any treatment of the skin complications, any modifications of your ostomy appliance, and any appliances you might need on hand. You should definitely consider dietary consultation and emotional support too. This is hard to get for a lot of people, especially if they’re older, but it can determine the success of this type of treatment, and the overall happiness that you experience.
Before you do the surgery, you should definitely consult with your doctor and understand the changes that’ll happen, and the duration of it, especially if it’s a temporary one.
If it’s for the rest of your life, you need to see your doctor as well, so that you can get a feeling for how it’s going to change your life, and how to deal with the emotional trauma.
After surgery, you might feel depression and denial. Each person is unique though, and some people might handle it decently others, not so much. That’s why, seeing a doctor that’ll treat you with dignity is incredibly important. You should also have emotional support and stoma care training as needed. You also need to learn to accept that the stoma is a part of your life, and something used to improve your life. Sometimes getting the person to look or touch it will help, although it also could be a trigger for them too.
Finally, identifying these problems and helping to learn about this will immensely help you. It’s a bit stressful but finding the help that you can need will definitely help. A community nurse will help you achieve the most that you can. You should also consider holistic care and resources too.
Regardless, you should always understand that it’s not easy. Living with a stoma is foreign for many, and a bit scary. But, by learning exactly what goes into it will help, and you’ll be able to, with this, create the best experience that you can with this, and make it really work for you.