Category Archives: Health & Beauty

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(Pic of me proving that preggos can still have fun at 37 weeks… kinda) Here they are folks!! Nobody asked for them, but here they are!!! Woot woot! Baby girl is almost here… 11 Weeks!!! 28 Weeks! 32 Weeks!! 33 Weeks! 35 Weeks!! 38 Weeks!!

The Obligatory Preggo Pics


Posted on July 7, 2015 by

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Bowel Obstructions… just the thought of them inspires giggles of joy and uncontrollable maniacal fits of smiling!! To quote the eloquent Cher Horowitz “As if!!!” I have had two bowel obstructions during the past ten months: a full bowel obstruction (miserable experience) and a partial bowel obstruction (not terrible experience). Let me begin by saying I have had four abdominal surgeries in the form of […]

Bowel obstructions & the joy of an NG tube (the aftermath of abdominal surgery due to ulcerative colitis)


Posted on August 27, 2014 by

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Life with a j-pouch is a real pain in the #$%. Literally. Sometimes I feel that the world needs to balance things for me by, for instance, making me an instant millionaire or something. But knowing my luck, it would end up biting me in the rear anyway… Best Life Tip: Sometimes you just have to laugh at your misfortunes

The Universe is a Funny Bitch


Posted on May 7, 2014 by

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I like the closure on this bag.  The bag has a velcro closure that you then roll up further and tuck into the sleeve of the bag where there is a second velcro closure.  I feel like it is more secure than the Hollister bag I reviewed. This is a one-piece bag.  I don’t like that you can’t see your stoma when applying the bag. […]

Ostomy life: coloplast bag review


Posted on March 1, 2014 by

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I have had my (second) ileostomy for almost three weeks, and I am trying out products to see which is the best for me.  Convatec is out because I have sensitive skin and their products made my skin boil.  So, this week I have been using a Hollister light convexity bag.  It is a two part system with Hollisters “floating flange” and velcro sealed bag […]

Ostomy life: hollister bag review


Posted on August 9, 2013 by

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About three years ago I was diagnosed with severe ulcerative colitis, and about two weeks ago I had surgery which left me with a temporary ileostomy.  This is actually my second temporary ileostomy, I got my first less than two years ago as a result of ulcerative colitis.  My first surgery was an ileostomy in August 2011 to remove my colon which, as my doctor […]

My story: my second ostomy


Posted on August 9, 2013 by

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Sunscreen has been in the news quite a bit this year because of new FDA regulations 1.  Sunscreen manufacturers will be required to identify the type of rays that are being blocked, and how water resistant the formula is.  The regulations are not in effect yet, but they highlight an important topic: sunscreens are not created equal.  It would be nice to be able to […]

Screening your Sunscreen: sunscreens are not created equal


Posted on August 11, 2012 by

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This is the story of my battle with ulcerative colitis. Journal entry from early 2011:  “It is your first year of marriage.  You imagine how happy you are going to be starting your life together.  It sounds silly but I was looking forward to learning how to cook him dinner, dressing prettily and flirting with him, arranging fresh flowers on the dining table, entertaining, laughing, […]

My Story – Part One


Posted on August 4, 2012 by

Problem: your ear piercing gets swollen and infected whenever you wear earrings.  Tip:  Each time before you put in your earrings, dip the post in neosporin!  My friend Erica told me about this trick and it works so well.  I actually wear earrings now! Problem: you are leaving the house and notice a small run in your stockings.  Tip: Change stockings   If you don’t […]

Easy Home Remedies & Quick Fixes


Posted on July 22, 2012 by