Setting Goals After Ostomy Surgery
Wednesday January 31, 2018
Linda Pasto, RN
In the weeks, months, and even years following ostomy surgery, you may find that your recovery timeline may not move as fast as you had hoped. For some, getting back into the swing of things can move
In the weeks, months, and even years following ostomy surgery, you may find that your recovery timeline may not move as fast as you had hoped. For some, getting back into the swing of things can move more quickly than for others. Everyone’s ostomy journey is unique.
For Linda Pasto, living with an ostomy since 2008, she had always dreamed of completing a 5K race at Disney World. Nine years post-surgery, she finally got the courage to sign up to run the Disney Princess 5K in February 2017 with her granddaughter, Savana.
“To be able to complete this race with my granddaughter, Savanna, was a dream come true. I never thought I would be able to enjoy my grandkids when I was sick.”
Linda crossed the finish line hand-in-hand with Savanna and tears in her eyes.
Here are a few tips for setting goals for resuming physical activity post-surgery:
- Start slowly and go at your own pace. Maybe your first goal is simply running a favored errand on your own.
- If you exercise, your abdominal muscles will need some time to heal from your surgery. Your healthcare professional can tell you when and how to start exercising again.
- Choose an activity you enjoy and that fits into your schedule at least three times a week, for a minimum of 30-60 minutes per session.
- For the best experience, empty your pouch before you are active. Also, ensure your wafer has been on for at least an hour prior to getting wet or beginning any activity that will cause you to perspire.
- Celebrate your accomplishments no matter how big or small.
Do you have other questions about resuming activity post-surgery? Call the me+ team today at 1-800-422-8811 or send them an email, firstname.lastname@example.org.