December Newsletter 2016

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Charlotte County Ostomy Support Group

a 501 (C) (3) Nonprofit Corporation (tax deductible donations)


 President:  Jerry Downs……. 629-7568…………

Vice Pres…Bonnie Coker       423-8542            Directors Jan Doner 941-914-6296

Secretary:  Lovelle Meester….637-8167                  Lorelie Godbout:… 603-474-9063

Treasurer:  Karen Chalfant:.…623-0088                  Joan Huber………941-.575-8708


Newsletter:              Gloria Patmore RNET (Retired) & Karen Chalfant

Programs & Education: Jerry Downs, Penny Maki, RNET,CWS, 205-2620

Gloria Patmore RNET(Retired) 627-9077

Nancy Frank RN,BSN,CWOCN, 629-5118,

Jill Lindsay, RN,BSN,CWOCN,629-1181

Visitation:     Penny Maki RNET, CWS & Nancy Frank BSN,CWOCN

Library:         Karen Chalfant

Products        Bonnie Coker

 Professional Advisor
John P. Rioux, MD, F.A.C.S.   Penny Maki, RN,ET.CWS.   Jill Lindsay, RN,BSN,CWOCN

   Nancy Frank, RN,BSN,CWOCN

Next Meeting:

Tuesday, December 13th, 2016Image result for christmas presents clip art png

Twelve Noon

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1451 Tamiami Trail, Punta Gorda

Program: Christmas Party: cost $11 all inclusive

elfGift Exchange: Bring an unwrapped gift

(can be a white elephant)

December newsletter for Charlotte County Ostomy Support Group

Four new people attended the November meeting :
Steven Craig has an ileostomy. He was the winner of a large pizza from the Port Charlotte Pizza hut.
Jack Van Dorn has a urostomy MaryAnn Wehrle has an ileostomy She also was a chance gift winner of a $25 gift certificate from the Ichaban Steak House Marie Rutherford has a colostomy. Her daughter Pat Krzywick attended with her, and she too was a winner in our chance drawing of a $25 gift certificate from Beef O’Brady in Punta Gorda. It is most unusual to have 3 out of four winners be first attendees. The fourth winner was Stan Meester of a $25 gift certificate from the Sunset Grill. There was a total of 26 attending the meeting.

141830580-retired_nurse_greeting_cardToday was very special as we honored Penny Maki, RNET,CWS.

After many years of service to Ostomates both in and out of the hospital, Penny has retired. Fortunately she isn’t retiring from US! Hopefully she will be able to attend our meetings each month. A beautiful sheet cake was donated from South Port Square to add that something special! Ms. Maki has helped many of you through the years and given many educational programs for nurses in the effort to enhance ostomy care. She has been a tremendous asset to all of us.

Marie Michel RN,CWCA,CHRN,OMS has been awarded her scholarship of $1500. She has completed her ostomy care course and passed her certification exams. She was unable to make our meeting since needs of the patients always come first. Jill Lindsey RN, BSN, WOCN will be working part time with her and hopefully this will give her the time to come to our meetings.

Our speaker today was Theresa Roberson, Clinical Dietitian here at South Port Square.

She gave her presentation with a great sense of humor. Her pictures throughout her hand out were able to put her point across with a smile such as a picture of a skunk when talking about foods that cause odor. If you missed the meeting don’t hesitate to look for a copy when you attend the meeting in January.

She stated it is important to know your weight before undergoing surgery. Dosage of certain medications are sometimes adjusted to your weight. Proper nutrition is accomplished by eating a variety of foods. Following surgery new foods should be added gradually. If you add one new food every three to four days you can determine the effect on your ostomy management. Eat at regular intervals.

If you have had an ileostomy done to correct ulcerative colitis, you will find that resuming a diet as high in calories that you consumed prior to your surgery may cause an alarming weight gain. You will need to adjust your intake because of the change.The opening in an Ileostomy is smaller than that in a colostomy, and certain foods can cause a blockage to occur. Foods to be very careful about, (and possibly avoid) are Dried fruit, (raisinsapricots, prunes), Coconut, Raw pineapple, Nuts and seeds, Popcorn, Vegetable skins, Salad greens, Celery, Chinese vegetables, Corn, Coleslaw, Mushrooms, Peas, and Relishes.

Foods that may cause gas Beer (Ed note: When my husband was told by the allergist that he was allergic to beer and wine, he said that was “bees and wire!”) May cause gas: Broccoli, Brussel Sprouts, Cabbage/Sauerkraut, Cauliflower, Carbonated beverages, Cucumbers, Dried beans, Peas, Legumes, Melons, onions, Sweet potatoes, and Turkey. Well here we have thanksgiving and Christmas. Face the fact that the turkey and the sweet potatoes and onions are on this list.Drinking through a straw causes gas because you are pulling the air out of the straw each time you take a sip. It’s better to drink from the glass. Talking while you eat also causes you swallow air. Eat slowly and chew well.

Foods that may cause odor:Asparagus, Broccoli, Brussel Sprouts, Cabbage, Cauliflower, Eggs, Fish, Garlic, Onion. Spicy Foods, baked beans, Strong Cheese.Her advice about meal sizes: “Eat like a king for breakfast, a queen for lunch, and a pauper for dinner.” If you have difficulty with eating, three small meals plus three small snacks might work better for you.Diarrhea: Loose stools may be caused by: Beer/alcohol, broccoli, chocolate, baked beans, licorice, prune juice, soup, dried beans, heavily spiced foods, very large meals, hot beverages, and grape juice.Foods that help thicken loose stools include:

Aged Cheese, Applesauce, Bananas, Marshmallows, Pasta, Potato without skin, Smooth PeanutButter, Tapioca, White Rice and Yogurt Foods that reduce odor are Buttermilk and Yogurt

If you have a Urostomy the increased odor you might have in your output can come from the following:

Asparagus, Onions, Garlic, and fish.To decrease the odor in your urine drink eight to ten glasses of water, cranberry juice or other non-caffeinated beverages daily For everyone it is important to drink enough fluid since your body is 60% water, 20% fat, and 20% minerals.


If you are having problems with Constipation try: Increasing fluid intake. Drink more water, tea, juice, or coffee. Drink 8-10 glasses daily. Include more fresh fruits and vegetables, and whole grain cereals such as bran flakes, or oatmeal and whole wheat bread. Other food and drink found to help are: coffee, chocolate, licorice, prune juice, lemon juice.

Increasing your activity can help too.

From my files Unfit exercises

These activities often use the body energy unproductively. If you engage in any of these activities, think about saving some of the wasted energy for a more healthy activity.

  1. Jumping to conclusions
  2. Pushing your luck
  3. Beating your head against the wall
  4. Making mountains out of molehills
  5. Fishing for compliments
  6. Dragging your heels,
  7. Adding fuel to the fire
  8. Throwing your weight around
  9. Dodging responsibility

Commandments for new ostomates

  1. ar134101090493087Thou shalt not take out your feelings of anger and frustration on thy spouse or significant other or family.
  2. Thou shalt not demand special consideration. Thy ostomy doth not make an invalid or render thee disabled.
  3. Thou shall remember to use deodorizer in the bathroom after thou has emptied thy pouch.
  4. Remember thy family needs your love and devotion just as thee needs theirs.
  5. Honor thy ET/WOCN she is your friend in need.
  6. Thou shall not be ashamed of thy ostomy; it may have saved your life.
  7. Thou shall be ready at all times to help others as others have helped thee.
  8. Thou shall not feel sorry for thy self, instead thou shall give thanks for a new lease on life.
  9. Thou shall remember at all times that thy partner in life suffers with thee and thou shalt not add to their suffering.

Above all thou shall give thanks for a new life and freedom from pain.

(By Ron Bartlett, Halton-Peel)


See you at the Christmas party in the Golden Corral at noon on December 13th. Bring an unwrapped gift. It can be a white elephant, or something you just want to share with a friend in our group. It is a busy time of the year so come and relax at out party.

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