One Man’s Quest To Improve The Lives Of Ostomy Patients
A few years ago I injured myself and developed peritonitis. The result was an operation, intensive care, and a colostomy bag.
On the first day in the hospital with my colostomy bag, the nurse came in and said “I am going to empty your colostomy bag for you.” She took my bag, opened the bottom, and using her hands and fingers squeezed the bag, “milking” the contents into a bowl. She then cleaned the colostomy bag, closed it, and left. I thought to myself, “Wow, she must have been in a hurry, because in this day and age they surely don’t clean colostomy bags that way every time!”
That evening she came back and said, “It’s time to clean your bag” and did it the same way again, using her hands and fingers. I asked her, “That’s not the way it is cleaned all the time, is it?” She said “Yes, that is the way it’s always been done”. I said, “There must be another way” and she replied, “I am not aware of any other way”.
When I got home I immediately got on the internet and started my search for another, better way to clean my colostomy bag. I didn’t find one! So I reluctantly did like everyone else and cleaned my bag the same way.
I soon discovered that my life was being restricted by the demands of my colostomy bag. I feared venturing too far from my home due to the unpredictability of the bag filling up unexpectedly. What if I could not find a suitable place to take care of it? So I usually stayed close to home, avoiding any potential situation that might be embarrassing to me, those I was with, and even strangers.
Though my colostomy was eventually reversed, I thought about the challenges I faced as an ostomy patient a lot over the next few years and eventually came up with The Traveler - a port-a-potty for ostomates that can easily go with you almost anywhere.
I designed the Traveler to permit anyone with an ostomy, when finding themselves facing an “urgent situation” away from home, to safely, sanitarily, and discreetly take care and dispose of the whole issue from almost anywhere. I am proud to say that it does just that, exceptionally well.
Soon after, I designed the “S.O.S.” - my solution for significantly improving day-to-day pouch emptying from home. It also works extremely well, and makes dealing with your pouch much easier every single time you need to do so.
Since inventing my products, I have dedicated most of my time to sharing them with as many ostomy patients and medical professionals as possible. I’m really not in it for the money like most companies are. I do what I do because I want to help make life a little better for as many people as possible. That’s my personal quest.
I would be honored if you would join me in my mission by either trying one of my products yourself if you have an ostomy, or helping spread the word to those that do.
For more information feel free to visit my website at https://SanitaryOstomySystem.com
With much appreciation,
Founder of Sanitary Ostomy Systems, Inc