I’m having one of those days.
I’m struggling for clothes that fit comfortably around my stoma. I seem to either end up wearing clothes that make me look like a miniature tent or end up sitting uncomfortably in my favourite skinny jeans secretly undoing the top bottom to relieve the pressure off my annoying front butt.
But what to do?
My APR surgery in April pulled my stoma from its neat out-of-the-way left side position into the centre of my body and it’s causing me great jeans angst. Not exactly the worst of my problems you may think. BUT it’s an annoying one all the same.
General advice seems to relegate me to a life of leggings and long baggy tops but I don’t want to give up just yet. Don’t get me wrong, it is a tried, trusted and comfortable combination but being only 4 ft 11 and 6 stone, aesthetics wise it’s just not the best. On the jeans issue, it has been suggested that I wear maternity jeans. This both horrifies and depresses me in equal quantities. Don’t get me started on high-waisted jeans either, they just squish everything wrong.
Dresses look better but I have this insane fear of my bag falling off and dropping to the ground, where as at least trousers hold it in. I’ve tried support tops to conceal my bag…yes they do conceal it but they also stop it from functioning and this has led me to some potentially messy situations.
Maybe I should take a leaf out of Homer Simpson’s book and just wear a poncho and be done with it…then again?
Any advice would be greatly appreciated!