I don’t know why all the people getting a variety of ostomies aren’t using this good connection. I have 2 ostomies and a Hartman’s pouch. In fact I’ve had an ostomy since age 5 ( long time ago) . Born with extrophy of bladder, ( bladder exposed on abdomen. The docs removed my bladder, and put both ureters in the sigmoid colon. So all excrement came out the rectum mixed together. Many diet restrictions ( 0 salt diet) for 69 years. My blood work was always abnormal . After my MD at KU retired, I went to Mayo and have Dr. Igor Frank, my idea of the man who has given me excellent care. I developed a perforated diverticula and abbess he told me it was necessary to get 2 ostomies. He and Dr. Heidi Nelson ( former head of colorectal surgery) did an 8 hour surgery. Now, 6 years later, my life is different and needs adjustment according to minor problems—mostly diet. I am active in community, know my limits, always prepare for emergency when out, but have learned to enjoy the pleasure of friends, walks, books and above all God. I get discouraged at times, but I’m also aging. I attend an ostomy group here at home, got to Mayo’s every August for various scopes and feel extremely well attended. Dr. Frank kept me going to the point I am longest living person in Mayo history with ureterosigmoidostomy. I think everybody with an ostomy has their own experience and tips and I would like to hear from them.