For the second straight year, Dr. Salisz, StomaCloak, and I will be riding, virtually, along with the Drive for Men’s Health Team. This year, Drs. Jamin Brahmbhatt and Sijo Parekattil will drive an all-electric powered TESLA from Florida to New York, and then across America to Los Angeles. Along the way, they will be making nearly 60 stops to recharge and use the restroom.
All of us need to pull over and use the facilities, from time to time, when driving. Patients with an ostomy, or ostomates, are no different. I asked a variety of ostomates, from around the world, for their advice on how to manage bathroom breaks while driving.
Advice from Across the Pond
Lorna Haymes and Michael Seres are both ostomates who live in the United Kingdom. Lorna is one of the founders of the GetYourBellyOut. She also has her own blog and shared these recommendations via Twitter:
— Lorna (@lornamary_1981) June 12, 2015
Michael is a bowel transplant recipient, ostomate, speaker, blogger and Co-Founder of 11Heath. Michael added this additional thought:
Recommendations from “Up North”
— VeganOstomy (@VeganOstomy) June 13, 2015
Closer to Home
Participating in the Drive for Men’s Health is something Dr. Salisz and I now look forward to every year. We hope you find these suggestions helpful during your travels. Closer to home, we recommend that you check out the Muskegon Ostomy Association, or visit the United Ostomy Associations of America website, for other great resources and tips on living with an ostomy.