Unique Medical Supplies
Medical supplies are available at web sites online but simply typing “medical supplies” into the search engine might not locate what you’re needing .
For things like glucose meters, needles and syringes, and ambulatory products visit www.http://directmedicalofamerica.com . We carry specialty items for new babies, wheelchair accessories and wound care products as well. The site is well categorized and easy to navigate.
At www.directmedicalofamerica.com you’ll find unique medical supplies like lift chairs, bath safety items, skin care products, seating and cushions, as well as reading glasses
In business since 1992 this site offers supplies for daily living, such as vitamins, and also personal medical supplies such as urological devices and tracheotomy aids.
Direct Medical Supply provides a comprehensive line of adult and pediatric home medical equipment and respiratory services.
- Medical equipment and supplies
- Home Oxygen/Respiratory equipment
- Clinical respiratory services
- General services
- Sleep suite
When you spend a lot of time sitting down – whether you are in a wheelchair or you spend your entire workday sitting in front of a computer – it can cause many complications. These include back, neck and joint pain, skin sores and trouble breathing.
By trying to use good posture, along with daily exercise, stretching and deep breathing techniques, you can have less pain, fewer skin problems and more energy. Plus, you’ll be able to breathe deeper and more easily, digest your food better and experience better blood flow.
Good Posture Checklist:
Here are some good posture rules to follow if you will be sitting down for an extended period of time. Caretakers also can follow these guidelines for the proper positioning of someone in a wheelchair.
- Head in the middle of the shoulders and not leaning to one side
- Head held up to form a straight line with the spine, with the chin pointed down a little
- Shoulders loose, arms free to move
- Chest lifted and not leaning forward
- Trunk held up, with no space between the middle of the back and the back of the chair
- Pelvis upright and level or a little forward, leaving a small space between the base of the back and the back of the chair
- Thighs and legs separated from each other
- Knees and ankles at right angles
- Feet flat on floor or footrest and pointing straight forward
To help you reach your health and diet goals, here are a few guidelines to keep in mind.
#1 Drink Water!
Drinking more water will keep your body hydrated and your digestive system functioning well. With an ostomy, your body doesn’t absorb as much water, so it’s especially important that you drink at least 6-8 cups of water daily. To avoid empty calories make water your drink of choice versus sodas and other high-calorie beverages.
#2 Schedule Eating
Try to eat meals at the same time each day. By sticking to a schedule you’ll be able to manage your output better. You might also consider eating several small meals throughout the day instead of the traditional three meals. More frequent meals can help you minimize gas while regulating output.
#3 Keep chewing
Take time to chew your food thoroughly. Breaking food down into small pieces as you chew aids in digestion and makes it easier for the output to pass through your stoma. Keep in mind that hard to chew foods such as celery, broccoli and pineapple can cause blockages.
High fiber foods have complex carbohydrates, which take longer for your body to digest. They also contain compounds that your body can’t break down, so your output will probably be bulkier and may even cause some discomfort. Some people with ostomies find that eating too much fiber leads to bloating while too little can cause constipation.
#5 Go skinless
Consider removing the skins on some fruits and vegetables before eating to avoid potential blockages and other digestive issues. Again, each person is different so you may find that certain fruit peels don’t affect your stoma at all, while others do.
#6 Do Not Overeat
Eating too much will likely result in increased output, not to mention causing indigestion, bloating and excess gas. Try keeping your portion sizes in check by serving food on salad plates instead of larger, dinner-sized plates and reviewing food labels to figure out the right serving size.
#7 Keep A Log
Keep a log of the foods that you eat for a week. Record the time and amount you ate. At the end of the week review your entries to figure out your own eating habits and how you can improve. For example, if every day at 3 p.m. you reach for a cookie, maybe you need to plan for your craving and have a healthy alternative on hand. This log can also guide you to avoid certain foods that might cause constipation, diarrhea or gas.
*After ostomy surgery, your doctor may put you on a special diet and then have you gradually reintroduce foods to minimize digestion problems. Talk to your health care provider if you have any questions or concerns about your diet.*