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  OUR MISSION:
The United Ostomy Association is a volunteer-based health organization  dedicated to providing education, information, support, and advocacy for people who have had or will have intestinal or urinary diversions. 

We welcome anybody who has questions about their Ostomy, causes of Ostomy surgeries, skin issues, or any other question or concern.  Ostomates come in all ages and gather together to discuss common questions and solutions. We try to have a speaker on a relevant topic, leave time for open or one-on-one confidential discussion, and enjoy refreshments and camaraderie all within a one-hour meeting. 

Whether or not you want to join officially, please feel free to attend a meeting.  For more information, contact our chapter presidents  
662-7639.
 

We meet the Last Sunday of Each Month   2:00 P.M.

   

Next Meeting
SUNDAY
November 26
2:00 P.M.

See Directions to Our Meetings


Alan and I look forward to being at this meeting and seeing you again.

If we can be of service please
give us a call us at
615 662 7639


See you at the meeting.
See President's Column for details.


Please check back to this site to see if we have a cancellation.
 
 
             
  If you have any Ostomy supplies that you are NOT using PLEASE bring them to the next meeting or call Sandy or Alan at 662-7639. We are getting a lot of calls from ostomates that have NO insurance whatsoever.

They would very much appreciate any assistance we can offer them.
 

 
 
       
  PRESIDENTS' COLUMN  top  
       
  Happy Thanksgiving!

We are so very grateful to Frank Holt for graciously agreeing to chair some of our meetings. Alan and I know that all who attend are in great hands when he is there.

We are now in the midst of the Holiday Season. And yet new ostomies are still done and each person has to learn how to deal with new challenges and find out how they will be able to overcome them. I remember that I first came to my ostomy meeting in November 2003 after I had my surgery. It was the first place I went because I felt that if something happened, at least this would be a safe place for it to happen. I met some smiling faces and was reassured that I might just be able to deal with a life with my ostomy. Thank you for giving me that chance.

Heads up - Do to the travels during the holidays of many of our members, we will not meet on the last Sunday of December.

 

More Food for Thought:

I woke up early the other morning and I had one of those unpleasant surprises, (the ones that ostomies are quite familiar with) and had to take care of it. I was able to take care of it with minimal difficulties and thought to myself that a new ostomy patient finds this quite challenging, to say the least. I talk to new ostomates out there who all share this common this feeling. We are suddenly thrust into a world most of us never thought we would find ourselves in and this surprise throws us for a loop, (at least it did me for many years).

I have now had my illeostomy for 15 years and have gotten a few changes under my belt in all of those years. I thought it might help some of you out there who are newly experiencing this change of life. "Change of life," certainly expresses our sentiments when we are faced with them. However, do not despair - it can be made less maddening if you have a few things ready to go before things happen in order to make it less difficult. I am listing a few of them here. You will certainly want to change or update these items with your own needs. Most are not terribly expensive, if you realize that you will not need them every day.

new wafer (already cut-to-fit, if needed)

new pouch - I cut out the size wafer each time I change in order to have the next one ready to be used.

plastic bag for waste

paper towels, sized appropriately to job

perineal skin cleanser (*Make sure it is one that is recommended for ostomy care). To find out, call the manufacturer of your ostomy products to make sure what they recommend.

disinfectant spray, to take care of smells & disinfecting of clothing, bedding, etc.

remover wipes

paste (if needed)

skin barrier (if needed)

stoma powder

disposable chucks - (they sell on Amazon, pretty cheaply in lots of 50, etc.). I put on floor to protect flooring & then wrape up the waste & discard.

I write this, remembering that I had most of these items on hand, but they were not all in one place & so I used to have to hunt for them. Remember, if you ever had a new baby, you never new when accidents would happen, but you always had to be prepared. Now, I have them all together in one place. And if I am in a hurry I can take care of my job then and get on with my day!
And remember, you will come up with your own list of items, as well!

Have a great new "Change of life."


See ya next Sunday! 
Sandra & Alan

The circle of giving and receiving has continued with ostomy supplies for those in need. Thank you all for your ostomy supply donations. We are doing our best to see that they are going to good homes So, thank you once more for thinking of our organization when the time comes to donate those supplies.

Healthcare is always in transition. So, have you been having trouble getting your ostomy supplies lately? If so, please give us a call to let us know what is going on with your supplies, as we have heard that some others have not been able to get theirs. Call us or come to our meetings to let us know what is going on with your own issues. We are gathering up some information so that we can give the best information about this situation.

Have you been having trouble getting your ostomy supplies lately? If so, please give us a call to let us know what is going on with your supplies, as we have heard that some others have not been able to get theirs. We are gathering up some information so that we can give the best information about this situation. If you have not had problems, please happily ignore this note.
 

   
 
 
   
  Also, I would encourage you to subscribe to the Phoenix
magazine, which is published by the United Ostomy Association of America.

If you have been to one of our meetings, you probably saw it there and I highly endorse this publication. It has some great survival stories of other ostomies, tips from nurses on how to live a greater quality of life and of course, advertising for quite a few supplies that help us to live a little easier.

You can go online and subscribe for this fine magazine
http://www.phoenixuoaa.org/.

And if you are looking for a support group in your area you can go to
http://www.ostomy.org/supportgroups
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  During the past few months, we have been busy with referrals and have donated some supplies to some who have requested them. By the way, the same goes for our members, as well. If you do not have insurance
and run out of supplies,

just give me a call at 615-662-7639 & let me know what you need & I will do my best to match them with what has been donated to us.
 
   
  Looking forward to seeing at our next meeting this Sunday -
Alan and Sandra Ashendorf
   
       
       
 

  
 

2013 OFFICERS
PRESIDENT:
Alan Ashendorf
488 Saddle Drive
Nashville, TN 37221
662-7639

VICE-PRESIDENT: Sandra Ashendorf
488 Saddle Drive
Nashville, TN 37221
662-7639
 
SECRETARY:
Rena Sawyer

TREASURER:
Steve Eisen
527 W. Hillwood
Nashville TN 37205
353-0243

 
Sandy Ashendorf, Co-President, happily passes on to Steve Eisen,
our Treasurer, a very generous and greatly appreciated contribution from Hollister.
 

THANK YOU HOLLISTER

         
  Change of Address:    Contact Steve Eisen, 353-0243 if you are changing you place of residence.  If you fail  to so this, you will not receive the Newsletter.    
  New Ostomates:     You will receive a complimentary Newsletter for 3 months post surgery.  You are encouraged to join our Chapter to receive your monthly newsletter after this introductory offer    
     Local membership only  (by email $10.00).  Mail check payable to the Nashville Ostomy Assoc. c/0 Steve Eisen, 524 W. Hillwood, Nashville , TN , 37205 .  If you are unable to pay these dues, please contact Steve at 353-0243.    
 Newsletter   You are encouraged to submit information, articles and suggestions to:  Alan or Sandra Ashendorf 488 Saddle Drive Nashville TN 37221 or Email  ostomy@total-solutions.net    
 WebMaster:    If you have anything that should appear on this site contact Alan Ashendorf     
         
     
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  The documents contained within these web pages are presented expressly for informational purposes only. In no way are any of the materials presented  here meant to be a substitute for professional medical care or attention  by a qualified practitioner, nor should they be construed as such. ALWAYS check with your doctor if you have any questions or concerns about your condition, or before starting a new program of treatment. The United Ostomy Association and operators of this website are not  responsible or liable, directly or indirectly, for ANY form of damages whatsoever resulting from the use (or misuse) of information  contained in or implied by these documents.