Monday , 24 September 2018
Rice Pasta to Save Spaghetti

Rice Pasta to Save Spaghetti

In the past, I’ve made several mentions of the impact (for me) pasta has on my BCIR gut.  So many delicious meals out there, include some form of pasta, for instance; spaghetti, lasagna, linguine, pasta salads, and let’s not forget mac and cheese!  Well to recap, anything with pasta will send my gut into full slow-mo paste mode.  I will ... Read More »

BCIR Tube Toss

BCIR Tube Toss

Last week I was trying to think of good BCIR blog post to write about that might generate some advice from other BCIR folks out there.  A good one that occurred to me, is how to get your unclean tube (catheter) from the toilet to the sink while still sitting on the throne.  You still need to clean yourself up, ... Read More »

Don’t Forget to Tell the Other Doc about your BCIR

Don’t Forget to Tell the Other Doc about your BCIR

For the past several years now, I’ve had no issues with my BCIR, and tend to forget that there are a few precautions to keep in mind.  One of these precautions is that it is critical to alert any Non-BCIR doctors of your BCIR pouch as it can look like an obstruction on an x-ray.  You wouldn’t want the medics ... Read More »

Going Strong; 17 years with the BCIR

Going Strong; 17 years with the BCIR

So I just thought I would give a 17 year follow up since I had the BCIR procedure or Barnett Continent Intestinal Reservoir.  I think it’s been 17 years, maybe a little longer; I vow to one day look up the actual date so I know for sure.  Honestly folks, I have no issues to report.  The BCIR has treated ... Read More »

How Often to Change Stoma Pad?

How Often to Change Stoma Pad?

So how often do you, as a BCIR patient, change your stoma pad/ bandage/ dressing?  Personally, I will change mine every time I use the restroom.  Whether it’s a No.1 or a No.2, I just change it out as there is almost always at least a small amount of moisture on the pad.  If the pad is even slightly wet, ... Read More »

Pouchitis:  Quick Tips

Pouchitis: Quick Tips

When it comes to discussing pouchitis, I cringe a little because it is one of the few (yet sometimes common), annoying and often painful issues with the BCIR.  Although my bouts with pouchitis have lessened over the years, I thought I’d list some of the signs of pouchitis in a short summary. From my experience, here is a list of ... Read More »