Diseases Process

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Instructed patient caregiver when you should call the doctor cramps lasting more than 2 or 3 hours continuous nausea and vomiting, no ostomy output for 4 to 6 hours with cramping and nausea.

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Instructed patient caregiver Loss of appetite, drowsiness, and leg cramps may be signs of sodium loss. Fatigue, muscle weakness, and shortness of breath may be signs of potassium loss. Dehydration, low sodium, and low potassium can all be dangerous and should be treated right away. Call your doctor or 911 right away if you are dizzy, weak, or having other serious symptoms.

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Instructed patient caregiver avoid dehydration, you should try to drink 8 to 10 eight-ounce glasses of fluid a day. If you have diarrhea, you may need more. Drinks such as Gatorade®, PowerAde, or Pedialyte contain potassium and sodium. But any liquid containing water (soda, milk, juice, tea, etc.) helps to meet your daily need for fluid.

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Instructed patient caregiver dehydration is also a serious concern. Symptoms include increased thirst, dry mouth, decreased urine output, feeling light-headed, and feeling tired. If you get dehydrated, you’ll need to drink more fluids.

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Instructed patient caregiver If you keep having pain and cramping with no output from your stoma for more than 2 hours, 
and you can’t reach your doctor or ostomy nurse, go to the emergency room. Take all your ostomy supplies with you.


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Instructed patient/caregiver about some things you can do to help move things through your ostomy: do not take laxative.

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Instructed patient/caregiver about some things you can do to help move things through your ostomy: Sometimes changing 
your position, such as drawing your knees up to your chest, may help move along the food in your gut.

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Instructed patient/caregiver about some things you can do to help move things through your ostomy: Take a warm bath to 
relax your abdominal muscles, fluids can be taken if there is some stool output: solid foods should be avoided.

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Instructed patient/caregiver about some things you can do to help move things through your ostomy: Watch for swelling of 
the stoma and adjust the opening of the wafer as needed until the swelling goes down.

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Instructed caregiver many factors, such as foods, normal bacteria in your intestine, illness, certain medicines, and 
vitamins can cause odor some foods can produce odor: eggs, cabbage, cheese, cucumber, onion, garlic, fish, dairy foods,
 and coffee are among them. If you find that certain foods bother you, avoid them.