I’m Not Complaining, But Sometimes I Wonder…
I’ve had an ostomy for 10 years now. When I was told I’d have to have one due to colon cancer I had the normal, “Well that sounds pretty terrible” reaction. It was hard to imagine ever returning to normal life with part of my bowel poking out of me and a pouch hanging off my abdomen.
But, as is often the case, I discovered that life does go on. That having an ostomy is not really a big deal unless I make it a big deal. Before too long most things were nearly back to normal…relationships, work, travel, exercise including marathons and the Ironman.
Basically an ostomy is a medical technology that fixes a defect. I wear glasses too…another thing that fixes a medical defect. And that got me thinking about the “coolness” rankings of medical technology.
Let’s keep it simple and rate just three devices:
Ostomy - Uncool. OK, let’s face it, decidedly not cool. No need to be ashamed of it but don’t expect any compliments.
Glasses - Depends. There was a time when wearing glasses was not cool at all…back in the day when you had your choice of either black or brown plastic frames. Now, of course, glasses are a fashion accessory. So I would say glasses are fashionable, but not especially cool.
Artificial Leg - Cool. Yes, a shame you lost your leg but that carbon fiber blade is a real conversation starter. Oh, and it may actually let you run faster? The main benefit of my ostomy is that I can poop in a meeting without having to leave the conference room.
So, while I’m grateful to my ostomy for saving my life, I must admit that I sometimes whisper: “But why couldn’t you be just a little cooler?”