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Need your input on the acceptability of posting a medical device ible Answered

 I am a new member but an old reader.  If websites were worlds Instructables would be my home planet.

I have plans for ibles that center around stuff I make for my small farm and old house; my kid calls it The Things My Mother Finds In Other's People's Trash.  No problem there.  My editor (I do a little no-big-deal writing) told me I should make an ible about ostomy care as it's something I deal with daily since I underwent a total colectomy and nephrectomy from cancer.  By the way, if anybody happens to post an ible for a replacement kidney...

 I wanted to post some ibles about different ways to cut the wafers, the part the pouch attaches to, to accomodate different body types, how to make the process so simple you can take care of it in a few seconds with a bit of privacy, how to easily and thoroughly empty the pouch, which for ileostomy patients is a 12 or more times a day;  modify underwear instead of buying special $55 a pair "ostomy wear" and most important, how to CLEAN AND REUSE those pouches that come twenty to a box (that's a MONTHS supply), cost over $100 after insurance, and are supposed to be worn DIRTY and then thrown away in the vast sea of plastic, a biohazard and a weight on the earth.

I realized that although my ideas are kind of no-brainer simple, the subject might attract really brilliant people who could offer better ideas and designs.  Before I went forward with my postings though I wanted to check with you all and ensure that the subject matter would not be so gross or offensive to the community that it caused a problem.  I'm so conflicted about it myself except when I get mad about it that I didn't feel I could trust my judgement.

I really appreciate you taking the time to read my long ramble here and any advice you would like to render.

Thank you so much!


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Toga_Dan

3 years ago

https://m.instructables.com/id/Keep-Coyotes-Out-of-the-Yard/ Another "ewwseful" instructable to inspire posting and disinhibit excessive self censorship.

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Brooklyntonia

3 years ago

Do it! Someone, if not loads of people, will thank you for it.

I personally wouldn't be grossed out by anything you mentioned. However, if you could substitute actual urine with pretty colored water for your photos, you'd turn an otherwise "gross" image into an attractive one while still illustrating your idea. If you have any experience with photo editors like Adobe Photoshop, you might also be able to just change the color after the photos were taken.

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Toga_Dan

3 years ago

if it is useful, and has a eeew factor, useful outweighs ew, any day.

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caitlinsdad

3 years ago

We quoteth Kiteman's Zeroth Law "Thou Shalt Post."

This is the world's biggest show and tell. If you've got something to share, share it. I believe there is a category for life hacks and anything you may be passionate about is fair game for an ible.

I guess the only hints I have for broaching such a topic is maybe put a warning in your intro of any graphic pictures to be shown in later steps. Maybe use illustrations instead of real images. This is the internet so it is hard to gauge what kind of reaction it may have. I would venture to say there may be some heated discussion that may evolve from medical professionals and non medical professionals. Tell your story on what you have found that works. We're all here to learn. Good luck.

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Moemcaitlinsdad

Reply 3 years ago

I have to second caitlinsdad's thoughtful response.

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Kitemancaitlinsdad

Reply 3 years ago

Absolutely.

Your idea is an excellent example of Making helping make the world a better place.

(PS Check your inbox.)