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« on: December 12, 2008 10:25:05 PM »

 My friend has Chron's Disease pretty severely. She has to have a colostomy put in this January, and since I'm a nurse, I've dealt with a lot of patients with this at work. I figured, I could make her a teddy bear, with it's very own colostomy bag, to take into surgery with her, and maybe make it a little less scary.

Here is the bear with it's night gown on.

Here is the bear with its own plushy colostomy. (The bear did well with it's surgery!)

Here is a closeup of the bag side of the appliance.

The two halves attached.

Here's the wafer side, with the bear's stoma.

Here are the two halves together.

I gave it to her this evening, and she loved it. She's going to take it in on her surgery day. (I'll go too, but the bear is definitely the hero here!)

I made the actual bag out of nylon skin toned material that you usually use to make slips out of. I used iron on interfacing on the back (inside of bag) to get it to feel the right way. It moves and feels almost like a real plastic colostomy bag. I used a small round Glad plastic tupperware style container, that I cut and sewed to each side. On the skin side, I used a piece of felt to mimic the sticky wafer, and red sweatshirt material to mimic a stoma.

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« Reply #1 on: December 12, 2008 11:54:52 PM »

This has gotta be the most creative pre-op gift I've seen! I love the idea and thought you put into it. I hope your friend fares well in surgery.  Smiley

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« Reply #2 on: December 12, 2008 11:56:17 PM »

that is awesome! I wonder if I can convince one of my mates to make me one day (hopefully Ill never need it) Chrons is scary and teddys are not  Cheesy awesome


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« Reply #3 on: December 13, 2008 12:18:43 AM »

That's really cool, in a sort of scary, medical way.  You're a really awesome friend.

I hope everything goes well and your friend feels better soon.

« Reply #4 on: December 13, 2008 04:49:53 AM »

This is a great gift and you are a great friend!
Good idea with using the glad container.
Good luck to your friend and I hope she feels better soon.
« Reply #5 on: December 13, 2008 04:59:07 AM »

What a thoughtful and creative gift!
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« Reply #6 on: December 13, 2008 05:02:02 AM »

That was the sweetest thing ever.  I misted all up.  How perfect and thoughtful and...everything!  My thoughts will go out to your friend.  I hope she recovers quickly - especially with her "hero."

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« Reply #7 on: December 13, 2008 06:04:17 AM »

You are sooooo wonderful!!!!!!
Between the coolness of the bear and the fact she has such a GREAT friend - I know she will do okay!!!!
You really ought to sell these - it is FABULOUS!!!!  And adorable!!!! It would help people so much!!!!

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« Reply #8 on: December 13, 2008 07:48:31 AM »

Can I just as someone living with chron's this is such a thoughtful idea and a great way to support her during this hard time. I'm sure she'll appreciate it and I bet she's probably really thankful to have a friend like you. You did a really great job!
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« Reply #9 on: December 13, 2008 07:56:39 AM »

Very thoughtful and a wonderful way to help take the scary out of sugery!

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