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Ostomy Supplies – Do You Have All You Need in an Emergency?

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The recent Icelandic volcano eruption has disrupted air travel for many days, and at this point there’s no end in sight to the disruptions that this natural disaster has caused. What does this have to do with ostomy supplies, you might ask? Well, the fact that air travel is so easily disrupted by a single natural disaster shows just how connected our modern world is. Events on one side of the world can cause chaos on the other side, famines, and disorder in supply lines. Just look at the effect of this year’s earthquake on the country of Haiti. It will be years before that poor place will enjoy a semblance of normalcy. Even though you may not live in a part of the world prone to earthquakes, or tornadoes, floods, wildfires, hurricanes, or other natural disasters, hiccups in the supply chain can occur anywhere. If you have an ostomy condition that requires you to wear colostomy bag, I’ll bet you don’t want to run out of any of the supplies that you use daily.

Fortunately, with the advent of the Internet, it’s possible to order all the ostomy supplies you need on a regular basis and have them delivered to your home. But, suppose there’s a strike by UPS workers, or cargo pilots and you can’t get your order delivered to you? Because your health and continued well-being are too important to take chances with, you need to be sure that you always have an adequate supply of everything that you need, just in case you can’t get them through your regular channels. That’s the thing about any medical condition that’s permanent. You have to deal with it every day. As long as you live, it’s going to be there. Just like a diabetic needs regular doses of insulin, someone who’s undergone an ostomy will need colostomy bags and the other accessories that come with one.

While it’s good to have the peace of mind from knowing that you have all the medical supplies that you need, there are other advantages to planning ahead with regularly scheduled orders. For instance, if you’re placing a regular order month after month, you should be able to get a discount. If you’re not, then you need to shop around and find another supplier for the things that you order every month or two weeks, or however often you choose to schedule your deliveries. Just because you have a chronic medical condition, it doesn’t mean that you have to be taken advantage of.

Do your research and try to find the best source of medical supplies you can find, whether it’s a local store with good prices and friendly service, or an online company that specializes in the products you need and can supply them cheaper than any storefront because they deal in such huge volumes of merchandise. While it’s nice to have the personal touch with local business that you’ve established a relationship with, there’s also something to be said for getting the biggest bang for your buck.

If you have had a colostomy operation that requires you to wear a colostomy bag most of the time, just think of all the bags and other supplies you’ll go through in your, hopefully, long and busy life. Over the course of a lifetime, even a modest savings on supplies can wind up saving you a bundle. Of course, even if you’re trying to save money, always go for the best products. Where your health is concerned, it just doesn’t make sense to skimp on necessities. So make sure that you have plenty of ostomy supplies, just don’t pay too much for them. Shop smart and plan ahead.

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Source by Andy West

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