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President’s message: November 2020

 HOWDY EVERYONE.  HAPPY FALL. HOPE THIS FINDS EVERYONE WELL.

 Because we aren’t meeting virtually until January, I am sending a president’s message with some articles or helpful information attached.  This is similar to our newsletter and I will be sending it to everyone.

That being said, even though we are not meeting at Porter’s at this time, we are still in need of yearly dues which are $30. Please note, we are a FREE support group, but in order to continue be a working support group we depend on donations and dues.  When you pay dues, you are entitled to receive the newsletter and participate in being a certified visitor (after training) and give presentations to CU nursing students or any other groups that would like us to.

It is that time of year for dues to be paid.  Please send to Jay Boscoe at 11631 Colony Loop. Parker, CO 80138. Please make checks out to “The Ostomy Association of Metro Denver Inc.” Thank you all for your support.

 We will resume our virtual support group meetings in January.  I am happy to announce that I may actually have it figured out.  PHEW. As we get closer to the meetings, I will send instructions as to how to sign in. I ask that you still be patient with me as we get everyone into a meeting.

 In the meantime, remember that YOU ARE NOT ALONE!  The help line, (303) 377-4878 is still checked every day and return calls are made within 24-48 hours.  We will get you in touch with someone to talk to. We are here to give support and give information.  WE ARE NOT MEDICALLY TRAINED AND DO NOT GIVE MEDICAL ADVICE.    

 I miss seeing everyone and think of everyone often. I hope everyone is staying healthy and holding up as best as you can.  We do definitely encourage everyone to wear masks, wash hands and participate in social distancing per CDC recommendations.

 I HAVE FOUND SOME AWESOME PLACES TO GET MEDICAL SUPPORT. SEE FOLLOWING INFORMATION.

UOAA (The Ostomy Association of Metro Denver, Inc) does not endorse particular products, manufacturers, or suppliers, and is not responsible for any content expressed in sponsor websites. 

A note from Eileen regarding the last President’s Message:


Unfortunately, I mistakenly failed to identify the author of an article i included in my message that was sent out...the article contained good information for our members, and I now wish to advise that it was authored by Kerri Holman BSN RN CWON. I am sorry for the exclusion, and the article follows:

  1)Telehealth in Ostomy Care

 Have you had ostomy issue during the pandemic and are too afraid to make an appointment to see an ostomy nurse? You are not alone. Millions of Americans face anxiety about seeking medical care during the COVID Pandemic, but what if there were an alternative to going into the hospital? If you could receive care via Telehealth, would you take advantage of it?

 Telemedicine (sometimes called telehealth) has emerged as an alternative option for patients and caregivers to receive and give high quality medical care in places other than a hospital environment. Telemedicine allows for phone calls and/or a video appointment on your electronic device in the comfort of your own home.

  After You’ve Made Your Appointment,

Here’s How to Prepare for your Telehealth Video Visit:

1. Collect supplies and accessories you use or have questions about 

2. Find a quiet and private place in your home where you can speak and hear well

3. Prepare a list of questions you would like to ask your provider

4. Login to your Telehealth appointment prior to the visit to ensure your connection and username/password are working. 

    Quick Tip #1: 

 Sometimes a leak happens with your ostomy pouching system. You may need to change your ostomy appliance prior to the visit and that’s ok. If you can, get a photo or video of your issue in advance and upload your footage to your provider in a secure manner. This will give your provider insights into difficulties you may be having, and allow you to get the most out of your meeting.

 Best 20 telemedicine per Healthline

 https://www.healthline.com/health/best-telemedicine-iphone-android-apps

         2)Independent CWOCN’s (Certified Wound Ostomy Nurses)

  1)Kerri Holman RN, BSN, CWOCN

 Kerri Holman BSN, RN, CWOCN

Ostomy, LLC

www.ostomyrn.com

720-443-2128

Kerri Holman is a certified wound and ostomy nurse (CWON) in the Denver area with a passion for giving her patients their “Ah Ha” moment. Kerri has been providing ostomy care for over 5 years and practicing as a registered nurse since 2012.  After noticing that many patients had a drastic need for ostomy care after being released from the hospital, Kerri started OstomyRN, LLC to provide personalized care at home.

 Basics

Full Name

Kerri Holman RN BSN,CWOCN

Gender

Female

Experience

Registered Nurse since 2012(Craig Hospital)

Certified Wound/Ostomy Nurse (Children’s Hospital and Porter Hospital since 2015.

Sole Proprietor

Ostomy RN, LLC owner

Accepts Medicare Assignment

ACCEPTS MEDICARE AND OTHER INSURANCES:

Self-pay service, patients can use flexible spending account (FSA), health savings account (HSA), or a health reimbursement arrangement (HRA) funds to pay.

Medical Specialties

                              WOUND AND OSTOMY CARE

 Credentials

·         RN, BSN

·         CWOCN (certified wound ostomy care nurse)

Education & Training

Web WOC Metropolitan State University

Wound, Ostomy, Continence Certification

University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus-Nursing BSN (2010-2011)

 Kerri Holman BSN, RN, CWOCN

OstomyRN, LLC

www.ostomyrn.com

720-443-2128

 2) CHARLOTTE M POPOVICH ACNP (acute care nurse practitioner)

 

Charlotte M Popovich is a Nurse Practitioner Specialist in Littleton, Colorado. She graduated with honors in 2012. Having more than 8 years of diverse experiences, especially in NURSE PRACTITIONER, Charlotte M Popovich affiliates with no hospital, cooperates with many other doctors and specialists in medical group Ragsdale Health Services LLC. Call Charlotte M Popovich on phone number (303) 916-3939 for more information and advice or to book an appointment.

Basics

Full Name

Charlotte M Popovich

Gender

Female

Experience

8+ years of diverse experiences

Sole Proprietor

Yes - She owns an unincorporated business by herself.

Accepts Medicare Assignment

She does accept the payment amount Medicare approves and not to bill you for more than the Medicare deductible and coinsurance.

Medical Specialties

·         NURSE PRACTITIONER

Credentials

·         ACNP

·         CWOCN (certified wound ostomy care nurse)

Education & Training

·         Charlotte M Popovich attended to a university and then graduated in 2012

Contact #(303) 916-3939

3)Mobile Urgent Cares

 1)DISPATCH HEALTH

https://www.centura.org

 WE’RE READY TO TREAT YOU IN THE COMFORT OF HOME.

We arrive at your home with all the equipment needed to treat common to complex injuries and illnesses.

 Conditions we treat:

Dispatch Health’s qualified practitioners provide in-home urgent treatment for a wide array of medical conditions. We cater to just about everyone, from babies ages three months and older to seniors, and are at work 365 days a year to meet the medical needs of busy people like you.  Plus, we accept most major health insurances and offer sensible self-pay rates.

Our process is simple-just request care over the phone or via our app or website if you or a loved one is feeling under the weather.  Our friendly associates will ask a few questions about your symptoms and promptly send a team of qualified medical practitioners, including a nurse practitioner or physician assistant and an EMT level trained Dispatch Health medical technician, to your home. We can treat nearly everything that an emergency room can, and help patients manage the side effects of complex conditions. However, in the event that you think your injury or illness may be life-or limb threatening, call 911 immediately.

Learn a little more about the conditions and symptoms we treat.

 Anxiety

Asthma Attacks

Back, Neck & Joint Pain

Bed Sores& Pressure Ulcers

Boils& Abscesses

Bronchitis

Catheter Problems & Malfunctions

Crohn’s Disease Exacerbations

Congestive heart failure (CHF) Exacerbations

COPD Exacerbations

Coronavirus

Cuts & Lacerations that require stitches

Dehydration

Diarrhea

Diverticulitis

Dizziness & Vertigo

Edema (Fluid Buildup)

Excessive Vomiting

Eye Infections & Injuries

Flu (Influenza)

Food Poisoning

Head injuries

Heart Palpitations

High Fevers

Inability to urinate

Infected wounds & ulcers

Injuries Resulting from Falls

Kidney Stones (With known history)

Minor Fractures: Sprains, Strains & Bruises

Nosebleeds

Pneumonia

Severe Constipation

Severe Cough & Croup

Severe Migraines

Severe skin Infections (Including Cellulitis)

Shingles

Shortness of breath

Sinus Infections

Strep Throat

Upper Respiratory Infections

Urinary Tract Infections (UTI)


I hope this you find this information helpful.

I will add more support resources as it becomes available to me.

 

UOAA (United Ostomy Association of America- the Ostomy Association of Metro of Denver Inc) does not endorse particular products, manufacturers, or suppliers, and is not responsible for any content expressed in sponsor websites. 

 Eileen Goldberg RN

President

Ostomy Association of Metro Denver, Inc

303-489-0636

ejgoldberg@comcast.net



 Why come to a meeting?

Quotes from members-

“From the first meeting I went to before my surgery I have been so blessed to meet such open, honest and caring people. People who I can share my worries, concerns & triumphs of my ostomy. I can't imagine going through this journey without all of them. One can't possibly go to a meeting and feel like you don't fit in. Not only does it feel good to go and get advice, but I think it feels even better to go and give to someone just starting out on the journey.”

Tracey Sloan (member)



"One of the most important things that helped me was the magazine for ostomates called The Phoenix, (I was sent home from the hospital with an issue, but too afraid to even open the folder that would tell me of ‘all’ the things that, at that time, were disgusting to me). I didn’t open that folder for over a month after my surgery. When I did open it and begin to read ‘everything’ that was in it, I couldn’t stop, I couldn’t believe all this information was written down, and much of it was exactly what I was feeling! I read that issue of The Phoenix from cover to cover, and then went online to the UOAA. So much information was available to me! I called the local support group, and talked to Steve Johnson, (the President) who took at least 45 minutes of his precious time to talk and share with me. He, too, had a colostomy. Hearing him talk openly of something I was so ashamed of was very comforting. He encouraged me to attend a meeting, and meet others who have also been there and who are currently there. The support group was invaluable to me!

Debbie Conway (member) See her entire article

Several years ago, during a visit with my physician, he asked me, “What kind of exercise are you getting?”  I said, “I’m playing on a softball team for guys 45 and over.”  To which he replied, “Softball!  That’s not exercise….that’s’ a social event!”  I couldn’t really argue with him and we both chuckled about it.  Not long after this humorous exchange with my doctor, I came down with a very nasty case of Ulcerative Colitis.
 
Jim Folsom article (member)  See his entire article

https://sites.google.com/site/denverostomysupp/home/eileen-s-story
Ostomy Supply Donations and Access to Supplies : 
 
We no longer accept donations or give supplies due to a lack of storage.  If you wish to donate supplies, contact Friends of Ostomates Worldwide, at

 www.fow-usa.org .  We are working out options for space at our new location.  We should have a solution within the month.

Three major manufacturers can also be contacted about their patient assistance programs.  Their numbers are:

Hollister  888-740-8999

Convatec 800-422-8811

Coloplast 800-788-0293 Ext 7800

Upcoming Events (see schedule below):

 

Monthly meetings: 
No meeting held in December. Next meeting is held on the 4th Tuesday of the month, 7pm to 9pm @ Porter Adventist Hospital, Twin Peaks Room. See address link and below for more details. (Not Held in July, August or December) See dates and topics below.
 

Questions:303-489-0636

Next General Meeting:

NO MEETING UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE DUE TO COVID


Meetings are held at Porter Adventist  Hospital  On the second floor -the original room is Twin Peaks but has changed monthly due to construction. 2525 S Downing Denver, CO
 Check this site or call 303-377-4878 (listen to message) for any meeting cancellations due to weather

Help Line:  303-377-4878
If you need help with your ostomy or more information about our support group, please call 303-377-4878 and leave a message. One of our volunteers will be in contact with you.
 
       
No Meeting in July or August or December!

Current Officers and Board member are listed below.

President; Eileen Goldberg

Vice President; Sam Swears

Treasurer; Jay Boscoe

Secretary; Tracey Sloan

Past-President; Karen Quinlisk

 

Board members;
Charlotte Popovich
Sue Jacoby
John Vasu
Patty Smith
Maureen Williams


 
Subpages (1): Eileen's Story