Many people with disabilities eventually end up getting either a colostomy or a urostomy.
—I ended up getting both.
While I was in the hospital, recovering from my urostomy surgery, the wound care nurse came in and asked me if I had named my newly installed urostomy yet.
“I didn’t know I was supposed to.”
“You haven’t named your colostomy yet either”?
“You need to name both of them. That’s what the others do.”
So, I figured I would name my colostomy and urostomy. I put a lot of thought into it too.
I thought about their characteristics.
- They’re right beside each other, so they must be friends.
- I’m a guy, so they should have guy names.
- They get on my nerves.
- They never act right.
- They make noise at the most inopportune times.
- They get me into a lot of trouble…
So, after figuring out their characteristics, I thought, “what two male friends in history have these traits.”
Then it came to me.
“Lenny” and “Squiggy.”