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      • (Virtual) May 10th, 2022 07:00 PM Pacific Time
        • Zoom Meeting. For more information please contact support@svosg.org or call (408) 365-4452
        • With COVID-19 health measures currently in place, meetings are virtual until further notice. In-person meetings will be re-visited as an option in 2021.

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What Happened at our April 12th Virtual Meeting

The April 12th meeting was called to order at 7:02 pm on Zoom by Crystal. 19 people were in attendance for the meeting.  

Tonight, we were joined with Sherri Gordon, Senior Ostomy Territory Specialist 

And Jill, RN, BSN, CWON from ConvaTec.  Jill described to us the elements of the ConvaTec Me+ fitness program and led us through some of the elements in the Phase 1 & 2 parts of a program developed for new ostomates. I am going to try to get a copy of their program, but Jill informed us that there are several ways you can use this program right now.

•On You Tube – search for ConvaTec Me+ Phases (1-2-3)

•https://Me plus.convatec.com/articles/meplus-recovery-green-phase1-videos/

(Thanks Raji)

•https://meplus.convatec.com 

We welcomed Michael B. to our group tonight. He is a new ostomate and like all of us, is going through the trials and tribulations. Glad you have joined with us.

UOAA’s 8th National Conference-Postponed – Due to the continued concerns with COVID-19 and its variants, and for the health and safety of our conference attendees, UOAA’s 8th National Conference has been postponed until August of 2023. More information regarding our 2023 plans will be provided at a later date.

Planned 2022 Schedule of Zoom meetings:

April-12, May-10, June-14, July-12, August-9, September-13, October-11, November 8,  December-13  –      7:00 PM PDT

Join Us on Zoom:   Michael Gerald, PhD will be our key note speaker in May. 

Michael Gerald PhD, LCMHC, LMHC (Iowa), CRC | Assistant Professor | Rehabilitation Counseling
Utah State University
Department of Special Education and Rehabilitation Counseling 

Absolutely! The camp that I volunteer for is the Youth Rally, which is an annual camp for adolescents with bowel and/or bladder dysfunction. Here is the website: https://youthrally.org/

This year we will be meeting virtually again (due to the COVID variant), but we typically meet in Boulder, CO, Seattle, WA, or San Diego, CA.

The meeting was adjourned at 8:37 pm by Crystal.  

Regards, Dave Bunger, Silicon Valley Ostomy Support Group Secretary.      

What Happened at our March 8th Virtual Meeting

The March 8th meeting was called to order at 7:08 pm on Zoom by Crystal. 16 people were in attendance for the meeting.  

This evening we were joined by Deanna Anderson, who is a Somatic Movement Specialist. She led us in a series of exercises to develop 

My Happy Healthy Pelvic Floor

A strong flexible pelvic floor and surrounding muscles support and help maintain healthy digestive organs.

In our 20 – minute session we will learn fun, easy, and enjoyable movements to improve our awareness of our pelvic floor. We will gently strengthen and tone the important muscles of support. We will learn how good breathing improves our well – being giving us a glow from the inside out. A few of the exercises will be done standing, but most exercises we will do seated in a chair. You will also need a hand towel which we will use for some of the chair movements.

I am thrilled to share with you this fun and meaningful healthy movement session.

Deanna Anderson

Somatic Movement Therapist/Educator RST/E

Performing & Teaching artist @ www.StorytellerProject.org

Thanks to Susan for giving us tax information for anyone that is planning to go to the 2023 National UOAA conference.

https://www.irs.gov/publications/p502#en_US_2021_publink1000178980

Thanks to Dan, a new member for this information.

Are registration and lodging expenses I incur attending a convention, seminar, or trade show deductible?  – The registration and lodging expenses you incur attending a convention, seminar, or trade show are generally 100% deductible as long as the event you attend provides, maintains, or improves the skills related to your trade or business.

Keep in mind however that conferences you attend for political investment or personal purposes are not deductible expenses.

Are transportation taxes deductible? If you travel to a conference in the U.S.  your transportation (airfare or car), meals (50%), single hotel room and other business expenses incurred at your conference would generally be considered deductible. If you take a personal trip and happened to attend a conference or event while away, you can only deduct the conference fee and other business-related expenses you incurred while at your destination.   

UOAA’s 8th National Conference-Postponed – Due to the continued concerns with COVID-19 and its variants, and for the health and safety of our conference attendees, UOAA’s 8th National Conference has been postponed until August of 2023. More information regarding our 2023 plans will be provided at a later date.

The meeting was adjourned at 8:25 pm by Crystal.  

Regards, Dave Bunger, Silicon Valley Ostomy Support Group Secretary.     

What Happened at our February 8th Virtual Meeting

The February 8th meeting was called to order at 7:03 pm on Zoom by Jennifer. 15 people were in attendance for the meeting.  

Our planned speaker had to spend some time in the hospital and was not able to join us for the evening.

Jennifer started the meeting by letting us know that UOAA had sent their annual package to see how many people are in our group. That package will be taken to Annette so she can write the check to UOAA. Which brought up the need to talk about our annual dues. We voted on this several years ago and came up with $20.00 annual dues. 

Our meeting was a chance to ask questions and listen to suggestions from the group. People mentioned issues with leakage and what they did to fix the problem. 

Crystal also mentioned that Professor Vivian Wong, CSUSJ is asking for volunteers from our group for a presentation to the WOCN Program at San Jose State. This is slated for Sunday, March 13, 2022, from 10:00 to 12:30. We need a person with a Colostomy, Ileostomy and a Urostomy to attend. Parking passes are supplied and lunch is served. Based on comments received, this is a nice event to attend. Nurses in the program learn a great deal from asking questions. Please let Crystal or Dave know if you can join this event.

Michael Gerald, Asst. Professor at Utah State will join us May 10th.

Also, both Sherri and Cyndi from 180 Medical and ConvaTec will be joining us twice later in the year. 

UOAA’s 8th National Conference-Postponed

Due to the continued concerns with COVID-19 and its variants, and for the health and safety of our conference attendees, UOAA’s 8th National Conference has been postponed until August of 2023. More information regarding our 2023 plans will be provided at a later date. 

The meeting was adjourned at 8:10 pm by Jennifer.  

Regards, Dave Bunger, Silicon Valley Ostomy Support Group Secretary.    

What Happened at our January 11th Virtual Meeting

The January 11th meeting was called to order at 7:09 pm on Zoom by Crystal. 16 people were in attendance for the meeting.  

Crystal started the meeting by going round robin to the group. Each member shared how the new year started, problems they had encountered and, in some cases, the solutions they discovered. 

Raji and Jane suggested a couple of items they had found to be helpful. I have added these to our minutes as items that you might find helpful.  

Immunity wellness drink –  In a cast iron pan, take carom seeds (ajwain), black pepper, turmeric powder, and grated ginger.  Once slightly toasted add 1 cup of water and bring it to a boil.  Add a little palm sugar.  Filter it and give it a dash of lemon juice. Drink this immunity boost wellness drink on an empty stomach first thing in the morning for at least 10 days. It cleanses the gut and helps with building immunity. 

Can be used in the night: Warm milk, pinch of turmeric powder and freshly ground black pepper powder with honey — have nightly for good sleep and cold/cough.

One was a laxative that is all natural.  Equal parts of Apple Sauce, Wheat Bran and Prune Juice. 2 tablespoons daily as needed.  You can buy bran at a health food store or buy it in a cereal at a grocery store. 

If you have ideas that you would like to share, please send them to me and I will add them to our minutes.

Crystal also mentioned that Professor Vivian Wong, CSUSJ is asking for volunteers from our group for a presentation to the WOCN Program at San Jose State. This is slated for Sunday, March 13, 2022, from 10:00 to 12:30. We need a person with a Colostomy, Ileostomy and a Urostomy to attend. Parking passes are supplied and lunch is served. Based on comments received, this is a nice event to attend. Nurses in the program learn a great deal from asking questions. Please let Crystal or Dave know if you can join this event.

Alyssa will be our speaker for the February 8th meeting. She is going to speak about PTSD and Depression. 

Michael Gerald, Asst. Professor at Utah State will join us May 10th.

We are going to work on having Stealth Belt join our meeting.

Also, both Sherri and Cyndi from 180 Medical and ConvaTec will be joining us later in the year. 

The Silicon Valley Ostomy Support Group after voting, donated $250.00 to the UOAA inaugural Educational Award for Ostomy Care Nurse Certification. 

The UOAA 2022 Annual Conference is slated for the Royal Sonesta Houston Galleria, 2222 West Loop South, Houston, Texas 77027, August 11 to August 13, 2022.

For those who are interested in going, you might find the following interesting. As a member/volunteer of the Silicon Valley Ostomy Support Group, a 501 C3, organization, if you decide to go, this can be a tax write off. I was told that if you itemize your taxes, then you can write it off. Please double check with your tax advisor if you decide to go.

Planned 2022 Schedule of Zoom meetings:

Jan -11,  Feb -8,  Mar- 8,  April-12,  May-10, June-14, July-12, August-9, September-13, October-11, November 8,  December-13  –  

The meeting was adjourned at 8:18 pm by Crystal.  

Regards, Dave Bunger, Silicon Valley Ostomy Support Group Secretary.