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sjlovestosing
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June 11, 2018 3:29 pm  

Thanks, Eric for the advice to both my questions.  My husband and I think that it's a good idea to put on the wafer first to make sure that it is fitting perfectly. After watching the video review of the Sensura Mio 2-piece and how it helped your stoma to heal after two weeks, the next time I change out my system I will  use just the barrier and pouch. I'll also try wetting the ring to see if it helps to attach the pouch to the barrier. (Last time I changed my system, I did apply the stoma powder and used a protective wipe as well.)

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Songbringer
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November 20, 2018 1:53 pm  

Hi Eric. Just wondering your thoughts on how well the pouch you reviewed holds up overnight? It looks really small, and for myself, as an ostomate, I fear this would blow out in the middle of the night fairly quickly.

Crohn's Disease Diagnosis/1st emergency resection during a massively widespread blackout-August 14th/2003. Ileostomy since August 2016. Cheated death twice in 2016 during a 3 month hospital stay.


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November 21, 2018 10:06 am  

Hi Songbringer,

The pouch is a "maxi" size, so it's a pretty standard size that I'm used to. Overnight, it seems fine - except - when it balloons, and this one balloons often for me. Ballooning is probably the #1 reason why I have night leaks and that hasn't happened in quite some time with the Hollister appliance I now wear.

You may want to at least give it a try, but if ballooning is a problem for you normally, then you'll want to keep an eye out on that and proactively try to mitigate it.

Just your friendly neighborhood ostomate.

~ Crohn's Disease ¦ Ileostomy ~


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November 21, 2018 12:46 pm  

Hi Eric. I am used to wearing the Sensura Magnum 24/7. I've tried pouches in the past that are deemed "maxi", and I have just laughed at what some companies deem maxi. I have no interest in emptying a pouch literally every 5 minutes, and with the ones deemed maxi, that has always been the issue when I used them. Ballooning is a HUGE factor for me. I love the Magnum, as an ostomate, because of my absurdly high output, and it's capacity, and is excellent for nighttime, but with some garments, the spout is a LITTLE too visible...especially on a woman, and has caused me embarrassment in the past. How do you recommend mitigating ballooning? Hoping it doesn't require altering pouches.

Crohn's Disease Diagnosis/1st emergency resection during a massively widespread blackout-August 14th/2003. Ileostomy since August 2016. Cheated death twice in 2016 during a 3 month hospital stay.


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VeganOstomy
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November 26, 2018 10:24 am  
Posted by: Songbringer

Hi Eric. I am used to wearing the Sensura Magnum 24/7. I've tried pouches in the past that are deemed "maxi", and I have just laughed at what some companies deem maxi.

Oh yeah, the Magnum is in a league all on its own! "Maxi" is generally used to describe what a typical ostomate might wear, but I agree that the name confuses things a lot.

There are quite a few suggestions on how to deal with Ballooning. I suggest starting here: https://www.veganostomy.ca/ostomy-pouch-ballooning/

 

Just your friendly neighborhood ostomate.

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March 12, 2019 3:23 am  

I have had my illeostomy for 1 week now and here I am at 1:15 am panicking about which brand to go with.
My main concern is that I absolutely SUCK at putting these things on. I can’t seem to get the wafers to stick very well. Immediately after I apply them, they are already falling off. I have had better luck with 2-piece bags since I am able to see what I am doing, but it’s still not great. Do you apply yours while standing up? Any tips on getting them to stick better? Thank you for this review! I really like these bags and feel pretty good about them, but I really need more knowledge on how to apply them! :(


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March 12, 2019 10:40 am  

Hi Sarah,

There are a few reasons why a wafer isn't sticking (actually, more than a few). I have an article that might help to give you some ideas on  what to check:  https://www.veganostomy.ca/ostomy-appliance-wont-stick/  

My initial suggestions would be:

  • Make sure to clean your skin using only plain water. Some soaps have moisturizers which will not allow the wafer to stick.
  • Heat up your wafer. This can be done by rubbing it between your hands while the plastic liner is still on it; using a hair dryer at a low setting; placing it under you arm or close to your skin, etc. 
  • When you apply it to your skin, take your hand and use gentle pressure on the entire wafer for at least a minute. 

Wafers use pressure and heat sensitive adhesives - if you don't apply pressure or heat (body heat is usually enough), then it doesn't have a chance to stick well. If that doesn't work, start exploring other reasons that might be impacting the adhesive.

I always apply my wafer while standing because if you are sitting or laying down and then go to stand up after applying your wafer, you may stretch the skin and cause contact dermatitis. This would be most apparent around the edges of the wafer and you may even notice bleeding there. 

Good luck!

Just your friendly neighborhood ostomate.

~ Crohn's Disease ¦ Ileostomy ~


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March 12, 2019 11:23 am  

Hi Sarah, Follow as Eric says and ye won’t go far wrong. Take your time prepare and leave and equipment handy and don’t panic. Before you know it changing will be as routine as brushing your teeth 👍

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March 12, 2019 6:07 pm  

Hello and welcome, Sarah.

You WILL get the hang of this. It is scary at first as you know. Eric's advise is right on. Just keep those things in mind. Dry area, clean and warm. Warm the wafer, and use pressure.

Once you have a good fit and get more familiar with the whole process there will be , honestly, times you forget you are wearing it.

I do my changes laying down,  with pillows at my back. Gravity seems to help and I can relax as I do it.

You might try keeping a diary of your changes, noting anything , and everything, that might be useful in the learning process. It is really hard to remember sometimes. Since you have only been at this for a week, you should also expect some changes as you heal up. Sometimes the stoma changes sizes .. just keep checking. Also, If you have access to a stoma nurse, use him or her.

Best of health. Let us know how it goes.

Onset of severe Ulcerative Colitus Oct.2012. Subtotal colectomy with illiostomy July 2015; Peristomal hernia repair ( Sugarbaker, mesh, laparoscopic) May 2017.


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March 12, 2019 9:32 pm  

Hi Sarah...welcome! Wow, you are fresh out of surgery!  Things will go much more smoothly in time. I had similar problems with sticking and I have sensitive skin. Eric is right, it is hard on the skin to apply a bag sitting down, been there, done that, learned.  So sit if you wish, until your ready to apply a new bag...then stand. Things I wish I had known ten years ago...Now, of course, we have Eric, and they have sprays. I now used the adhesive "spray" remover and a few wipes. I could tell the adhesive was all off my skin, when the wipes would slip over it a lot easier. I wipe down and rinse the skin with a clean wash cloth and only water, give it a bit of a spa time, gentle circles to massage the skin, pat or fan dry. I use a non- treated laundry soap (Tide Free). Next, I use the skin barrier "spray" and a wipe or two. Unfold them and get to the center, then fold or scrunch them a bit from there, as they seem wetter on the inside. I make sure that I take extra care to apply it around the edge of the skin by my stoma before a new bag goes on. I cover my stoma with a couple squares of 3 ply toilet paper to catch anything wanting to escape, and protect it from the sprays. I am sure they are safe on the stoma, but it is just something I prefer. I believe Eric uses gauze. Some drug stores will sell a larger unsterile (optional) pack in the first aid dept. It would be the better product vs. TP.  Spray onto a wipe to get the feel of the spray can. If you use the spray and happen to spray too much on your skin, you can use a wipe to mop up, and then fan the skin to dry, make sure you get all around the stoma and skin area. Always check that skin with a mirror.  You can touch your stoma, it is kind of hard, and you will not hurt it. Because of fatigue, I lay down after a bag change with a WARM hot water bottle, place it on a towel over my stoma and tummy area and then cover it, five mins. is good. Read for a while or rest. It always pays off for me to take this step. Also when you first apply the pouch, make sure that you fold it over away from you so you can see just where you are putting it on the skin under your stoma. Then make sure the top side of the stoma is dry, TP or the gauze, I use a Q-tip with the fuzz part spun between two fingers (ahead of time) to keep it closer to the Q-tip, then I dry the stoma and gently nudge the stoma into the hole I cut. Then as soon as it is on my tummy, I gently press around the edge of the skin several times to give it the pressure it seems to need in that area. Not hard, just gentle circles. Then I work my way out to the edges with the same pressure to the rest of it. I have just used the heat of my hand, and it does work, but it seems I need the bit of warmth and rest time before moving around with a new bag on. Recline/ to encourage anything on the way out down the bag. You can massage it gently a few times to encourage sticking. Another thing I learned much later was to use these Brava, Elastic Barrier Strips by Coloplast, they are C shaped, 2 per bag, 20 a box.  It is an ostomy tape used around the  part that sticks to your tummy and is soft, pliable and gives me a whole lot of extra security and has even saved my clothes from a leak, they have a wider one as well, which is what I use if bending a lot and gardening. Help to remove with adhesive remover. Remember that your body has a lot of accepting to do, so drink plenty of fluids in between and with your meals, and take a rest when you need one. Take advantage of the samples, Eric has a list of the companies here somewhere. Your likely a customer for life so they want your business. Best wishes Sarah. I hope all goes well for you.  When your up to it, try and take a walk every day. All the best and stay well.

Linda

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