Need tips on getting wafer to stick! please help!
I am new to this. Ileostomy created March 14th
after bowel resection for crohn's. needless to
say, the phrase "shit happens" has taken
on a whole new meaning with me these days! i am
having trouble getting a good seal on my wafer and
am only getting one to two days before it starts
leaking. Anyone have any tips on getting the wafer
to last a bit longer?
Also, my skin is very irritated under the
wafer...what have you all found best for skin
Travel in india with a urostomy, any tips?
I would love to travel in India for a month or so.
At the risk of offending any of you good folks who
may live in India, I need to ask a few questions.
I have a urostomy. Most of the books I've read
about India, both nonfiction and fiction, describe
public hygiene in the major cities as
significantly different than we Westerners are
used to. (The books are all by South Asian
authors, and include "Maximum City, Bombay
Lost and Found" by Suketu Mehta, and several
of Salman Rushdie...
Any natural tips for removeing adhesive from the skin..
Has anyone come up with any ideas of uesing
natural products, if you have ran out of the
adhesive remover. I had to change my bag the
other day while i was out, and didnt have any
adhesive remover with me,and consequently had to
gradually pull pouch away from my skin and it
was so painful, and made my skin bleed....
Looking for bath/shower tips
Hi! I had my colon removed November 17 , 2011. I
am pretty comfortable with having the ostomy,
however, I have an issue...when I am showering and
need to shave my legs, well, I can do my left leg
just fine, but when I go to shave my right one, I
"discharge" for lack of a better word.
It is very embarassing situation for me. I even
wait to shower until early morning when
"Helga the horrible" is not active. I
know that it is because i am applying pressure
when I lift or bend to...
Your top tips wanted
I'm off to a New Years party tonight and its going
to be a very long night! I am, as always, a bit
aprehensive about my pouch ballooning and will
avoid the things i know cause me gas. Does anyone
have any top tips for reducing gas and output when
they go out on the town? I've been an ileostomist
for 10 years and through this site have picked up
some great (why didn't i think of that?) advice.
Hope you all have a happy and healthy New Year, DD
I have an ileo and permanent diarrhea I have to
get up several times during the night to empty my
bag. Now I try not to eat or drink at least two
hours before I go to bed and I am also on lomotil
for the diarrhea which I also take before about an
hour before I go to bed. Does anybody have any
tips that I can use so that I am not up and going
to the bathroom thru the night. I would try those
crystals but my waste is not watery and it can be
hard to completely empty the bag as it is. Als...
Bathing tips for people with stomas
I'm sure this topic has come up before, probabaly
before I was a member. Can anyone tell me easy
ways to bathe? LOL. You'd think I'd know by now
for I've had my stoma (ostomy bag) for a little
over 2 years. I use to enjoy taking my baths, but
now take showers with a hand held shower head. I
hate it! My bag still gets all soaked, and beings
I don't have a bowel anymore, I can't take the bag
off for I am forever filling it up, and certainly
don't want what comes out of it all over...
10 tips for newbies from a newbie
Today is the three month anniversary of having my
surgery and getting my stoma. It was a tough
decision but it was the RIGHT decision. I feel so
much better now. And so far living with an ostomy
is even easier than I thought it would be.
I did had the luxury of being able to take the
time I needed to make up my mind about surgery and
do the research. Still there have been a few
things I had to find out on my own (or just didn't
see when I was looking.) I took a minute and put
a list to...
Stoma shape and output changes burning thru wafers -any tips
I really don't know where to start! This is going
to be long with some background info. I've had my
colostomy for almost 2 years now and life is sooo
much better since the surgery but the shape of the
stoma has been causing me problems the last few
months. About a year ago I went gluten free
because we found that wheat was irritating my
crohn's which took my output from gassy, liquidy,
icky, multiple times a day to normal (or very
close to) 1-3 times a day. That was FABULOUS as I
Tips for newbies please!
Hi, I had my ileostomy Nov 2010 and wondered if
anyone had any tips to prevent pancaking and
output collecting in the top of the bag when I lie
down. It's really hindering my ability to sleep,
although my stoma does seem to go into warp drive
at night and I have to get up to empty it every
1-2 hrs anyway. I'm hoping that will settle down
New tips and tricks download
Just want to check with our members -
I would like to send a copy of the new download to
the newsletter editor of my local UOAA ostomy
support group. It's great! I love all the
creative answers and think it would be a great
help to folks in my group.
Does anyone have an issue with sharing these tips
and/or feel that it is a violation of the
"confidentiality" of our members?
It gives the Meet An Ostomate website some
publicity too ;)
Hi all, I don't recall who spoke of using a water
bottle to rinse the bag. Do you rinse from the
bottom, or open the top and pour the water in?
I'm having some
Getting ready to fly to Kansas City then Atlanta
and back to CA. Now that they have new regulations
about bottled liquids and meds. Are there any
products we can't take or that have to be
inspected that they will make us throw away?
Should all the supplies for a month be carry on or
in a suit case. Still a newbie... Thanks
Okay bikerboy here.In my brief 22 months I learned
I few do's and dont's of draining my bag.For the
faint of heart dont read any further.These are for
home or away.At home my R.V. is nice the toilet is
like an outhouse.open the seat ,unclip,swing
out,and drop.Nice no mess, wipe,drop and flush.But
in public there are some different rules.I do a
test flush and if the water keeps flushing great
same as home but keep the handle flushing and use
one hand to drop.But if the toilet has a tank you
Tips & tricks
I have had an Ileostomy for almost two years now
and I am still learning new things. I would love
to collect clothing tips, (especially underware)
cleaning tips, perspiration issues...you get the
Here is one of mine...I tried manufactured
underware but it was too bulky so i made my own.
I simply took a pair of boxer briefs and made my
own pocket. Isewed a small piece of material cut
from an old pair of boxer briefs patterned from my
ileostomy pouch, cut an opening just below the ...
A couple tips i have learned
My nurse told me to shower with my pouch on. I use
coloplast products and I have found that if I
remove the clamp from the pouch, and take a
freezer bag, cut it in half, I can put the plastic
over the barrier and put the clamp back on it..it
is much easier to shower with, and I go through
alot less pouches. Its also more comfortable and I
sometimes wear it like that in the evenings when I
am not ejecting.
I have also found that getting a carefix stoma
strap to go over my ostomy makes sex much...
Any tips on noisy stoma
does any one have any tips on cuting down noise
from your stoma?,mine plays up sometimes and
during meetings etc i find this extremely
embarassing,i did talk to my stoma nurse about
this and she suggested charcoal tabs but it had no
effect,any advice will be welcome
Looking for self-defense tips
I know this is completely off-topic here, but I
would appreciate any Self Defense tips you can
offer me, now keep in mind I am only 5'3" and
have the strength of a grasshopper lol. I am
seeking a Defense class but it seems there are
none to be found in the area. :( Sure, sounds
funny that a Knife-Thrower is asking such a thing,
and I do have a shotgun that I am not afraid to
use....but, I would like to hear of other options
I might have to defend myself .....from say, an
intruder and sta...
Going fishing,i need some tips.
Im going fishing next weekend for a few days and
im worried i wont have anywhere to empty my bag if
it get full as there wont be many toilets out in
the open probably none to say the least. Im just
wondering if any of you guys/girls have any tips i
could us maybe to keep the bag from filling up so
much during the day i suppose i could not eat
anything and hope for the best I take imodium
regularly that helps but only for a short period.
Is there anything i can eat to stop or slow down
I find that shower cleaner works well for cleaning
out the bag after you empty it it makes it look
like almost new But follow the shower cleaner with
water to rinse it out then theres no need for
adept witch is too expencive I Always run warm
water for the last rinse to rinse the shower
I haven't seen any threads titled Tips, so I'm
starting my own! I have a few tips that can make
daily life with an ostomy a bit easier. If you
have any, then post them. I'd really like to keep
this thread strictly for tips so newcomers can
find the information they need.
1. Carry and extra tailpiece clip with you at all
times. This is in case you drop one while you're
in the bathroom or if the hinge breaks. This
hasn't happened to me yet, but I'm prepared!
2. Buy a box of Wet Naps and ...