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stoma protector (shield) guard. simply cover

Posted by warrior, on Fri Nov 08, 2019 10:32 pm

Just received one pachage of 5 guards for the stoma.  Since having the stoma I have always had reservations about protecting it. There's quite a few  styles and brands. found this on the  edge park web site. they told me the insurance would not cover 5 only 3.. last week. today five come. hot damn!  so ..  does anyone else share a notion about protecting there tiny front butt hole?  this one from "stoma guard" at the edge park site is all hard plastic and  its just a  neat cover that with adhesive, attaches to the top of your appliance.  no belts, no paste..  looks like 3M tape.  will try to get  a photo.. from just looking at it.. very simple.. i do feel it will create more of a buldge look but nothing that a double xtra large shirt cant cover or hide.   film at a eleven.  and go..

Reply by w30bob, on Fri Nov 08, 2019 11:13 pm

Hi warrior,

  Yeah, there are quite a lot of ostomy covers, guards, protectors, shields, etc out there.  They range from 1/4" thick aluminum wave shaped covers to thin plastic cups (that remind me of wearing a jock and cup back in Jr High) and everything in between.  I've considered trying a few, but find I need access to my bag frequently during the day to empty and to slide the more solid output down into the bag, so it would end up being just something else I'd have to dick with all the time.   There are certainly times I'd like my stoma and bag better protected (like when I forget to loop my seatbelt strap over my knee and it chokes off my my stoma, or when my pooch gets excited and paws my bag with her razor sharp claws, etc), but I'm too lazy to investigate. Sounds like you're pretty happy with yours, so that's cool! I'm considering putting an internal pocket in my Stealth Belt clone and then 3-D printing a thermoplastic cover at work.  I'll see how that goes.

 

Regards,

Bob

Reply by Bill, on Sat Nov 09, 2019 4:59 am

Hello warrior. 

In the early days of having a stoma I was handling a lot of dogs and was worried about being scratched, so I bought a stoma guard. It was shaped in a way that (theoretically) it would guide the output downwards and into the bag without pancaking. In practice, it acted like a barrier and was permanently compacted with output. Needless to say, I only wore it for the times when I was in danger of being scratched, and I was relieved when I finally got to irrigate and no longer needed bags during the day. - It is so much easier to find a suitable protective barrier when there isn't the problem of output. However, nowadays, during and after irrigation, I feel the need to guide output into the sleeve( which also acts as a bag overnight). I achieve this by using plastic 90degree bend used for water waste. This is attached to a baseplate I made up with a small sleeve so that it protects the stoma and the bend can be attached and removed at will.  This gadget has worked very well for about 2-3 years, bu I do not think it would be suitable for everyday use as is protrudes too far out and might be an embarrassment for some people. It's not an embarrassment for me because I welcome the opportunity  of explaining stoma stuff to people who make the slightest hint at being interested. I also enjoy 'challenging' those few people who make comments try to be deliberately embarrassing. I view these as yet another type of bully, to be confronted and exposed for what they are!

Sorry to have diverted from the subject somewhat, but sometimes people do not wear or use what is appropriate or comfortable because of what other people might say or think. I feel I need to be an ambassador for the 'rights' of an individual to wear whatever they think suits their own needs, without negative and derogatory judgements from others. After all, most people no longer make snide remarks about crutches, wheelchairs etc,  and those that do, need to be taken to task about their unacceptable behaviour. 

Best wishes

Bill

Reply by warrior, on Sat Nov 09, 2019 9:30 am

Thanks guys. All good input.  I have not used it yet.  I could see a problem with pancaking though. Since i wear my bag sideways i dont know how this will effect output.  Time and usage will tell.  Keep warm. 

Reply by panther, on Sat Nov 09, 2019 4:11 pm

I only ever used a stoma guard when I used to do martial arts, never felt a need to wear one in every day life or at work 

Reply by warrior, on Sat Nov 09, 2019 4:59 pm
panther wrote:

I only ever used a stoma guard when I used to do martial arts, never felt a need to wear one in every day life or at work 


Hi. Thanks. Guess it depends on your working conditions like me.  Auto mechanic. U can imagine the various positions im placed in.

Also..there are people socially who have habit of touching yur stomach while they get yur attention and keep it.  Sometime i catch their hand in mid flight..telling them to stop doing that. Or ill poop on them . 

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