This was interesting, so I figured I'd post it. The other morning....Thursday morning to be exact.......I got up and changed my barrier. I used to do it every other day, but after Torquey reminded me about Nystatin, my skin is nice and clear, and I've now been able to stretch it another day. Now, I don't know about you guys, but when I change my barrier, I have a pretty strict routine I follow. Being a short-gutter, I only have a fairly short window each morning when I can change it.....so things need to go smooth....hence my routine. So I cut my barrier opening with my template, set up all my paper towels and wet half of them, line up everything on the counter starting with the Head N Shoulders....camera...razor.....Nystatin.....O'Keefe's......stoma powder.......wipes......Adapt barrier ring.....barrier.....bag...and finally, my belt. Then I stretch out my barrier ring and put it back in the container and get ready to rock. Now, normally the last step I do before slapping my new barrier on is to apply stoma powder.....blow the excess off with the hairdryer.....dab the area with 2 prep pads using the hairdryer in between......then apply my ring and stick on the barrier. I've got it down to a science....and it takes me 17 minutes from start to finish......and I have a 40-minute window....so easy peasy.
Thursday morning everything was going good....maybe too good.....and I must have been daydreaming or thinking of what was next on my To-Do list.......but I totally skipped the stoma powder and prep pad steps! I only realized it when I went to clean up, and I saw the two wipes still in the sealed packages. So I puzzled and I puzzled, like when the Grinch couldn't figure out why the Who's were still singing Christmas carols even though he just took all their stuff. At first, I just said no big deal.......shouldn't be any problems..........and I can always fix it tomorrow if I have a problem today. So I started making breakfast.
But it was bugging me. I looked at the clock, and my window was closing fast....it was now or never. What I was concerned about was when I've had to change my barrier every day (when my skin was having serious issues), the ring would stick so good that it was hard to get it all off my skin......meaning it took some time. So I was concerned that if I go and peel off my ring just 10 minutes after I put it on, it might be stuck real good and make a real mess......that would take time to fix. But with a little trepidation, I figured it was a learning moment. I'd finally answer the question of do I really even need stoma powder and skin protectant wipes? So I started peeling off the bandage section of the barrier, and it came off with no trouble. In hindsight, it should have been sticking better.....but on to the ring. Once I lifted the bandage portion of the barrier, I figured here's where the ring is going to screw up my whole day......but it did not. It came off like it wasn't supposed to be sticking to anything. I mean, it would have literally fallen off by itself if the bandage portion of the ring wasn't holding it against me. I was a bit dumbfounded. And VERY glad I decided to change my barrier.
So now I know. Stoma powder and wipes are MANDATORY for me. That was a surprise. And I learned my "something new every day" thing bright and early that Thursday morning. Hopefully, this story will help someone somewhere someday.