Good Morning, Joe~
"Stuck" is the key word, here, I think.
You want to manually plug-up the vent on an ostomy appliance? When you get your samples in, and BEFORE you use them/place them on your body, rig up a way to keep the front & back walls of an appliance apart from each other. You can put a finger or two into the appliance either from the drainage opening, or, pre-cut the appliance as you usually would for your stoma opening and access the interior from there. Then apply over the vent from the EXTERIOR side of the wall either:
- a Super Glue-type product. (Take my word for it: with Super Glue, the amount you will need to use in this process will increase the time it needs to completely dry, so be prepared for a wait.)
- rubber cement. Let it dry, then cover the cement with a fairly large piece of strong tape so clothing doesn't wear off the cement.
- stoma paste. Let it dry, then cover the paste with a fairly large piece of strong tape so clothing doesn't wear off the dried paste.
Give the chosen product time to dry COMPLETELY. Maybe a third or fourth hand would be necessary, if you add using a blow dryer on LOW or COOL heat to speed up the drying time?
Whatever you do, ensure that when you finally allow the front/vented/glue-y wall of the appliance to touch the back wall, that there's no chance for them to adhere to each other. Obviously, you want the appliance to still be usable, or you might as well just throw it away, right? : )
As permanent as these options are, venting will have to be done manually once the vent is blocked.
Back to your thoughts on increasing plain water intake, and it making you nauseous, Joe. You mentioned drinking ginger ale, instead, but what about drinking club soda? Still fizzy, but refreshing, no sugar, but could increase the amount of gas in your pouch. Note that depending on your health concerns and the type of club soda, you could be taking in quite a bit of potassium. It took me a long while to "enjoy" drinking plain water, but club soda (on ice?) could be something for you to consider. And, it may be a "transitional beverage" to help you make the step to plain water?
Let us know how you end up resolving these concerns, Joe - and make it an amazing day! : )