I’ve had my colostomy for about three months and I’m still searching for what feels like it works for me. Here is what I know. I like a two piece system and I have to have convexity. Now the sticky-poo issues. I’m having issues with pancaking almost all the time. I’ve tried lubricants, covering the filter, and trying not to have a waistband over my stoma. But given the location of my stoma I’d be wearing paper bags and I work full time with the public. I also HATE it when the bag has poo stuck all down the inside. It makes me feel dirty.
One of my questions is about closed bags. I’m already using mini bags—long bags just have that much more poo stuck inside. Ick. My insurance will allow two closed pouches per day, but I’m having trouble imagining that would be enough. Three per day sounds more reasonable to me. Do people empty them?
I have so much difficulty that half the time I’m detaching the bag from the top to empty it.
I know it will get easier, but I’m so frustrated. Any suggestions would be appreciated.