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Procedure week

Sat Jul 30, 2022 4:30 pm
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Started the week with a Covid swab, negative, all good there. PC visit Thursday, all good there, starting next on a new med similar to cymbalta since that helped a ton. Pick it up Monday. Then super scope day prep after PC DR. No idea why they wanted me to have an enema, it’s a stump, so I skipped that part, unnecessary. Did everything else properly. Was supposed to have lower endoscope to make sure there is no cancer so we can move on to Barbie butt reconstruction. 
I get there and of course I’m the last patient of the day. Luckily I have the same anesthesiologist from the hospital, my GI doc who isn’t doing the procedure is there, this was ordered by the surgeon. Now I’m told I’m having and upper endoscope, ileoscope and a flex sig. I wake up after and they are putting a new appliance on me, the nurse seems new and to not know how to change and prep skin for new appliance. In my propofil haze I explain the clean it all up use the adhesive remover so we are just dealing with clean skin, I tell her about the powder and how to go easy and spread it into skin so you can barely see a light film them use the cavilon spray I have in my ekit and completely cover the powder and wait for it to dry, should not see any power(I’m still in a haze and haven’t opened my eyes) instead of measuring they asked me for stoma size so I told them to cut to 38mm and apply barrier ring to appliance, she says but it’s too small(now I’m laughing with my eyes closed) I manage to open my eyes tell her it’s pliable and to just match size of appliance opening getting her to giggle too. Appliance on( although it a transparent emergency one whatever I like the hollister adhesion plate so I can roll with this for a few days. 
Still pretty out of it today but had breakfast and lunch in quick succession and took a nap. Woke up noticed hey it’s time to empty, go into washroom pull up shirt entire left side of base has released, powder everywhere, appliance being held on by barrier ring only and right side of baseplate!

Welp guess it’s time to stomp upstairs and lay out change supplies. I get old appliance off very easily and stoma is active so I’m taking my time but trying not to make a bigger mess, I get cleaned powdered and sprayed, dried, I remove the protection from the backing and appliance sticks straight to waste bag of old appliance and dirty cleaning supplies, FML I silently yell into my head. Well as luck would have it the other night when I contemplated changing the appliance before the procedure I had precut 2 bags. So I grab the spare and apply. I finished my change without a snow leopard wanting his bag changed too but honestly would have liked that. 
So for a fun Saturday night I’m going to pre cut 5 more bags.

Has anyone found a comfortable pair of appliance scissors? The free ones from the 3 companies are fine but uncomfortable and hurt my fingers.

Now I wait for the test results and a surgery date. And maybe a tip on good scissors. 

The Dr loved Homie with a Stomie btw! 

Sat Jul 30, 2022 5:25 pm

lol....you using my handle bud....

What a shitty time you had but somehow knew you would laugh through it

Get to feeling urself real soon and then ya can start sing rub a dub dub stomie in the tub....

Stay well

Your Homie with a Stomie

Tracy

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Sat Jul 30, 2022 5:27 pm

These are what I use…. From Coloplast. Blunt edge so you can’t poke a hole in the bag. 

Sat Jul 30, 2022 5:28 pm

And Cooper says Hi……

Sat Jul 30, 2022 6:29 pm


AlexT wrote:

And Cooper says Hi……

Howdy Cooper and thats what I use as well 

Sat Jul 30, 2022 7:17 pm


AlexT wrote:

These are what I use…. From Coloplast. Blunt edge so you can’t poke a hole in the bag. 

I’ll look and see if I have those in the coloplast emergency supply kit, I bet that’s exactly where they are 

Sat Jul 30, 2022 7:18 pm

Omg, giving clear directions from your twilight world because you know best only to have it done wrong and make more messy work for you later. You are freakin’ trooper!

Sat Jul 30, 2022 11:54 pm

Wishing you the best.

Sun Jul 31, 2022 3:22 am

I use small scissors like this to cut my hole to fit the stoma.  The problem is, as you suggest, finding a pair that your fingers will fit into comfortably.  Years ago, after finally finding a good pair, it got confiscated by the airport guards.  It took a while to find a replacement.  One possible place to look:  a beauty supply store.  Also, a good drug store. 

Sun Jul 31, 2022 6:25 am


Homie With A Stomie NS wrote:

lol....you using my handle bud....

What a shitty time you had but somehow knew you would laugh through it

Get to feeling urself real soon and then ya can start sing rub a dub dub stomie in the tu...

Sorry about using your handle, I was trying to calm my nerves and told the docs about the site and try and get a laugh, and it worked, thank you for my appropriation

Sun Jul 31, 2022 6:26 am


HenryM wrote:

I use small scissors like this to cut my hole to fit the stoma.  The problem is, as you suggest, finding a pair that your fingers will fit into comfortably.  Years ago, after finally finding a go...

Thank you Henry, I’ll look there

Sun Jul 31, 2022 9:24 am

Glad for you that the past week is now in the past and you are able to be good-humored about it.  When I was sent home medicare sent a home nurse to our home every 5 days to change my appliance - each time was a catastrophe- once he changed my bag 5 times to get it right!  One would think these nurses would be better trained for this important job to us belly-baggers.

Wishing you a speedy and complete recovery from your current medical challenges - will be thinking of you ! Hugs. JB

Managed to slice my bag once with some sharp scissors -  discovered I had some nail scissor in my arsenal for cutting my son’s fingernails 50+ years ago !!!  They work great !  Amazingly- Amazon shows them on their web-site (around $12)

here’s a picture 



Last edited by Justbreathe on Sun Jul 31, 2022 9:29 am; edited 1 time in total
Sun Jul 31, 2022 9:28 am

Good luck with everything Paul ❤️ Sending loads of love and positive vibes your way my friend. ❤️

I use these little scissors from Coloplast. 

Sun Jul 31, 2022 1:04 pm


Justbreathe wrote:

Glad for you that the past week is now in the past and you are able to be good-humored about it.  When I was sent home medicare sent a home nurse to our home every 5 days to change my appliance - ...

Agree about the nurses same here in Canada I have VON and many only know the basics of ostomy ways and or procedures etc they have never changed me, they showed me once whilst in hospital from there me myself & I did it and now my hubby is fully stomie trained as well lol..... thank god for my amazing ostomy nurse that is with my gp doc....

Tracy

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