Hey everyone, just joined tonight and looking for advice from you pros on basically all-things-ostomy. I’m about 2 weeks in from receiving my ileostomy, and I’m getting adjusted well enough, I think. It’s been a lot to take in, but you guys get it! I’m sure I’ll have lots of questions to post over time, but I’ll start with some simple gear/product ones…
Question 1: any of you guys use a ‘stealth belt’? My surgeon’s nurse practitioner turned me onto it. It’s a belt that wraps around you and holds/supports the bag. I went ahead and got one, and it’s already immensely helpful as far as comfort/support, as I work outdoors and do a lot of moving/walking. My question is that because it holds the bag firmly against you, the output gets held at the top a lot of the time, around the stoma. I have no trouble pushing it down and emptying the bag, but I don’t know if that will cause problems with my stoma or it’s ability to function? I’ve worn it for most of the weekend and just changed my bag after three days of use with the belt, and it all seemed to clean up well enough. Just wondering if anyone else has used the belt. If all that checks out to be fine, I do recommend it!
Question 2: what’s the best deodorizing product to use? Do I need to go expensive or are the half-price Amazon finds just as effective?
Thanks for any input/help! Looking forward to getting to know you all and sharing this life experience with you!