Jim from Canada
First timer here. Today I'm four ( actually 74 ) four years ago I had my operation so I have a birthday every year since that. I have been very lucky, as I have only had about 5 leaks in the four years. ( I think out of the box!) I did not have anyone show me just what I was supposed to do after my operation, so I figured it out for my self and it all works fine.
First off, I NEVER put any kind of soap on the area as I found it causes leaks. I don't use thing period! I am also quite hairy in the area so have to shave it every second time or so during the process I'm about to describe. I change every three days or as I call them "Number three days" those are days that are divisable by three on the calendar. Here is exactly what I do, over and over! ( I use a Holister two piece.)
I set, the pouch, with the mirror sitting on it and the barrier sitting on the mirror, ( start pealing the plastic cover on the glue off, but do not remove it ) and set it over to the left of my sink sitting on my ceramic toilet tank, ready for action. I have a very small hair dryer and set it on the left side of the sink bowl. I take two folded half sections of paper towel ( from the kitchen roll type of paper ) and set them over to the right behind the fauset, where they cannot blow away later. I also have a piece of stiff clear plastic tubing, two inches long, and 1.5" in diameter with a 1/4" thick wall. (I bought from this from a company in New York ). I set this along with my razor and a comb on the right side of the sink bowl. I have a towel bar with towel and a baby terry wash cloth on the right side as well. I always shower first, with the pouch on. ( This makes it come off with out skin tears etc. )
After comming out of the shower I dry off and then belly up to the sink! ( Note: a towel on the floor near the sink is a good idea. ) I remove the two piece Holister pouch at one time ( it has to be empty of course ) and deposit it in the plastic bag in the waste basket for later disposal. Do this by slowly and gently holding the edge and pushing on your skin to seperate it from your skin. When it comes off, I then use the baby terry cloth towel ( You can buy them at Target in a pack of 6 ) and vigoursly rub the the rough side of the wet baby towel on my skin to be sure to remove all the adhesive that may be sticking on my skin. ( I pick the glue back off of the towel one piece at a time. when the glue is removed from the area, I use the paper towels to remove any wetness by patting and wiping the area quite dry. Next, use the hair dryer to completely dry the whole area. Here is the good part! Use the hair dryer to heat the glue part of the barrier, not real hot but quite warm. This will make it so much better for sticking onto your skin. Now put down the dryer and pick up the barrier and remove the covering plastic from the glue area. Use the mirror to center the barrier over your stoma. Now I use the plastic tubing I mentioned eaerlier. This tube fits exactly inside the barrier and over my stoma. I press the barrier tightly to my body. Note: it is still warm from the hair dryer heating it. ( This is the secret, it stick so much better! ) I peal the two stips that are on the outer part of barrier off and press the outer barrier ring to my body as well! Snap on the outer pouch and ladies you done. I mensioned I'm hairy so I shave around the area near the stoma when required to keep the glue from sticking to the hair, which is a problem! I do not shave all over down there so some times hairs will get stuck under the edge of the pouch. They pull and it hurts, so I use the comb to catch them and pull them out from under the edge pouch before they become a problem when I move about later.
I know this was long, but I hope the clarety of it helps a lot of people who are having troubles. I have had absolutly NO TROUBLES from doing this routine. Try it, or as close to it as you can get with what ever company brand of supplies you have.
My motto: Live on the edge and rememer what ever you do from here on in is free because you would not be here!