Hey everybody, thanks for the encouragment. I received a sample sleeve and tried it out yesterday. The results were a lot better than before and I tried a few things to assist.
Getting past the hernia is still an issue, but once I manage...the water gets in. This is pretty experimental as the stoma wants to close and I get water backing out.
I got a pitcher of water to help flush the stool down the bag. I found that handy to have beside me..Lots of toilet paper near as well. I used an old coloured towel by my feet to keep them warm and also to absorb any errant spills.
The hardest part was trying to figure out when water was going into my stoma and not just trickling down the bag. I'm sure I lost more water from leakage. I also broke the clip for the end of the bag 1st try (lol)
I irrigated 3x and noticed the 2nd had good results and the 3rd try really cleaned me out. Pretty sure I evacuated all while sitting, so I got up and put my mini bag back on. 20 minutes later I voided a lot...good thing I kept the bag on.
Had a shower and cleaned up. For the 1st time, I tried a stoma cap to wear and go to work. I'm a nurse and work 12 hour shifts. Guess I was feeling brave. It was so wonderful to not wear a bag and look at my waistline like it was normal again. What a feeing of confidence! Got scared a few times when I felt some wet gas, but that little cap held on tight and the filter worked without churning the air.
I've had the cap on for 24 hours now. I have one more night shift and then will see how it goes. Just in case, I have some backup product in my pocket!
I find the whole bathroom procedure to be a bit on the longside and not without "it's gotta be easier than this". But......how wonderful to walk in public without that big bulge in my tummy....it's worth every minute!! Someone actually asked me if I had lost weight! I will be ordering a box of sleeves and if those goes as well as it seems, I can see some of my social activites really change for the better. I've walked on beaches with my big bag hanging out, but I'm looking forward to the day I just have the cap on.
Thanks once again for sharing your tips and experiences