This question is for ostomates in the US on Medicare using 2-piece systems with sealed pouches. As you know, Medicare will only cover 2 pouches a day (box of 60 pouches for a month). I am very short, 5'2", and use the 7" mini sealed pouches. I average 3-4 a day, not 2. I have tried the resealable pouches to extend their length of use, and it was a nightmare! My output is very firm, and emptying into the toilet causes splash-back, gets poop all over my hands and the end of the pouch, and doesn't want to come out of the pouch at all unless I squeeze it out, with resulting residue everywhere, including still in the pouch (which then sticks together and no new output wants to actually go into the pouch, leading to pancaking...). A real mess. I tried the 9" regular bags, but I am so short, they run down into my pants leg when wearing pants, and below my crotch when wearing a skirt. With it only 1/4 full, it's long enough that it starts swinging like a cow's udder, becoming very uncomfortable and visually extremely strange-looking as it swings against my clothing. It makes me feel less of a person - and you know what happens when your self-image starts eroding. I found the solution with the 7" mini sealed pouches - I live my life with no real problems and minimal disruption.
When I had private insurance, they covered however many I needed, as long as they got confirmation from my doctor that they were needed. Medicare, however, says that I can live my life with 2 a day. I say I cannot (because filling the stupid pouch until it bursts is a stupid way to live your life). Who out there has experience with Medicare and sealed pouches? Any other solutions that maybe I haven't thought of? I cannot deal with irrigation; just can't handle it. Any other suggestions? Any way around Medicare's limitations?
I have occasionally bought extra supplies online, but that is running anywhere from 80-100 a box. Still looking for other answers. Thanks.