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Posted by janice, on Mon Jul 27, 2009 1:49 pm
Usually, when my bag leaks unexpectedly, I get extremely anxious.  

Well, it happened today, my son in law was here. I was helping him do something and all of a sudden I felt it run down my leg.  Without panicking, I told him, hold on a sec, and I went in and got a hand towel and just stuck it in there until I could finish helping him.

I then went in & proceeded to change my bag. Changed the mucas fistula bag as well cause that had been on for a week. I also needed to change my wound dressing when that happens cause it leaks into my wound.

Guess I'm proud at the fact that I handled the whole situation calmly and just did what needed to be done.

The bag was on since Thurs anyway.  I was going to change it this morning but went on an eating binge instead. Had a bowl of cereal, a bagle w/cream cheese, some fresh pineapple, french vanilla ice cream w/fresh strawberries & whipped cream, some more fresh pineple, crackers. Was probably all the fresh fruit that did me in.

Anyway, I attribute this forum to helping me get thru this leak today.

Thanks guys.  You're awesome!
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Reply by Past Member, on Mon Jul 27, 2009 5:47 pm
Good job girl! Wink  I'm proud of you Smile  You will have your good days and bad, just like the rest of us, but you're gonna be just fine sweetie.  

I want to toss this in ........ I gave a little pep-talk to my friend Ryan today, who is usually quite upbeat and positive but he was having a terrible day.  He had to have both of his legs amputated when he was a toddler due to extreme burns and has had mulitple operations since.  He is 23 now and has gone through a number of different legs special made for him but recently had another surgery on one of his "stumps" as he refers to them and is beyond frustrated that he cannot put both of his legs on for another couple of weeks until he heals a little better.  He said he'd rather drag himself across the floor than wear only one leg, it's "both or nuttin' " as he put it as he looked up at me from the floor.

He would trade any one of us.  I think he would endure a half dozen stomas on his belly in exchange for having his legs back.    He also never thought he'd find a woman to love him, but his girlfriend Molly is quite devoted.

You see girl, we all stumble along the best we can Smile   It's ok.  SmileSmile
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Reply by Past Member, on Mon Jul 27, 2009 6:18 pm
Sorry Janice, I forgot to mention something in that last post ...... there is fantastic information all over this site from awesome people like yourself but one spot jumps out that I wanted to tell you about just in case you haven't been there yet to explore it....  

One of the most kind-hearted and most helpful people here, Elzie, started a great thread on this site called "Tips" and I would love to inspire you to keep checking that area, LOTS of good stuff in there already, many helpful hints of all sorts.   Here's how you can find it, up top on this page in the tan menu bar click on FORUM ... then
ET Online: ostomy-related questions (just provided you with a quick link, but just so you know how to get to it) and in that section you will find in the Topics "STICKY: Tips "  Tips

That thread is a great idea and I personally wish ADMIN would consider making it a main link on the Home page, I think it would be an excellent that it's not lost in the shuffle.

Take care! Smile
Reply by janice, on Tue Jul 28, 2009 3:36 am
thanks doe,
  yes Ive seen the "tips" thread.  Very helpful!

I DO try & count my blessings.  I can walk, see, feel, hear, smell, taste, food on my table, clothes on my back, and a wonderful family!

Yes, I have 2 bags hanging off my belly....I'm learning..just like the rest of those here.
Reply by panhead511, on Sat Aug 01, 2009 11:57 am
Hey Janice, GREAT ATTITUDE! I know that it can be embarrassing when that happens believe me been there done that. Like I have said before we all have good days and bad ones. Just keep your spirits high and try to be possitve about the situation. You did good!!!! Do not let it bring you down. Just remember everyday is a good day, we are alive!!  Take care, Chris lol
Reply by tarababy, on Mon Aug 03, 2009 3:49 pm
Hey guys, well its posts like this that  makes this forum..Well done Janice, I too, know all too well the feelings of aarrrggghhh!!! when a seal breaks..but it is the first time you realise exactly what you said,it happened, you dealt with it calmly and went on about your business.Then done what needed doing.Funny how its not till after its all done and your sitting back and going PHEW!!!!..that you realise how well you just covered your ass without having a stress attack in the mean time...and nobody else was the wiser. Well done.. Tara
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