Lipgloss, I just had my surgery on Dec 21,07 so i'm only 4 weeks into recovery. the worst part of it was when the swelling from surgery went down, and my stoma shrunk in size. My bags were too big, and left pealing, and even my skin bleed. It was horrible. But once I got some bags that fit right, it was a breeze. I feel better than i have in a long time. See if your stoma nurse can send you a couple bags of the 'cut to fit'. this way you can cut the bags the size you need, until you can get some from whatever company you order from. The stuff that comes from your stoma is more directly from the stomache than before, so its very acidic, and burns the skin.
I went to visit the women i work with a few days ago, and they couldnt even tell i have a bag. I've lost about 23 pounds, so i'm thinner, but you cant see the bag. I'm really shocked. Its soooo much easier than i thought it too be. Yes, you will feel the leak first.I did. and i only had trouble with leakage because the bags didnt fit.
Contact Hollister...they sent me samples, and a video about how to care for your stoma...and has pictures and all. The following i found on the internet to conact them form the uk. I hop this all helps. Relax, it will all be fine. You will feel better that you ever have.
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