As you know, I am a fan of the Coloplast Assura line.. :) This few drops of liquid you are talking about that you can sometimes see when unrolling the bag to open it happened to me at first too-- The way I avoid that now is to do what Slice said and really clean/dry as far into the tail of the bag as you can. I take a small wad of toilet paper and stuff it into the bag, and them actually squeeze the bag from the outside around the wad so that the toilet paper really gets into the side-edges and dries the tail out completely (does that make sense?). Ever since I have made sure to really clean and dry out the tail of the bag as much as I can, I have not had any liquid seepage out the bottom.
Takes a bit of time, but you get much faster at it once you do it many times! :)
Female, 23, Ulcerative colitis (pancolitis) diagnosed at age 15; GERD; gastritis; osteopenia in femur head & lumbar spine from long term prednisone use. Current Meds: Lexapro 10mgTrying out Lialda, 2 pills/day
Praying - with a two piece appliance, you can put on a fresh bag every couple of days when the plastic around the velcro part starts to deteriorate.
Edie - those are excellent questions! Before I had an ileostomy, I thought you had to remove the bag and rinse it out each time you emptied, too, but that's not the case *thank God!
The bags have velcro closures on the end. You empty while sitting on the toilet, so it's no problem using public restrooms.
The only time you remove the bag is when you want to put on a fresh one or on wafer changing days, which, for me, is about once a week. I always change my wafer in the morning before I've had anything to eat, so my stoma is not active. I keep a washcloth over it after I get out of the shower, just in case.
The bags come in packs of 10 and last me over a month. The wafers come in packs of 5. My supplies are 100% covered by health insurance.