leaks and work....

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dilatante
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   Posted 1/11/2009 11:50 PM (GMT -6)   
I work 12 hour shifts as a nurse. This means I have to do a lot of lifting, and last week, I had a major leak at work. I attempted to change the appliance, and wasn't able to get the leak to stop. So I ended up with skin breakdown, under the appliance when I was at wound care the next day. I use a one piece appliance, with a belt. My ET, suggested tightening the belt when I am going to have to lift, etc at work. BUT what more can I do to prevent leaks?? I can't continue to go through 3 pairs of pants etc, at work. I empty my ileostomy frequently, and don't let it get more than half full. Thank goodness for understanding coworkers!! I am a firm beleiver in helping out the aides, and had to refuse to help one that night, due to having poop all down the front of my pants. thank you!!

justjenjen
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   Posted 1/12/2009 7:42 AM (GMT -6)   
Lifting should not make you get a leak. I think you need to look into getting a different appliance. I've done plenty of lifting over the years and none of it ever caused a leak. What the heck kind of ET nurse says such a thing?!?! If this major-bad leak day was not typical than perhaps you were using old paste, or the when you changed at work you were in a hurry and didn't a good jog applying it (easy to do when in a hurry) , or some other factor.

dilatante
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   Posted 1/12/2009 8:42 AM (GMT -6)   
that's what I thought, that lifting shouldn't cause leaks. I know I was in a hurry at work, and didn't do as good of a job as I should have. I'm just getting so frustrated!! I'm going to make it till June, when hopefully we'll be discussing reversal surgery. I had hoped to have it done as early as february, but due to a dvt post op. My surgeon wants to wait until i've been on coumadin for 6 months.

Marsky
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   Posted 1/12/2009 12:42 PM (GMT -6)   
dilatante - I think by lifting, you mean heavy patients, correct? Not just medical supplies, pans, tubing, etc but heavy, heavy people. I have a sister-in-law who's a nurse who has really messed up her back over the years, since as a general rule we now have an obesity problem in the country. She's in constant pain because her job is now so physical. When she started out in nursing people didn't weigh as much as they do now (2009).

Perhaps I'm off base but the minute I read your reply, I thought of how demanding a nurse's job is now.
Marsky/Mary's story.....
- Diagnosed with rectal cancer, April 1999 - Stage I, no treatment necessary
(5 hour colon resection: 90% sigmoid removed, 15 inches of colon removed, gall bladder removed, given temporary colostomy)
- Colostomy reversal, June 1999
- Left with IBS/D symptoms, multiple bm's every day
- On a low residue diet at least 75% of the time
- Takes Colace 50 mg each evening

All in all I do okay, I just use the bathroom A LOT! But I survived and beat cancer!


dilatante
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   Posted 1/12/2009 6:29 PM (GMT -6)   
yes they are considerably heavier than they were ten years ago, when I started nursing ten years ago.

flchurchlady
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   Posted 1/12/2009 7:15 PM (GMT -6)   
I swear by the Coloplast Assura Extended Wear wafer (item #2833) with matching pouch (item #13986). It stays on me for 7+ days with no leaks! I've tried other wafers, but they don't work nearly as well for me.
Dx'd Crohn's in '99 at 28. Proctocolectomy and ileostomy in '06.
Disease-free, medicine-free, and very thankful to be healthy again :)


dilatante
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   Posted 1/12/2009 7:44 PM (GMT -6)   
thank you!! i'll look into that.

Chad DeLong
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   Posted 1/12/2009 8:12 PM (GMT -6)   

i have had leaks in the past.

I experemented with different appliances and also made sure i was getting a good fit around my stoma


flchurchlady
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   Posted 1/13/2009 8:21 PM (GMT -6)   

Another thing I do is cut the hole in the wafer a little off center, so that it moves it away from my belly button. If I cut the hole right on center, the edge of the wafer would cover my belly button and not allow for a good seal.

I also wear a two piece appliance and snap on a fresh pouch every 3-4 days.


Dx'd Crohn's in '99 at 28. Proctocolectomy and ileostomy in '06.
Disease-free, medicine-free, and very thankful to be healthy again :)

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