moreglorydays--I have the same schedule as summerstorm...I'm usually Wed/Thurs or Sat/Sun. I used to work a Mon-Fri job and did have to change on a work day. I just allotted a little extra time for it so I didn't stress over it. I find that I cannot change right when I wake up, but if I give myself a half hour...usually make kid's lunch and feed dogs...I can change it without any activity. You'll figure your body out pretty quickly I have gone longer with my wear time, but I get too self conscious...my ET Nurse/Surgeon are always IMPRESSED with the skin around my stoma and compliment me on my care, so I must be doing something right!!! I just get a little jealous at those with more wear time
I use a 10" pouch which works pretty good for me...lazy...and have used smaller ones, it just means paying more attention. I don't always tuck the end in, it depends on what I am wearing, and I have used Spanx when I want to wear something more form fitting. I have to say, I have NEVER wanted to take it all off!!! Oh, before I forget, do you use Imodium? That will help when you go back to work...less emptying.
NEsailor--welcome to the forum!!
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Cecilia, thanks for your detailed answer. My past two changes have been five days apart. My skin looks like it is holding up OK. You mentioned an ointment that you put on the skin around the stoma. I have not heard of this ointment before. The rest of your routine is almost identical to my routine, except that I have been washing the area with hot water and a washcloth only. I haven't been using soap, mainly because I am concerned about leaving a residue on the skin. I am using Hollister New Image products, a two piece system, as these were what were ordered for me by the ET nurse. So far they have worked fine for me, knock on wood.
Summer, I bought some Gas -x, but haven't tried using it, yet. When you use Immodium, do you feel bloated? When it wears off, do you have a surge of output?
P.S. I have never felt bloated from Imodium and do not get a surge when it wears off.