a months worth of supplies?

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LadyHawk701
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   Posted 4/22/2009 10:13 AM (GMT -6)   
So this seems weird to me.......I am out of both bags and wafers (I use 2 pc convex system) so I called Byram to place an order (I'm totally out, put my last set on Monday.....living on the edge, praying for no leaks).  Anyways, they said I have to wait until the 27th to order if I want my insurance to cover it or I had to pay out of pocket.  So I ordered to minumum and paid for it myself.  After getting a little more clarification about what my insurance will cover per month they said  "4 boxes of wafers (which is 20 total) and 1 box of bags (which is 10 total)".  Does that make sense to anyone.  I mean I can make 10 last a month if I don't have alot of leaks, but why would they supply 20 of one and only 10 of the other when they are used together.  I guess if i had to I could rinse out the bags and just change the wafers.  I wouldn't go through 20 wafers a month anyway, but if my insurance covers it maybe I'll start a stock pile for a rainy day.
33 yrs old, Mama to my darling daughter (7yrs) and my little boy (3 yrs)
Diagnosed with UP in Feb 2005 Developed into UC by Jan 2006
Hospitalized July-Aug 2007 Pancolitis Contracted C Diff.
Salumedrol, Antibiotics Prednisone Imuran 100mg
Double dose of Remicade every 4 wks STOPPED BEING EFFECTIVE
Had a total colectomy Aug 1st 2008 2 step J-pouch, disconnected and reconnected
2 takedown sugeries, infections, leaks, multiple drains
Will be keeping my loop ileostomy, will not be removing disfunctioning pouch at this time
 
 


jblue65
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   Posted 4/22/2009 10:22 AM (GMT -6)   
That is weird- they probably expect you to re-use the bags, I guess. I got even numbers of each- 20 bags and 20 wafers. What I don't know is how long that is supposed to last? I will be calling the supplier soon to re- order and ask how long those are supposed to last. I change bags and wafers every 3-4 days.

I sure hope I don't have to pay out of pocket- that stuff is expensive smhair
Jackie, 43
Pancolitis, DX October 06

Lexapro, Synthroid, Protonix,
Tapering prednisone down to 10 mg

Surgery March 13th- Total Colectomy
Jpouch surgery to be done in 3 steps


Mike B
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   Posted 4/22/2009 2:30 PM (GMT -6)   
I use Convectec also, I order 20 bags and 20 wafers and change them every third day, I hope this helps

badbaggirl
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   Posted 4/22/2009 3:12 PM (GMT -6)   
That does sound weird. I know that some cover more BAGS than wafers if you are using a 2 pieces system because for some, the wafer lasts longer than the bag and one just changes the bag keeping the wafer on. I just use a one piece but have never had any insurance issues, and I change about every 3 days too.
BadBagGirl
Crohn's Disease, Colostomy due to cancer and I make darned good dill pickles.


LadyHawk701
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   Posted 4/22/2009 6:11 PM (GMT -6)   
I think I am going to call and talk to my insurance co.  If I remember right my doctor had to right a prescription for my supplies, maybe I can get a new one from my dr specifing more bags per month.
33 yrs old, Mama to my darling daughter (7yrs) and my little boy (3 yrs)
Diagnosed with UP in Feb 2005 Developed into UC by Jan 2006
Hospitalized July-Aug 2007 Pancolitis Contracted C Diff.
Salumedrol, Antibiotics Prednisone Imuran 100mg
Double dose of Remicade every 4 wks STOPPED BEING EFFECTIVE
Had a total colectomy Aug 1st 2008 2 step J-pouch, disconnected and reconnected
2 takedown sugeries, infections, leaks, multiple drains
Will be keeping my loop ileostomy, will not be removing disfunctioning pouch at this time
 
 


NYR
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   Posted 4/22/2009 7:01 PM (GMT -6)   
I am wondering if you are also using a protective skin barrier by paste ConvaTec . I use to have the same problem before and now my wafer last much longer.
Hope this helps.

summerstorm
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   Posted 4/22/2009 7:18 PM (GMT -6)   
thats really weird, i usually order more bags than wafers. I mean its a box of 5 wafers and 10 bags even. I wonder if the person at the insurance told you backwards? I change every wed night/thursday and sunday/mondaymorning. So i use 8 a month. I just wear the same bag the whole time, unless i have a leak in the bag.
I would def call the insurace and see what the problem is and also have your dr office call them for you.

pepperann27
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   Posted 4/22/2009 7:40 PM (GMT -6)   
you can reuse the bags, I do, I use the same bag for a long time. My wafers last for about a week
thanks, Dusti

Diagnosed with colonic inertia at 13 years old, had my colon removed.
Diagnosed with rectal inertia at 16 years old, had my rectum removed and had a jpouch made.
Diagnosed with small bowel inertia at 18 years old, and got an ileostomy wich I still have. I am 27 now.
If you want to know more, just ask me!
"Don't worry about failure, worry about the chances you miss when you don't even try"
 


Bella_lostmybag
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   Posted 4/23/2009 8:13 PM (GMT -6)   
My mom orders mine and idk how many extra I have but I have a BUNCH of extra wafers and bags..and i change mine every 2-4 days depending on whether i get a leak under my wafer. I use the 2 piece Hollister. So if you need any extra..I have PLENTY! Im getting my ostomy off this Wednesday so if anyone needs any bags just lemme know =) Esp. if you dont have insurance and need them bc ive heard theyre expensive =(
17, SENIOR in high school
Dx with Ulcerative Colitis on March 18,2008
Step1 Ileostomy on Nov.19,2008
Step 2 April 29th!! Can't WAIT! =)
 
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Arundinaria
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   Posted 4/24/2009 5:07 PM (GMT -6)   

tHERE ARE NEW GUIDLINES FOR OSTOMY SUPPLIES  Sorry about the caps. 

Go To http://www.hollister.com/us/files/pdfs/prodcat_ostomy.pdf  to review them.  You may need a new prescrption

 

I just went 17 days without changing, so I do pretty well at having enough

Arundinaria


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