Thank you for the information. I actually did order some of the powder as well but I don't have any idea how to use it (i.e., in what order, etc.). The only thing the hospital gave us was the stoma paste and we've had no real counseling on the colostomy. We were shown how to do change it 1x and that was it. So any information or instruction you can provide would be greatly appreciated. For example, I don't know how often the bag "needs" to be changed, etc. I've heard the wafer needs changing anywhere from 3 to 7 days but that's about all I know. Thanks again for any information.
I am sorry to hear that your mum is having so much hassles. I had loads of leaks etc and the best thing that helped me was Cavilon spray. You spray it on just before you put the bag back on, it dries up in two seconds then put the bag on, it will stick. It also helps to heal the bad skin around the stoma. I change my bag every other day as the seals start to break down. This helps with leaks and bad skin, so try that. When taking the bag off, try using medical adhesive remover spray, it peels the wafers off really nice and does not let you pull at the skin too much.
Good luck, and your pray mum and you get better soon.Bless you
Thank you so much Eileen for the information you've provided me. I do have a couple more questions for you if you have a chance. It sounds like you put the stoma paste on the skin, is that correct? The one time the nurse showed me how to use it she put it on the inside rubber part of the wafer. When I tried it, the paste did squeeze out and cover more of the stoma than I wanted it to. Am I understanding you correctly about putting the paste on the skin around the stoma and then letting it dry? Also, when then do you use the skin barrier? Is it before the stoma paste? Sorry for all of these questions but I don't have a clue what I'm doing. Thanks so much for taking the time to share all this info with me.
Thanks Eileen. It makes sense. Until this forum, I hadn't heard of a skin prep spray. They told me to use the skin prep wipes. I learned about the skin barrier sheets on the internet and I'm sure that they would help my mom. She has osteoporosis and so has pretty much lost her waist. As a result, she has a few lines and folds where they normally wouldn't be. She has psoriasis and her skin is very sensitive so I'm want to do my best to protect it as much as possible but I think I'm afraid of covering up the stoma in the process. What is the difference between the skin prep "spray" versus "wipes"? Have you ever used the protective powder?
Thanks again for sharing.