The gal at my DME supply house told me about some of her patients who use the Eakin Seals (yes, the round ones) and just cut them in strips and place them on the wafer like you would stomahesive paste. That is the only area I have trouble with the wafer wearing so quickly and getting itchy - yep, just like little ants crawling around the stoma!!! I tried it without the insert, and it still got itchy too soon for me. But, I have to say that when I changed the wafer, that Eakin Seal really sticks well. It was kinda hard to remove, so I am glad that I did the strip method. I'm hoping this wafer/Eakin "strips" holds up a couple of more days... curious to see how long it will last. You should give it a try and see if you can't get some longer wear time with it.
I flattened the seal with my fingers while the seal was still in between its paper. I've even read that some folks flattened it a bit with a rolling pin. So you get the idea.
Then I just cut small strips along the edge of the Eakin Seal about 1/8" wide, kinda like half moon strips. You will notice that as you flattened the Eakin seal a little, it will work it's way out of its paper barriers on the outside edges. So, just cut around the edges of the Eakin and take any of the papers off of the Eakin, place it on the sticky side of the wafer, like you would the stomahesive paste. It can be molded to fit the stoma opening of the wafer. I place it on the wafer rather than around my stoma so that I can better see that it is lined evenly around the wafer opening.
Does that make any sense? I just don't see a need to use the whole Eakin Seal if the problem is only around the stoma. Besides, it really sticks well to the skin, and I only NEED it around the stoma.
Thanks Judy for the tips... I'm just a bit frustrated that all of a sudden this summer I am having problems with my wafer wear time. SOMETHING has changed and I've not figured out exactly what it is. 20 lbs weight gain? Eating more often/more meals... ok, I can buy that. But this has been a challenge for me and I am extremely grateful for all of your input. I will try your trick with the Eakin. I guess I didn't realize that it "swells" like the moldable. Hmmm.
Your idea about Amey's itchiness/wear time seems logical to me. What do you think Amey?