Question for Amey and those that switch bags often...

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sfgiantsjo
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Date Joined Feb 2007
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   Posted 11/29/2007 1:20 PM (GMT -6)   
If you switch bags on your two piece pretty much daily, does it cause issues with your insurance or hatlth coverage covering sooo many bags? I want to switch to a two piece system, so I can switch to a mini closed pouch for the gym. But wouldn't this mean I'm using one "regular" bag and one mini almost every day?
 
Example:
Monday:  Have on a regular bag for work...change to a mini for the gym....back to a regular after the gym
Tuesday: Have on regular from Monday night...change to a mini for the gym....back in a regular after the gym...
 
and so on.
 
This seems like a TON of bags.
 
I really would love to do this. I'm trying to find a two piece that works for me, so I can use smaller bags at the gym. Right now, I use a one piece with a plastic clip, which digs and shows under clothing and in general BUGS me.
 
Help! Any suggestions???
UC diagnosed: December, 1999
Asacol: 1600 MG daily
Immuran: 150 MG daily
Prednisone: 4 MG daily (Woo-Hooo! Getting lower and lower!)
Remicade: Infusion every 7 weeks
Probiotics 4 billion CFU Daily
Glutamine 500 mg 2x Daily
 
OFF all meds!! Liver failure, and emergency surgery as soon as liver levels return to normal. ACK!
 
Surgery August 24, 2007. Home now!


Amey
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   Posted 11/29/2007 1:54 PM (GMT -6)   
You got it! The closed-in pouches have about 60 per box so that lasts me 2 months. Then I use a regular size bag every night. I rinse a bottle through it in the morning and hang it to dry over the side of my tub.

This is what I do normally...Wake up and remove regular bag and put on mini closed-in bag.
Then when I return from my work out, I do one of two things. (1) I keep the mini closed-in pouch on all day (like today) because I am pretty much home-bound today or (2) if I have errands to run, I discard the closed-in pouch and replace it with a open-end mini pouch. (Yes, that means I discard 2 small bags in one day). At night, I put my large bag back on. Sometimes if my mini open-ended bag stays mostly clean I will rinse it out and reuse it the next day.

For the most part, I only discard one bag a day - the closed-in bag. I normally rinse the other bags out and reuse them and discard them when I feel they need it. Keep in mind that I DO NOT produce a lot of stools so my bags do not fill with much contents. I do not discard my open-ended pouches when they only held a couple ounces of stool. That would be a waste.

As for my insurance, I can order any bag and any pouch without limits, YIPPIE! Adhesive removers, belts, certain barriers, and other mics items are not covered but those are minor expenses compared to bags and wafers. I can get removers on ebay.

I truly hope this helps.

Amey
Amey
 
 
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Revised Coletomy/ Reset Anastimosis 2006
Revised Colectomy/ Obstructions 2005
Sub-total Colectomy 2001
 
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JudyK89
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   Posted 11/29/2007 2:15 PM (GMT -6)   
Usually when you need to order an amount that exceeds what you had previously, they (your supplier) send a new Rx to your doctor, and as long as your doctor signs it (can't imagine why he wouldn't) your insurance should cover it.

I know some insurances have limits, like Medicare, to how many pouches they will pay for in a months time, and usually they will pay for more closed end pouches. I believe the medicare limit is now 60 closed end and 20 drainable pouches a month.

My insurance has a yearly dollar amount maximum that it will pay. I just have to keep an eye on the total amount of money I spend or I run out too early in the year.
 
Call your supplier, they should know how your insurance works.  You may have to wait a week or so for the new Rx to be approved by your doctor.


Judy
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Post Edited (JudyK89) : 11/29/2007 1:15:21 PM (GMT-7)


sfgiantsjo
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Date Joined Feb 2007
Total Posts : 420
   Posted 11/29/2007 4:17 PM (GMT -6)   
Good advice, folks. I really think a system like that willl work for me! I want to switch between types of bags often - to fit the activities I am doing.
UC diagnosed: December, 1999
Asacol: 1600 MG daily
Immuran: 150 MG daily
Prednisone: 4 MG daily (Woo-Hooo! Getting lower and lower!)
Remicade: Infusion every 7 weeks
Probiotics 4 billion CFU Daily
Glutamine 500 mg 2x Daily
 
OFF all meds!! Liver failure, and emergency surgery as soon as liver levels return to normal. ACK!
 
Surgery August 24, 2007. Home now!

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