1) How do u know if uv cut too small? as in if the hole is too tight around ur stoma? I had a slight leak this morning and decided to change the bag, and when i did, there was like blood around the edges of my stoma where it comes out of my belly. Are ther any signs to know if its too tight? I thought that absolutely no skin was supposed to be visible thru the flange.
Blood is normal....When I cut my wafer I use Adapt paste (a hollister product) which I put around the
opening (on the sticky side) of my wafer before applying it to my skin. Adapt paste works like caulk...it fills in the holes and gaps and helps to prevent leaks.
2) When i do change the bag the skin directly around the stoma where it comes out of the belly has what my nurse said was the residue from the flange, i try to clean it as much as possible, but it seems as tho i cant get it all off. Is this ok? or will it cause problems?
When I change my appliance I rip up about
2 sheet of paper towels and seperate them into 3 piles. One is wet, the other wet with soap, and the other dry paper towels. I use these to clean the area. I use Ivory soap. Do Not use soap that has a moisturizer in it because your wafer will not adhere or will shorten wear time.
3) For anyone who has had a catheter, does the holes where the catheter goes thru stay
open? will there always b holes in the side of my stoma?
Can't help with that one.
4) Somebody in the crohns forum was swearing by this product called just a drop. I googled it and i was wondering if anyone has tried it in their bag?
I put Tic Tacs in my bag after I dump it...yes Tic Tacs-I use the white ones and everything comes out minty. Or I make sure I have a can of Oust (aerosol) around!
5) does removal of the cathetar hurt?
You have no nerves in your stoma so I don't think it will hurt.
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