Filtered Bags-what, how, HUH?

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   Posted 3/2/2008 10:52 AM (GMT -6)   
Hollister sent me some samples of their new AF300 filter bags. I've read that these are supposed to be great, but I've never used a filtered bag before and they didn't come with any instructions. I had a leak emergency yesterday with my old system and ended up using the new bags and the new wafers they sent with them and then was worried all day and barely slept last night for fear of the filter leaking or clogging or I don't know what. Then I was worried again in the shower this morning. Was I supposed to do something? I know I must sound incredibly ignorant, but are you supposed to do anything with the filters or just put the bag on as usual? confused   It's a 2-pc. system which is what I've used since I left the hospital but the flange is much smaller and the wafers were pre-cut. Everything fit okay but because it was a middle-of-the-day emergency change, it was difficult and I was flustered and I've been "freaking out" ever since (can ya tell?). And the leak happened about a minute after I sat down to watch my son's baseball practice - the first practice I've seen in years thanks to UC, and I ended up rushing home to change and missed most of the practice.  mad Plus my skin was a mess underneath everything and it was red and bumpy and bleeding. All in all, not a good day yesterday. Sorry if I sound whiny. I just get so frustrated sometimes. Any input would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.  -Laura

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   Posted 3/2/2008 11:07 AM (GMT -6)   
I'm sorry you had a crummy day yesterday. sad It's okay to vent to us. We've all been there and completely understand how you feel.
I've used a two-piece appliance with filtered bags from day one, because that's what the Ostomy Nurse in the hospital gave me. They are made by Coloplast and have always worked fine for me, so I've never changed systems. I just snap the bag onto the wafer, lock it in place, and go! I've never had any leaks from the filter or had to put those little stickers over it when I shower or go swimming.
Hope that helps answer your questions and alleviate any fears you may have about it.
Take care,
:-)  Cecilia
Dx'd Crohn's in '99 at 28. Proctocolectomy and ileostomy in '06.
Disease-free, medicine-free, and very thankful to be healthy again :)

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   Posted 3/3/2008 10:52 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks Cecilia. That totally helped and I really appreciate your response. It's always comforting to know there are real people out there who understand.  yeah

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   Posted 3/5/2008 1:40 AM (GMT -6)   
I had a temporary loop ileostomy in October, 2007 because of rectal cancer. I recently tried the filtered bags and found that they aren't a good option for me. The liquidy-ness of the output caused slight leakage from the filter. I much prefer to stay clean. And I agree that they don't work for long. I'm sorry, too, about your bad day. I have a stoma that doesn't stick out enough so, even after many nurses trying to help, I always have a small area of irritated (and sometimes bleeding) skin under the stoma. It made me beside myself with frustration soon after my surgery, even though I trust in the Lord to help me and had my sister visiting to help me too. But it sure got better soon after that. I read about Eakin seals and now I use them. They seem to not "melt" away nearly as fast as the others, so that I can usually go about 48 hours now between changes. That seems to be the only way to deal with this badly made stoma. I'll pray that you have much better days soon! I have been amazed at my freedom to go everywhere and do everything. And it's hardly ever even been noisy - eating often seems to help. I've never changed the whole system away from home. It hasn't been necessary, thankfully.

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   Posted 3/5/2008 10:30 PM (GMT -6)   

Welcome Ileost.fromcancer.  Good to have you aboard and glad to hear that you too have discovered Eakin Seals!   I should be paid for the advertising I have done.  They are really wonderful - straight up.   Keep experimenting with them.   Do you need to add convexity to your appliance?   That is what really helped me.  The combination of a convex insert in my wafer flange and the Eakin seals.

Good to hear from you,


Diagnosed with CD in 1979, many resections and meds
Perm Ileostomy July 1984 at Cleveland Clinic
Disease free since surgery 

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