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.