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Date Joined Jul 2008
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   Posted 7/26/2008 3:50 PM (GMT -6)   
is there anyone in the santa cruz ca arera that can give me a lession, My new dr didnt put my colomsty in quite the right place. Its in the fold of my jelly roll. and is a real pain to get the bag to stick and not break and go into my open wound. if anyone knows lol anyone i can give my phone number. I just got out of the hospital and am really really tired. so cant type much yet and my spelling sucks. who cares about that right. thanks for your help. aireus01
or any good tricks to help.

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Date Joined Jul 2007
Total Posts : 2765
   Posted 7/26/2008 4:17 PM (GMT -6)   
Welcome to Healing Well. Sorry to hear you're having trouble. sad I live in Florida, so I can't stop by to help, but I'll do my best from here. Have you tried putting the wafer on while laying flat on your back? If you get it to stick while your belly is flat, maybe it'll stay on better once you stand up. I use Coloplast Extended Wear Wafers, and they stick really well, so you might want to give them a try.
Good luck,
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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Date Joined Aug 2006
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   Posted 7/26/2008 8:25 PM (GMT -6)   
like cece said laying on your back does help to get your stomach flatter adn make it easier to put on. Another thing is, since your surgery is new, your stomach is probably still swollen and that makes it harder.

This is how i put mine on, maybe it will help, i use the hollister new image.
I get my stuff ready, take the old bag off, wipe it down with a square of towel to make sure it is dry. I cover the stoma with another square of cloth, lie down on the floor grab the wafer and quickly remove the cloth place the wafer and cover with a clean cloth. I put the bag on, then i use my hands and rub them over the wafer a bunch, smoothing it down. When i get up, i get the hairdryer and i use it on the wafer for a little bit, not long just enough to make the thing sort of melt on me, lol, not the best way to explain it.
I use the paste, most everyone else uses the eakin seals.
If you are still using the wipes they gave you to protect your skin, or if you are using the powder that can shorten wear time, as can certain soaps, and creams

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Date Joined Jul 2008
Total Posts : 26
   Posted 7/26/2008 9:16 PM (GMT -6)   
I know the stupid instructions say 'apply while standing or your wafer will crease'. pfft. I lie down too! It maybe wrinkles the weensiest bit but that puppy stays on. I have a slight innie so I use Convatec Moldable Convex wafers. It pushes my stoma out a little bit and also turtlenecks up against it. I use nothing but a little stomahesive powder on the prep, no paste, nuttin.

I hope you'll feel well enough soon to call all the ostomy suppliers and request samples. That's the only way I found one that works for me. I struggled and suffered for weeks before finding the right appliance. I think we all do. It's a learning curve that we must all go thru unfortunately leaving lots of red blistered bleeding skin along the way~
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