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hendersonjames
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   Posted 10/18/2008 8:00 PM (GMT -7)   
After several months, I finally got around to watching the video that came with my supplies.  This woman demonstrates how she changes hers.  She does it standing up and in a leisurely manner.
 
My stoma emits, it seems, like every 30-45 seconds although I've never timed it.  I have a hard time cleaning the area getting some cortisone and then a skin barrier applied and dry before the area becomes soiled preventing me from placing the wafer.  It would be a mess to try doing it standing and I have my mother constantly handing scraps of paper towels to absorb the emisions while I trim and paste the wafer.  I shudder to imagine doing this alone.
 
Unless I have a leak I always change first thing in the morning since the nighttime fast minimizes the outputs.
 
Anybody else have this problem?

summerstorm
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   Posted 10/18/2008 8:10 PM (GMT -7)   
this is how i do mine, that seems to help, it's kind of hard to explain though. I get some cheap towels from wal-mart, wash them a whole bunch so they have no lint and then cut them into small squares, and use them instead of papertowels, much cheaper the towels cost 1.50 each, and it takes me usually 3 squares per change, ok, then i have all my stuff ready, i lay my wafer, two towel pieces and a bag on the floor, i stand up, put the tail of the bag i am taking off into the brown trash bag thing that comes with them. I peel it down slowly, cleaning around it, while the bag is still partway on. Ok, right before i pull it all the way off, i push on my stomach right above the stoma, which i learned accidentally will make stuff come out if it is near there. i just do that until nothing comes out anymore. I also have two paper towel squares laying on the cabinet. I remove the whole thing, cover my stoma wtih the paper towel square, kind of wrappign it. i lay down, keepign the stoma covered. Lay the wafter, a paper towel squrae and the bag on my leg. then i very quickly, pull the old towel off put the wafer on and cover with a another towel. Ok, then i press around the wafer quickly making sure i get it down evenly and then snap on the bag. So far, it's worked great.
You can practice doing that with an empty toilet paper roll and some kleenex and pieces of card board.
I hope that helps you some.
Also, i keep four of the boxes that my bags come in, with a wafer, precut, a bag, a trash bag, four towel squares and paste in them, that way if i have a need fro an emergecny change, it's all ready, and before i take anything off, i get the new wafer ready.
It takes me about 8 minutes to do the entire thing, including getting the box out, pasting the wafer, laying stuff out, then cleanign up afterwards.

hendersonjames
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Date Joined Sep 2005
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   Posted 10/19/2008 6:16 PM (GMT -7)   

I don't see any mention of a skin barrier prep in your post.  Do you use one?

I was using Sureprep in the foil packets and then the stoma nurse put me on to Adapt Stoma powder with a spray wetting/setting agent that's supposed to sting less because of allergy problems I was having.

 


summerstorm
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   Posted 10/19/2008 7:19 PM (GMT -7)   
No i don't, i don;t see any reason for iit andi think it decreases my wear time greatly.
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