Question about air in bag

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   Posted 10/29/2008 7:55 PM (GMT -6)   
I am using the hollister new image lock and roll bag with filter two piece....the first one i used seem to burp itself but all the ones i have used since then do not...i have to burp it myself....i think that the nurse at the hospital told me all you had to do is mash on the top of the bag and the air would be released through the filter....but when i tried that the bag unrolled and i almost had a disaster on my there any way other than just unrolling like your gonna drain and let t he air out?

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   Posted 10/29/2008 8:28 PM (GMT -6)   
i wouldn't try pushing on it, that doesnt sound like a good idea to me! the filter should work on it's on.
If you have only had your ileo for a short time you are gonna be having alot of gas at first and the filter might just not bekeeping up, or if your output is really really watery sometimes the filter will stop working. You can always just open the very top of the bag, like disconnect it from the wafer and let the air out. I used to do it that way, until i had a disaster one day, so now i just go to thebathroom and empty it and let the air out then.

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   Posted 10/29/2008 9:41 PM (GMT -6)   
I am with summerstorm..........let the air out but BE CAREFUL. Sometimes you think it is "just air" but it is poo. Make sure all of the contents in the bag are pushed all the way down before you open it, otherwise, it will be a mess! Also, make sure that when you "burp" it that you make sure that is closed completely. One time I did not close a corner and ended up with a HUGE mess! I made sure that did not happen again. good luck.
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   Posted 10/30/2008 4:59 AM (GMT -6)   
I use those pouches, too, and find them to work the best...I do know what you are talking about, tho, and it only happens to me at two times...when I eat something with ALOT of gas (so much it makes "foam") or when I lay down to sleep. The latter corrects itself as soon as I use the bathroom and then the filter resumes its job. The first one is MORE difficult and I do go to the bathroom to drain that since if I try to "burp" it from the seal, the foam EXPLODES!!! And, like the others have said...makes a huge mess...and you have to be VERY careful that you get it closed correctly.

I hope it gets better for you:)

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   Posted 10/30/2008 6:20 PM (GMT -6)   
I also have the same hollister 2-piece system. Change your bags every 2 to 3 days and they shouldn't balloon up. I change the wafers every Sunday morning. If and when they do balloon up, just burp them and make sure you get everything sealed tightly again. At night if it balloons up, I just lay on my side and make sure everything goes to the bottom and then burp it, I also make sure I don't feel any resistance when I squeeze the bag near the top to force the gas out. I get foam too every once in a while, but never any exploding messes. Pretty interesting stuff.
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   Posted 10/31/2008 7:55 PM (GMT -6)   
I do what Summerstorm does and just empty it all at once while in the restroom.

Dx'd Crohn's in '99 at 28. Proctocolectomy and ileostomy in '06.
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