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   Posted 11/2/2008 5:10 PM (GMT -6)   
I have been reading here all day and I am sooo glad I found this place! I now feel like I am not the only person on earth dealing with this.
I have a couple of questions/issues I need help with since I am new at this ostomy thing:
Leakage - I seem to have a problem with my wafer coming up on one side (closest to bellybutton) and eventually leaking. There is a bit of a lower place there. I use Convatec 2 pc with Durahesive. I also use Stomahesive around stoma before applying wafer. I do put more on this side due to this issue, but not seeming to be effective.
Showering - I seem to have problems with wafer and adhesive part getting wet in shower and eventually leaking. Is there a "cure" for this.
Any help with these issues would be greatly appreciated!

Sigmoid Colectomy - 01/10/2006 - due to volvulos in colon
Adhesion Removal - 10/10/2007 - strangulation of small intestine
Sub-Total Colectomy - 9/16/2008 - Enlarged colon
Temp. Ileostomy - 10/03/2008 - Emergency surgery due to complications from sub-total
Reversal Surgery - ????

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Date Joined Aug 2006
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   Posted 11/2/2008 9:20 PM (GMT -6)   
hi, i am in NC too!
Anyway, are you still using the skin prep? that could be part of your problem with the shower.
As for the other, how long is the seal lasting?

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Date Joined Mar 2008
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   Posted 11/2/2008 9:24 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi momof3,

I, too, found this site to be so comforting when I found I was going to have to get an ileostomy! The people here are so welcoming, and give great advice as well. :)

I have had my ileostomy for about 5 months now, and I had problems at first with getting the wafer to stick well (I use Coloplast Assura extended wear wafers, which are great for me-). I also use paste like you do.

The trick I found from someone on this website that really helped me was: right after you put on your new wafer, grab a hair dryer and put it on the Hot setting (blowing low, not fast) and use it to heat up the wafer (it will get hot fast!), then press down on it with your hands while it is warm.

For me, the REALLY made my wafer stick better (absolutely NO problems in the shower after that!).

Also, (I am not sure how long you have had your stoma for-) when I first started using wafers, the tiny blonde hairs on my belly I think would not allow the wafer to stick the best that it can. Now, after having wafers stuck on and ripped off for 5 months, I think I pulled every one of those tiny hairs out, so now the skin is smoother and the wafer sticks better.

--Hope this helps! :)


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   Posted 11/2/2008 10:01 PM (GMT -6)   

Mom of 3, welcome to Healing Well! smilewinkgrin

I had the exact same problem in the beginning, and here's what worked for me. I ordered a larger size wafer, and cut the hole to the left of center, so that when I put it on my skin, it moved the wafer to the right and farther away from my belly button.

I shave all of the blonde hairs off around my stoma, so I don't pull them out one by one (ouch!) and do not use skin prep either, since it is built into my wafer. I have also had good results with the Coloplast Assura Extended Wear wafer. It's the Energizer Bunny of wafers, because it lasts and lasts and lasts! 

I just put some Stomahesive paste around the opening of the hole that I cut, and press it onto my skin, holding it down for about 30 seconds to warm it up and get a good seal.

Since I get a good seal, I have not have any leakage problems nor do I have to cover it in the shower. Some people use Glad Press 'n Seal to cover their appliances in the shower.

Hope these tips help!

Dx'd Crohn's in '99 at 28. Proctocolectomy and ileostomy in '06.
Disease-free, medicine-free, and very thankful to be healthy again :)

Equestrian Mom
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   Posted 11/3/2008 7:09 PM (GMT -6)   
welcome to the site, too!!

You've already gotten some GREAT hints...and I did have the same problem you are having! My solution was to find a wafer that worked with my stomach better. Not only do I have the belly button area thing (note, I said "area" because I haven't had a belly button in 8 years!!!) the lower part of my stomach changes quickly so most wafers would pull from that area too. Eakin seals work great and can build up low can use them as a ring or cut them to any size shape you might need.

If you go the United Ostomy Association website: you will find a list of the major suppliers. Go on to their websites and order different (free samples) wafer/pouches to see if you can find one that might work better for you.

Like flchurchlady said, you shouldn't have to worry about the showering...most of us do not cover the applicance and do not have any issues with the wafer lifting. But, I did just find a GREAT new product for me, they are called Sure Seals and they are a breathable seal you can put over your wafter tape and it helps keep leaks from getting through and/or keeps the wafer tape from getting wet. It allowed me to dry with a towel, get dressed and hairdryer:)!!
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