So I have been pretty proud of myself since getting my ileostomy--I had not had ANY problems with the bags of wafers I was using at all. My wafer stuck well for up to a week, the bags I use worked well, etc. No One leak ever since getting my bag!
Well, last night I made the mistake of eating a big bowl of ice cream before bed (I couldn't resist). I am usually a VERY light sleeper, and always seem to wake up whenever my bag gets about
halfway full in the night so that I can empty it. However, yesterday I was so exhausted from working late the past 3 days in a row, so when I went to sleep, I slept hard through most of the night until I suddenly woke up--
Picture this: I am still half asleep and laying on my left side, and I reached down to feel if my bag was full out of habit--but THERE WAS NO BAG THERE! A shot of adrenaline went through me as I realized I was feeling just my little stoma through my shirt and Nothing covering it!! I wanted to jump out of bed, but I very carefully (did not want to make any more of a mess) turned on my light and saw that the entire bag had detached, and it was sitting on the bed and leaning against my belly VERY full and as I said, NOT Attached! It must have literally blown off due to too much gas built up in it!!!! (A few times, I have woke up with my bag like a balloon, and I always wondered if it would/could ever truly pop off....well, it can!)
The good news was that the bag actually stayed sitting upright (which I still can't believe), so not much actually leaked out onto my bed/sheets. I somehow managed to carry the bag by the top of it to the bathroom without spilling anything on the floor, but all my clothes I had to trash....I also had to wake up my husband and say "babe I need to change the sheets!" at 4:00 in the morning. :( He joked about
it and helped my change them. He is a wonderful man. :)
Summer--I read in one of your posts that you have a waterproof thing under you when you sleep--I just got one today to give me peace of mind! :)
I can't believe I go from no leaks ever to my whole bag being blown off in my bed...! I actually keep laughing to myself--mainly because of how horrified I was when I woke up--about
the whole thing. :) What are you going to do, you know?
Just had to share here, because there is no way in H*** that I would ever tell this story to anyone else!
Post Edited (LittleE) : 12/12/2008 7:32:07 PM (GMT-7)