my ileostomy has one side that puts out poop, and one side that puts out mucous, and we think from what was seen yesterday, that the mucus side is putting out just enough, before we get the appliance on, to cause it to not seal good. We think it's all nice and dry, and wham!! the mucus side has put out a little bit, and it isn't noticed, and therefore the seal isn't there, that we think we're getting. I only use powder, if I have redness and irritation. IF yesterday's holds, I should have no skin breakdown tomorrow morning, when i'm supposed to get it changed again at wound care. I didn't have any "breakdown" yesterday, just some redness, that was heading for breakdown, if I hadn't changed it. I hope that makes sense!! I am very on top of catching any leaks before they lead to breakdown. I've been in the position where I was scalded from my ostomy to my left iliac crest, and underneath my pannus.
I appreciate any and all suggestions!!
I don't use a blowdryer to get rid of excess powder, because most of the time, I am at work when I have leaks. I have the little mirror that came with my original scissors etc, and use that as a fan, to get rid of excess powder and try to make sure everything is dry. When i'm at work, I take a ton of washclothes, and towels with me to change it. I started only taking a few, and always ran out. <G> I don't have to do the laundry, just pick up after myself, so I don't worry about how much I use.
I'm listening to what everyone has to say, and keep reminding myself that March is less than two weeks away. My appointment to discuss reconnection is less than 3 weeks away. (march 5th). I can do this!!