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   Posted 3/1/2009 8:35 AM (GMT -6)   
well ladies and gents, I worked two nights in a row, 12 hour shifts, without a leak. I changed my ostomy thursday night, with a little help with from a friend. We couldn't stop laughing, because two of my cats were so interested in helping me. They wanted to have there pointed little noses in everything. I finally had to call Nita in to try to keep them back, instead they got shut out of the bedroom. I think i'm going to take a blow dryer to work with me from now on, I think I melted the bag to my skin. <G>

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   Posted 3/1/2009 9:41 AM (GMT -6)   
YAY i am so happy that you are doing good with it!
Now just remember exactly what you did and you will good fromnow on, lol.

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   Posted 3/1/2009 10:51 AM (GMT -6)   
That's great news! How cute that your cats wanted to help.

Dx'd Crohn's in '99 at 28. Proctocolectomy and ileostomy in '06.
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   Posted 3/1/2009 5:04 PM (GMT -6)   
I think what I did, was try to melt it on with the hairdryer. <G>

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   Posted 3/1/2009 7:01 PM (GMT -6)   
Well done, see you can do it :)

My cats like to 'help' me too. In fact, one of them will stand on top of my bag and Eakin Seals etc that I set out on the sink to make sure they don't fall onto the floor. It's hard to get her to shift so I can actually take them and use them lol The other one stands guard at the door to make sure no one comes in to attack her meowmie while she's changing her bag (we live alone - just me and the kitties) lol
I have had an ileostomy for 33 years now due to UC.
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   Posted 3/1/2009 11:22 PM (GMT -6)   
i've done it before, it's just that i've never had it stick this long. I'll get it changed tomorrow, in time to go to work again. I think i'll take my blow dryer with me. <G> I think I know what I did, to get it to stick this time, besides adding in a little cat hair. <G> I used the blow dryer, and added paste just at the point, where it always leaks, and rolled a piece of the eakins ring, and added it right where it always leaks. I think, heck I don't know, that may be what helped.

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   Posted 3/2/2009 8:26 AM (GMT -6)   

Yep, you are doing the trial and error approach. That is what we all have to do to "find" that perfect fit for us. It seems that we can give you the method and hints, but everyone is just so different. A little tweek here and there and wah-lah, you have an appliance that you can gain confidance with! So good to hear your experiences....
Diagnosed with CD in 1979, many resections and meds
Perm Ileostomy July 1984 at Cleveland Clinic
Disease free since surgery 

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   Posted 3/2/2009 9:30 AM (GMT -6)   
thank you peggy!! I hope to have it just a few more weeks, now that I finally am able to get it to stick...<G> I see the surgeon thursday.
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