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   Posted 3/22/2009 7:29 PM (GMT -6)   
Do people put theirs on laying down or standing up.... my stoma stands up higher when lying down. Would that make me leak easier?

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   Posted 3/22/2009 7:51 PM (GMT -6)   
Yes, it probably would make you less leaky. I do mine sitting down (with my feet up usually!) b/c that used to be the only position I could get a halfway decent seal on--now I just do it b/c I'm used to it

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   Posted 3/22/2009 8:33 PM (GMT -6)   
I prefer changing my appliance while standing up.

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   Posted 3/22/2009 8:36 PM (GMT -6)   
Honest truth...I change my appliances while sitting on the toilet b/c I'm always afraid of the uncontrolled output. I use a paper towel under my stoma and if it gets dirty I just throw it in the Wal-Mart sack or little trash bag that I'm using to throw my old appliance and new appliance packaging in. To make sure I get a smooth seal I kind of pull on my skin to tighten it a bit as I apply the wafer. I also use the Eakin seals (a half of one) and that has stopped ALL my leaking issues...I've not leaked once since I started using them.
: )  Robin
28 year old Mommy of an amazing 1 year old and Wife for 2 years!
Dx-May 2007 Moderate/Severe Pancolitis - failed all medications
Proctocolectomy w/ permanent ileostomy on 02/06/09!!!
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   Posted 3/22/2009 8:51 PM (GMT -6)   
Eakin Seals are great!!! Standing up for me.
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 3/22/2009 10:23 PM (GMT -6)   
I stand, too.

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

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   Posted 3/23/2009 4:25 AM (GMT 0)   
I do it laying down

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   Posted 3/22/2009 10:38 PM (GMT -6)   
i do it laying down, cause then all my fat smooths out and i dont have to worry about pulling my skin tight!
as for the output, i keep it covered except for the 5 seconds it takes me to put the wafer over the stoma then the cloth goes right back on!

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   Posted 3/23/2009 12:00 AM (GMT -6)   
You know all this I do it laying, down, standing up and sitting sounds funny.


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   Posted 3/23/2009 12:07 AM (GMT -6)   
I do it laying down, because i've never been successful doing it standing up. Plus I usually try to take a nap, or go to bed for the night, after I change appliances.

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   Posted 3/23/2009 12:22 AM (GMT -6)   
I do it kind of kneeling so I can see what I'm doing. When I first got it my mom would change it for me and I would lay down, but when I had to do it myself I found it hard to do while lying down.
thanks, Dusti

Diagnosed with colonic inertia at 13 years old, had my colon removed.
Diagnosed with rectal inertia at 16 years old, had my rectum removed and had a jpouch made.
Diagnosed with small bowel inertia at 18 years old, and got an ileostomy wich I still have. I am 27 now.
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   Posted 3/23/2009 12:53 PM (GMT -6)   
Standing up at the sink...Eakin Seal is a must!
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