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   Posted 7/2/2009 2:56 PM (GMT -6)   
I had my first bag blowout last week. Was wearing a one piece hollister and on my walk. about 30 mins from home, I realized a lot of thick output was coming fast. Tried to smoothe it down and then realized it had broken through the barrier area and poo was coming fast. Called my husband who brought came zooming in our car. Thank goodness!

So yesterday, we had a trip to Yankee stadium planned--taking our dads for their shared birthday. My husband kind of bugged me not to pack a big purse. I took my scissors out and only packed one replacement bag, stoma powder, 2 adhesive remover wipes, and 1 barrier wipe. I changed my bag to a coloplast 1 piece. I don't like it as much as the hollister new image 2 peice b/c I bought a box of transparents and the filter gets poopy but this is usually my go-to bag. I had just put the bag on and we had a 45 min ride to my folks' house. Thank goodness the bag was transparent and I went in to check on things. Poo had built up and broken through the whole barrier area, just about to reach outward. My pants weren't even tight! UGH! Of course, this is the only time I have just 1 extra bag and we have 2 hours to Yankee stadium, a full 9 innings, and a 2 hour ride back.

Still being a ostomy newbie, I freaked out. Because I couldn't stop crying, even though I'm 37 I had to have my mom call around to find a medical supply place that carries ostomy supplies. Well, we get there and they have a lot of supplies but no one-pieces without tape borders and NO BARRIERS and BAGS that match!. Not only that but the owner of the store comes out to help me and has NO idea that the products are color coded and the first thing he tries to match up is a urostomy pouch (I have an ileo). I had to tell him it was for urine. I seriously had to teach him about the appliances. $139 later, I got the only barriers and bags that matched--convatec natura--I've never tried them.

Of course, it was all just-in-case. But we are just-in-case people! I left a barrier and 2 bags at my folks' house. I learned my lesson--I'll never leave without 2 bags again!!
24+ years with Crohn's/colitis; fistulizing crohn's; ileostomy and proctocolectomy; propranolol and xanax; been on a ton of crohn's meds; praying to get through each day.

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   Posted 7/2/2009 6:38 PM (GMT -6)   
you poor thing! i'm sorry that happened to you!
I have two sets in my purse and then one set in my trunk. i don think the one in my trunk would hold very long if i had to change to it, because of the fact that it gets so hot here.

Anyway, sounds like you handled it fairly well though.

And you learned a valuable lesson, lol.

Equestrian Mom
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   Posted 7/2/2009 6:49 PM (GMT -6)   
Oh Sammies! I hope it was a good game :-)

I actually went several YEARS without carrying a backup...then I used to just leave a backup in my car, but that didn't help if I wasn't now I just have a cute makeup bag in my purse. One thing I did learn: I put soap on a piece of paper towel and seal it in a sandwich baggie and put it with my stuff and all I'd need to do is wet it...that way I know I have residue free soap to clean up any messes!!

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   Posted 7/3/2009 9:47 AM (GMT -6)   
oh what a smart idea! i never thought of that,lol.
i never thought of how you could get the icky off of you!

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   Posted 7/4/2009 12:12 AM (GMT -6)   
I carry MANY replacements in a little bag (that hollister sent me). And some in the car, and some in the diaper bag. Just in case..........

Sammies. I think you will learn to not use skin prep. I use to use them too (cause that's what they taught me at the hosp.) but people here urged me to try without preps-the bags were designed to be used without them (and many brands say to NOT use them-like hollister). Now I don't use them. I think the appliances last longer without them.

AND what kind of ostomy store was that....?!?!?!?!

So sorry you had to go through all that. It's very disheartening to experience. BUT it gets better. And blunders are coming fewer and farther between.
28 yrs. old. married with one beautiful daughter (born 11/20/07)
-diagnosed with severe pancolitis u/c 2002 had total colectomy 12/19/08; emergency surgery due to abscess-had to redo ileostomy and switch to left side 12/25/08; 2/15/09 found blood clot in superior mesenteric vein (prob. from inf. and surgery inflammation)
coumadin, prenatal vit.
(temporary ileostomy....maybe)

"Things turn out the best for those who make the best of the way things turn out."

Liza D
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   Posted 7/4/2009 7:01 PM (GMT -6)   
It seems like I'll never get used to this back. I only have 6 1/2 weeks left with my little buddy. But today we changed my wafer (2 pc Hollister). The stoma was so active today. My husband helps with all wafer changes in case I need something I won't have to get up- also while I prep the appliance, he wipes anything that comes out. Boy he was busy today! Just after we got everything clean it just started gushing! All over the stoma powder we JUST put on. It was thick; it was watery; I mean just a mess.

I'm just glad he was there because calming him down keeps me calm. Other wise I would have just given up and sat in the bath tub until it stopped.

I am keeping all my horror stories on a blog. I also have a "Colitis Box" filled with empty med bottles, colonoscopy pictures, hospital bracelets, sonogram pictures of the baby I lost due to the blood loss, etc. When this is all over I am putting all these feelings of frustration with it and putting it all in the back of the closet. If I can get through this... I can get through anything.

I have never had one pop on me but my nurses said I empty way more than everyone else... As an out of work sick girl, I have nothing better to do than empty my bag! :)
UC (Pancolitis... 90%!) December 2001
Arthritis (2003)
Upper GI Ulcer (2006)
Osteopenia (2008)
Depression/Anxiety (2002)
J-Pouch May 2009

Meds just stopped working so I took the problem out! No more colon and all kinds of excitement!

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   Posted 7/4/2009 9:06 PM (GMT -6)   
Liza i dont know what your change ritual is but this is how i lessened the amount of stuff coming out.
I stand up and pull half the bag off, where the mess still goes in the bag And then, if you press on your stomach, right above the stoma and over a little bit, if there is anything in there fixing to come out, it will go ahead and come out. I learned that by accident, lol.
Anyway i leave the bag hanging on at the bottom until i am almost done cleaning and all, and i have everything ready. i pull thebag off very quickly, cover with a towel. Lay down, grab my wafer and my clean towel. Pick up the dirty towel, put the wafer on and then cover with the clean towel right away. (now i dont use any powder or anything though, and i already have my paste on my wafer) then i smooth around the outside of the wafer for a minute, still holding the towel, then remove the towel and quickly attacch the bag. And i do occasionally have problems, but not nearly as much as i did before i figured out this system.

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   Posted 7/4/2009 10:24 PM (GMT -6)   
Lisa--I hope things get better! I leave paper towels under the stoma and then spray it here and there with cold water. It doesn't always keep the stoma from spilling but it does seem to help.

Summerstorm--I sometimes wipe the stoma while leaving the bag halfway on. I hadn't thought of doing that when changing--good idea.

Well, after all my adventures this week, I decided to try the convatec natura barrier/bag I bought from the clueless pharmacist. I didn't like the tape-like edges and the tail is so darn long that I had to make sure it didn't wind up in the toilet water (b/c I'm short) but it seemed to be working ok. Got home from a friend's house tonight and realized the darn thing was leaking through the filter! UGH!

So, I showered and then pulled it off. WHEW does that thing stick! It took tons of water, soap, 3 of convatec's own adhesive remover wipes, a ton of paper towels and my husband coming in to get me a wet washcloth (usually I just use the spray bottle to wet the tp ap and paper towels). What a guy--there I was nude on the toilet after my shower with Little Stoma twisting and turning around and he had to come in.

So, tonight I'm trying coloplast sensura click. So far, hollister new image 2 piece is winning.
24+ years with Crohn's/colitis; fistulizing crohn's; ileostomy and proctocolectomy; propranolol and xanax; been on a ton of crohn's meds; praying to get through each day.

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