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.