anyone ever read the instructions?

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   Posted 7/30/2009 11:16 PM (GMT -6)   
So i was looking at the instructions on the paste the other day, and this cracked me up, it shows it in picture form.
And it shows the person with the stoma uncovered.  Then it shows to take the cap off the paste, put the paste on the wafer, peel the edge off the wafer, put the wafer on, then put the cap back on, BEFORE you put your bag on!
I just foudn this funny because we all know you should have all that stuff done before you take the cover off your stoma, you dont want that thing uncovered any longer than it has to be!  I cant imagine standign there with it uncovered spouting everywhere doing all that stuff!
Oh and have any of you ever touched your stoma?  it feels so icky, lol.

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   Posted 7/31/2009 2:49 PM (GMT -6)   
Soooo funny, Summerstorm. It is really apparent that the person writing these instructions has no clue

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   Posted 7/31/2009 6:00 PM (GMT -6)   
Oh my gosh!! I was so grossed out the first time I touched it!! It is so yucky feeling!!!

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   Posted 7/31/2009 8:11 PM (GMT -6)   
I kind of think the stoma feels kind of cool and wierd. Just be careful that you don't accidently scrape it with you fingernail, it bleeds alot if you do
thanks, Dusti

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   Posted 7/31/2009 10:43 PM (GMT -6)   
have you looked at the demo instruction pics on some of convatec's bag/wafer products? The woman has perfect skin and no incision scars at all!
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 7/31/2009 11:56 PM (GMT -6)   
I've brushed at it with my finger when I get Cavilon spray on it. It raised my ick factor a bit but nothing too bad.

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   Posted 8/1/2009 9:24 PM (GMT -6)   
I've accidently brushed my arm up against it at times and am totally grossed out. I get the gags. YUCK.
with the bag on, i'm always pushing on it. Kind of a habit now. It helps me to know the status of it. (leaking, swelling, shrinking)
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)

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   Posted 8/1/2009 9:39 PM (GMT -6)   
oh i cant stand to touch it at all, i know it doesnt have nerves or whatever but it feels like i am all crawly anytime something touches it, ick

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   Posted 8/2/2009 12:18 AM (GMT -6)   
I shower with my bag off and touch my stoma constantly while cleaning around it, it doesn't gross me out at all. Sure it's a little slimy, but so are many other things, it's actually a very fascinating thing to watch lol
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   Posted 8/2/2009 2:02 AM (GMT -6)   
After 20 years with an ostomy, touching my stoma is no different than touching my nose....and luckily they both work just fine!!
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