trigirl - Sorry for the delayed reply. I had a busy weekend. The barrier that I use is the Hollister Adapt ring. I take a portion of it and form it into a ring that I put on the bottom of the wafer around the hole I cut before I put the wafer on. I also take a small piece and turn it into a snake roll to fill in a crease that I now have following surgery. Some people use Eakin seals or barrier cream. Basically, it fills in the dips and makes it so that the wafer goes on closer to flat and also helps protect the skin around the stoma.
I have some potentially good news for you. I got switched to a Convatec wafer during my visit to the stoma nurse last week due to skin issues. It's not the moldable but hopefully yours has the same "tupperware" connection. I can connect my Hollister bag (18282 - short, beige, w/ filter) to the Convatec wafer. I had to push hard to get it on and so I put it on the wafer before I put the wafer on me, a process that was recommended by the nurse anyway since it's not a floating flange, but it fit!! I've had no leaks since I put it on Saturday morning. I wouldn't want to change my bag in between wafer changes w/ this setup right now b/c my my abdomen is still sensitive and I'm guessing it would hurt to push that hard on it to get the new bag on. I'm with you, I am enjoying having the filter back (the gas buildup in the Convatec bag was annoying) and not having the long bag (my thighs are thanking me - no more rubbing). I know that Convatec does have a shorter bag but the one my nurse showed me used a clip for closure and I'm just not comfortable with the thought of a bag w/ a clip at this point. I like velcro.
Hopefully with the stitch out and the wafer cut to the right size the granulated tissue will heal and you will feel better. Good luck!
I think you must have the same weather I'm having - it's just good weather to sleep in. I don't feel motivated to do anything today...
Ducridr - 35 - female
Diagnosed w/ severe pancolitis 11/20/2007
Asacol - 6 (400mg) 2x/day, Xifaxin 2 (200mg) 2x/day, Prednisone 15 mg (started at 40mg Nov 08 - off June 09), multi-vitamin, calcium and vit d supplement, potassium supplement, B-12 supplement, Junel FE (BCP),metamucil capsule (1/day) Coumadin (for blood clot) 5mg/day, 1st Remicade treatment 2/4/2009, 2nd - 2/18/09. Currently getting Remicade every 4 weeks.
First of 3 surgery's to get a j-pouch on 8/21/2009!!!