Hello...I've just joined HealingWell.com. I've never been in a chat room before but I have some problems that I thought someone could help me with. I had colon cancer and radiation in 1986 and have been cancer-free ever since. I started having problems, as a result of the radiation, about
10 years ago with blockages. One of my ureters started breaking down and I had stents placed to keep it
open. I got my colostomy in May 2006 as a result of a colovesical fistula, (probably all spelled wrong) and bi-lateral nephrostomies in August. I made out pretty well with all of that....fewer blockages until I had a bowel rupture in January, 2008. I received an ill-placed ileostomy through a 9+ hour emergency surgery and then the fun really began. I rarely have blockages now and when I do, they don't last long....usually a day is the longest. My diet has changed for the better. I can eat most anything.....even steak. I do stay away from really spicy foods. My stoma is flat to concave and is about
1-1/4" long and 1/2" wide. It retracts up to an inch while trying to eliminate. Needless to say, it is hard to find a barrier to fit, much less stay on. I used to be able to keep one on sometimes for 3 days. Then it went to 2 days and now, just one day, if I'm lucky. The acid just disolves the glue rings and the barriers and in the process, leaks out under it and burns the skin. Sometimes the skin is so raw, it bleeds. I've spoken with nurses with the Hollister company and tried the things they've told me and nothing works. Does anyone have a problem even close or have any suggestions. I really need and would appreciate some help.