Oscar is ouchie...help?

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   Posted 1/12/2010 3:20 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Everyone,
Oscar (my colostomy) has been acting up the last few weeks. He drops below skin surface when he is passing stool. On the lower right side, the skin has now broken into a open sore and bleeds and when Oscar poop's, the poop stay's around the opening. I have tried a combination of: eakin rings', convex appliance, flat appliance and paste. Nothing is working to keep the skin covered. I have even tried cutting the skin barrier's smaller and surrounding Oscar with paste/eakin. Still dosen't work. My ostomy nurse is aware and has told me "you need to lose approx. 5lbs in your tummy area....Im ok with that, HOWEVER what should I do in the interm? I have a meeting with my nurse on Thursday afternoon and am afraid she will just tell me the same thing "firm up your tummy area" ACK!! Im currently cleaning Oscar every time I feel stool, and really need some thought's/guidance folks!!!!!
Oh....and off topic...whats up with Pinapple?? I ate some and now have stringy pieces that Oscar does not like to pass. ick. Any other food that should be avoided?
RX Crohn's 1999, over 30 surgeries, 3 strokes, permanent colostomy and rectum removal.
"The most unfortunate thing that happens to a person who fears failure is that he limits himself by becoming afraid to try anything new."

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   Posted 1/12/2010 7:41 PM (GMT -6)   
You got me on that one. Any suggestions folks???? Good luck!
Crohn's Disease, Colostomy due to cancer and I make darned good dill pickles.

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   Posted 1/25/2010 10:32 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Allison

I am having the same problem with my Ileostomy. It is so flushed with the skin almost recessed that nothing I do is keeping the stool from leaking onto the skin around my stoma. The skin around my stoma is all red and bleeding and it is very painful. I have been in tears lately. I have a nurse coming this week to look at it, but I was wondering if you ever figured out what to do about your problem? Thanks in advance....

1994 - exploratory laparoscopy
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2000 - total hysterectomy - laparotomy
2001 - laparotomy removal of mass which was adhesions
2001 - laparotomy due to complications of previous surgery
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2009 - 12/17/09  laparospic subtotal colectomy with anastamosis and removal of adhesions
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   Posted 1/25/2010 10:52 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm not sure if you've cured your problem but I'm wondering if you use just the convex appliance it would help. Is it possible that the extra buildup directly under the wafer opening is preventing Oscar from spitting into the wafer? I'm new to the whole convexity thing but it's something I wonder each time I put my extra buildup under my convex wafer as Arnold is still shrinking and is getting closer and closer to level with my skin.

BTW - OT - Have you ridden your motorcycle w/ your ileo yet? I'm wondering how it feels since riding season may arrive for me prior to takedown and I'm not sure what to expect. I got cleared to ride w/ my end ileo but put the bike away and then kicked myself as we had a nice long end of summer/fall.

Good Luck!
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   Posted 1/26/2010 12:45 AM (GMT -6)   
My nurse switched me to a convex appliance that is pre-cut. I put the appliance right ON the skin, no more using paste/eakin and then appliance. So when I change it's...
1. Put Colopast Ostomy Powder on skin, dab with wet paper towel to make it stickable.
2. Place Hollister New Image, Flexwear convex pre-sized skin barrier with tape, over Oscar, apply pressure for a few minutes.
3. Take 1/2 an Adapt barrier ring, mould it into a ring and place around Oscar on TOP of the skin barrier.
4. I put a few drops of Hollister's Adapt lubricating deodorant into my pouch. I use Hollister's mini closed pouch with filter.
5. Then I wear the belt for a few hours to make sure everything is stuck.
I've been vigilant about cleaning Oscar every time I feel something. Everytime I open the pouch and clean him (everything still sit's on him/in barrier, nothing goes into pouch) I spread the barrier ring back over the part of my skin that sits slightly lower then the rest of the skin. I have to add the other half of the barrier ring about a day and a half into wear time, and sometimes will use a little bit of paste. I get 3 days of wear time, I could go longer but it's most comfortable if I give him a fresh set of clothes every 3 days.
I don't have an ileo, Oscar is my colostomy!! I just had the surgery on Nov.23, so no motorcycle riding yet!! Living in northern Alberta, we have about a 6 week riding season...lol. I've been assured that everything will be totally fine, so in about 4 1/2 - 5 months i'll let you know!!!

RX Crohn's 1999, over 30 surgeries, 3 strokes, permanent colostomy and rectum removal.
"The most unfortunate thing that happens to a person who fears failure is that he limits himself by becoming afraid to try anything new."

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