A hot shower makes Penelope swell up too...I used to change my accessory after showering, but started changing it 'dry' (so to speak) and just use a wet wash cloth and then another dry one to remove moisture. By changing my accessory this route Penelope seems to stay an average size and I'm finding my seal is lasting much longer. I use the combination of Hollister 88300 (new image) and the Coloplast Eakin Seal (love them!). For the Eakin Seal I stretch it a bit to fit Penelope's bottom half closest to my tummy, and then I cut it just in one place so I can lay it around her...Penelope is top heavy
Oh and to keep my accessory dry during showers I use the 3M transparent tape...it's waterproof...and I get it from my medical supply place for $2 a roll. I know there are covers that can be used for showers, but I just prefer not to...I rip the tape into several 1"-2" pieces and place them around the edge of my wafer area. There is some moisture that can get through but it's a lot better than showering with nothing at all. I get an average of 6-8 days of wear time with each accessory.
I'm glad your husband has adjusted to the life of an ostomate!
: ) Robin
29 year old Mommy of an amazing 2 year old and Wife for 3 years!
Dx-May 2007 Moderate/Severe Pancolitis - failed all medications
Proctocolectomy w/ permanent ileostomy on 02/06/09!!!
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