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elizedge
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   Posted 3/26/2010 3:12 PM (GMT -7)   
got a pack of these with no instructions, any help would be appreciated! (web search useless) thanks!

polishdan
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   Posted 3/27/2010 5:58 PM (GMT -7)   
Are they coloplast filtrodors? If so they are useless. The first time you lay down it plugs up and you cannot unplug it. What you need is a product called EZ-VENT. Do you wear a one piece pouch? If so you just stick the EZ-VENT on the outside of the pouch and punch as many holes as possible in the pouch through the vent opening. The instructions only apply to two piece pouches. Ignore it. You manually open the vent cap to let the gas out. Overnight it may plug up but you just open it with a toothpick. When you shower open the vent and let water squirt in to open it up and you are good for the day. I have used them for thw whole 2 1/2 years I have had my ileostomy. This will make sense when you get a package of the vents. Just get them from your usual supplier. Send a post when you get some. If you need any help, just ask.

Dan

elizedge
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   Posted 3/27/2010 6:16 PM (GMT -7)   
awesome, thanks so much!

polishdan
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   Posted 3/27/2010 6:25 PM (GMT -7)   
They have a website kemonline.com

Equestrian Mom
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   Posted 3/28/2010 5:20 PM (GMT -7)   
personally, the ez-vents are way too complicated:( and they clog, too. I don't have time to 'prepare' the pouch to put a hole in it and hope that the vent doesn't pull/fall off.

With ileos any filter will have a short life span because our output is so liquid. You could use the gel-tabs to thicken the ostomy pouch contents and extend the filter life...also, the Hollister pouches with filters have the longest life (a good 3 days w/my ileo) I have found (and I've tried them ALL) and you don't need to cover them with a sticker to shower:)
Crohn’s dx 1989
some terrible years before my
Proctocolectomy in 2008


elizedge
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   Posted 3/28/2010 5:41 PM (GMT -7)   
I have a colostomy with EXTRA colon, so my output is quite solid- pancaking is an issue for me, that's why they clog, also the Adapt I use to make them more slippery. I'm going to try the vents, also spraying the bags with Pam instead of the Adapt- I use closed bags because my type of ostomy doesn't lend itself to emptying the bags- (kind of a "toothpaste" thing, ewww) Thanks, I'll let you know how it goes, I appreciate the helpful hints from everyone!http://www.healingwell.com/community/emoticons/cool.gif

Equestrian Mom
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   Posted 3/28/2010 5:50 PM (GMT -7)   
elizedge~if they are that solid, have you thought about irrigation?
Crohn’s dx 1989
some terrible years before my
Proctocolectomy in 2008


elizedge
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   Posted 3/28/2010 6:18 PM (GMT -7)   
at least at this point, my colostomy is temporary, I had a genetic predisposition to extra colon (unknown to me) and years of a high fiber diet stretched it out to where is got looped and blocked (volvulus) The surgeon removed almost 3 feet and STILL left extra in there for a reattachment (supposed to be in June) I have no other issues as far as I know (getting my first colonoscopy in April or May) and I understand irrigating takes awhile to get "normalized" so there's really no point in going thru the trouble (also I have no insurance so all the equipment is at my expense)
I will definitely investigate irrigation if this is going to take longer or the reversal doesn't work (no reason to believe it won't as yet)
thanks!

polishdan
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   Posted 3/29/2010 3:04 PM (GMT -7)   
OHIO76

What is complicated about EZ-VENTS? All you do is rub a little alcohol on the pouch and stick it on. They have never fallen off for me. When they do plug up it's easy to open up. And you don't have to cover them in the shower. That's the best time to clean it out. I wear my pouch for 4 or 5 days without vent failure.

Dan

Equestrian Mom
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   Posted 3/29/2010 3:24 PM (GMT -7)   
My ostomy pouches have a cover on them (which I like) and for all the effort, I'd rather use a regular filter that comes with it:) That's why this forum is great...we all have different preferences:) and we can share them with each other.
Crohn’s dx 1989
some terrible years before my
Proctocolectomy in 2008

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