Ohio76, I'm having the 3-step so I probably will have to wear the appliance for the next 9 months or so. I got a lot of input from the stoma nurses at the hospital so I kind of know what I want/need. The problem is that at the hospital they send you home with all transparent pouches, because that's what they have there. My Hollister box that arrived this week had one sample of a 2-piece skin-colored one and I'm wearing it right now. It makes me feel so much better that I don't have to see everything and I'm less concerned about
my kids seeing that one then the clear one. There's also a mini opaque one in the box and some more clear ones. I'm going to call Hollister this afternoon and see if they can send me some more samples and ask about
some different options. I've already had visits from home health care nurses but while they were helpful, I didn't get the impression that they knew a whole lot about
the appliance options that are out there. I'm suppose to get a box from Coloplast too, so hopefully that will have some skin-colored samples too. I don't know why, it just makes a huge difference to me. I will check out the M9 drops. Sounds like something I need to invest in. Thanks for the suggestions.
Diagnosed with UC in Feb. 2005
Asacol, Colazal, Prednisone, Rectal Meds, Remicade, Humira
Now UC Free!
First step of j-pouch - April 1, 2010
Second Step - TBD
Third Step - TBD