I recently got one of those stretchy wasteband things. I was going to come on here later and rave about
how fantastic they are. I mainly like them as:
1. I can wear short shirts that would usually show my bag when i lift my arms in the air.
2. I can wear tighter-to-normal shirts without having to wear a tight singlet underneath to prevent the edges of my bag poking into my shirt and therefore me seeing the outline of it.
But, I've found another benefit.
They keep your poo in.
(it's in dot point to prevent myself from writing an essay)
Changed the bag, seal seemed fine, seemed great actually.
Put the waste band on and went to work.
1.5 hours later, emptied, all was swell :p
another 1.5 hours later, I smelt something, it wasn't a bad smell & it was one of those smells that you could only barely smell.
30 minutes later, I'm driving home from work, decide to stop at the automatic laser car wash (My car has only been cleaned once in 2 years, HA! ).
So I'm in the car, while its being washed and I notice my shirt has a damp patch.
I lift it up... I notice the wasteband is wet....
I pull back the top of the band and there it is, poo all over the place.
I can't go anywhere, as the moment I step out the door, I'd be shot by some kind of jet propelled water cannon that'd probably send me flying across the road. Instead, I wait and then drive home.
It took me awhile to figure out HOW I was going to change it and clean everything up. It was my first real leak. I'm not sure what leaks are normally like, but the section of the base plate that was no longer on my body, was HUGE!! Well I think it is anyway, it was the entire right section of the base plate...
So I had a shower, my first time in the shower with no bag since my second operation. I'm so glad I didn't have lunch today, as nothing came out the whole time I was in the shower and changing the bag, probably because it was all inside my wasteband :p
So I'm trying to figure out WHY it happened. The only thing I can think of is that perhaps I cut my hole in the baseplate a little too small this time and it somehow didn't go over the stoma properly. But wouldn't I know? I can't think of what it could be. Can't believe the bag only lasted like 5 hours...
The previous bag I had on for 2 days (which is rare, as I like to change it every morning) and it had a small trickle of stuff on the plate as though it was starting to form a leak. I was surprised when I saw it as I always look at the base plate to see and that was the first time i noticed a potential leak.
Anywho, What causes leaks? Especially when the seal looks fine.
And more importantly, Does anyone know HOW I'm meant to wash those wasteband things? I don't want to wreck it seeing as it took ages for me to get it, but I need to clean it. Its currently soaking in a bucket, but can it be washed in the washing machine? Or only hand washed? It's just that its a different type of material I've never washed before....
Male, 22, diagnosed with Crohn's at 13.
Permanent ileostomy in February 2010.
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