well just when you think you're on top of it, something happens.... so yesterday after telling you all how well i was doing, it was time to change again, so prepared everything, took a shower and sat down to do it. well i peeled the wafer, cleaned all around the stoma with water and soap, dried the area and started the measuring and cutting. i have to say that since i came home form the hosp, every time i had to change the wafer or just the bag, my stomie was never active while doing it, it was so convenient. but this time, well while cutting the wafer stomie decided to be active, i got really stressed, started cleaning up all over again, finally i finished, and in a hurry i applied the wafer on. as i was pressing the wafer to stick, the stoma was active even more than the first time, it was a lot coming out, so started cleaning it again as best i could, cuz it was already messing up the wafer. finally it was clean again, but then i realized that i was so stressed that i forgot to use the little wiper that helps the wafer to stick better..... oh crap... peeled the wafer again, cut a new one, put the paste on it (mean time stomie is active AGAIN).... gosh, what a mess. i finally had it done, but it took 30 minutes to finish with this whole ordeal!!!!!
i know, i should be prepared to a situation like that happening again in the future, so i should get used to it and not stress over it too much... but i hope it doesn't happen again.
summer, my stomie keeps shrinking, it shrunk in 3 mm compared to the previous changing 6 days ago. i'm one month post op, how do i know when the stoma got her final size? how long should i wait till i know?
the stoma nurse also told me i should keep an extra box prepared with all the equip. i havn't done it yet, but maybe it's time to do it.
Stephanie, thanks to you too! yeah i guess with time it gets easier, esp when i won't have to measure and cut anymore. my gosh what an ordeal you had, good for you for handling it so well, but i don't think i'll ever be able to handle such a thing as well as you did... and how do i do it..? should i always also carry extra undies and cloths with me everywhere i go..????
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