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David Martin
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   Posted 10/4/2010 12:08 PM (GMT -6)   
Well my parents never let me change my bag by myself because my ostomie nurse told them it would make me stressed? well i told them what if i was at a friends house and something happened? they just thought i couldnt do it and they never gave me a real chance.

WELL... today i was intending to change it when my mom got home from a meeting. well the bag thought other wise. the seal came off a little and everytime i would "poo" it would leak out on to me. well i called my mom and told her im changing my bag she just told me to be careful.

My mom says i change my bag better than my dad does.

Now i have a few questions tho. i used a thing that looks like flower mix but its supost to help heal my skin my nurse told me to use it. i cleaned all around my stoma "while standing" and when it came to putting the adhesive on the bag it was easy but i got very little on my stoma is that ok? it stung a little but i think what was stinging was because my skin was still a little raw around my stoma.

2b ColonFree
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   Posted 10/4/2010 1:02 PM (GMT -6)   
congrats on job well done :) :)

i remember being so nervous too when i changed the appliance all by my self for the first time. i was just released from the hospital and the next day i had a leak. lol i was so nervous that i just stood infront of the mirror in the b/r for a whole 15 mins with a wipe in my hand not knowing even where to start. then, after i recovered from my shock, i called the hospital's stoma nurse and she guided me and i did ok. from then on, i didn't feel i needed any help any more and felt confident to do it all by my self.

i don't think a bit of adhesive on the stoma should cause major issues. it never happened to me tho, so i'm not sure, but i hope someone here will be able to give you a defenite answer about this.

very happy for you. keep doing well!
06/05/2007 - STARR procedure
colonic inertia w/pelvic floor dysfunction
08/16/2009 - total colectomy w/ileorectal anastomosis
07/08/2010 - loop ileostomy

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   Posted 10/4/2010 2:06 PM (GMT -6)   
Doesn't it feel great knowing you can do it all by yourself? I had my husband help me the first few changes but now I rip ff the old and stick on the new in 3 minutes flat!!
Don't worry about a little bit of adhesive on your stoma, they are tougher then we think!


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   Posted 10/4/2010 2:12 PM (GMT -6)   
I remember when I started changing it myself. I would try to get in a rush and start worrying, etc. A couple of times I would breakout in a sweat and start getting dizzy like I was about to faint.
Now I can change it in about 10 minutes. 5 min if you don't include putting on the sure seal.
21 y/o male livin' in Georgia. Diagnosed with Left-Sided Colitis in 2002; re-diagnosed with Pancolitis in Nov. 2009.
June 2010 I beat UC by having surgery.
Drugs tried: Just about every 5ASA medicine, enemas, prednisone, turmeric, fish oil, Remicade, psyllium seed powder, Metamucil.
Unable to take 6MP.
Temp Ileostomy and colon removal surgery - 6/2/2010
Readmitted back to hospital because of blockage (my fault cause I ate Steak n Shake 3 days after being released from surgery) - 6/10/2010
Takedown surgery - 8/?/2010

Scrap Girl
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   Posted 10/4/2010 2:30 PM (GMT -6)   
Way to go David!

2b ColonFree
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   Posted 10/4/2010 3:29 PM (GMT -6)   
wow newshiny, you had pretty bad anxiety attacks over this. glad you got over it. after a while we realize it's not that bad, don't we?
06/05/2007 - STARR procedure
colonic inertia w/pelvic floor dysfunction
08/16/2009 - total colectomy w/ileorectal anastomosis
07/08/2010 - loop ileostomy

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   Posted 10/4/2010 11:03 PM (GMT -6)   
YAY david! Its great when you can do it yourself!
i dont think the powder or the paste would hurt your stoma. If you dont have skin irriation though, you dont need the powder.
UC for 8 years, before finally kicking its butt and having a permanent ileostomy April 17 2007!
-I have gone to find myself, if i get back before i return, keep me here-
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   Posted 10/5/2010 4:13 AM (GMT -6)   
Way to go!! yeah The powder (probably Nystatin, an anti-fungal) will not hurt your stoma.
Dx'd Crohn's in '99 at age 28. Proctocolectomy and permanent ileostomy in '06.
Disease-free and medicine-free since surgery and very thankful to be healthy again.
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