if you are having to scrape the stuff off, you can probably get more wear time.
This is what i do takes about 8 minutes.
I have my supplies ready in a box, with one wafer, one bag, one trash bag, 5 towel squares, a sure seal and a thing of paste. I cut the wafers at one time, so they ready to go, but ive had mine for 3 and half years so stoma size isn't changing!
i put the paste on the new wafer, peel back the paper backing, and put the new bag, the new wafer and two towel squares on the floor
I stick the bottom of the bag in the dispose bag, i pull the wafer part way down, clean that area, just with a rag, it usually pulls right off no residue left behind.
I drop the bag to the floor, cover the stoma with a towel square and clean underneath it.
i keep the stoma covered, i lay down, still keeping it covered.
I put the new wafer and bag on my leg, remove the towelsquare put the new wafer on and cover wtih a clean towel square right away, my stoma is uncovered/not over the bag for a total of like 10 seconds. i push my hands around the outside for 30 seconds or so, smoothing it out. Snap the bag on
I stand up, repostion the bag the way i want it
get the hair dryer and use it on the wafer, run my hands around a few more times, its very important to put the bag on before you use the hair dryer.
i know that sounds like a lot, but it takes like 7-8 minutes tops, unless my stoma is bleeding then it takes a bit longer.
then i put the sure seal on, that takes me probably 3 or 4 minutes.
UC for 8 years, before finally kicking its butt and having a permanent ileostomy April 17 2007!
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