Can I chime in?? Sue I also was curious what you did for a living. I tell people about you all the time when I talk about the surgery and they think my life will be less than it was before. So thanks for living such a full life and being such a great example.
Christine, I think I finally figured out the appliance. I was ready to have your husband come over and help me put it on, lol. Anyway, I took it as a sign that I got some samples today from coloplast. The ostomy nurse gave me samples of those, but put me in a marlen. I don't know why, but it was very uncomfortable and I felt I had to hold onto it because it was so heavy. It also caused me to hunch over. Anyway, I decided to try the coloplast (I think that's the name) since I had a bunch. The first time I used the ring and it didn't work. The next time I tried it without the ring because in the directions it doesn't say to use one. Well, it's been 4 hours and no leaking or burning. It is comfortable almost to the point of me really not noticing it. I have the one that is convex. It pushes my stoma right up! I am SO happy. Now, I hope it stays put for a few days.
Thanks for letting me chime in. I need to get to the gym, but am a little afraid. I think I'll start just walking the track at first.