Anyone have fake nails? (I know, weird question)

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80sChick
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   Posted 5/8/2011 12:43 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi all,
It's been years since I've had acrylic nails, and I'm thinking about getting them again. (I haven't been able to have them for a while because I was so sick and my nails were clubbing...they're starting to look more normal now!!)
 
 I'm hesitant because I'm wondering if it makes it harder to change/empty your pouch. I'm guessing it's just something you get used to like everything else with fake nails, but I can just imagine like total disgustingness occuring, like output getting stuck under the nails or something...
 
Maybe I'm getting a little carried away! LOL If you have input, please curb my fears and let me know that I'm being ridiculous :)
 
Thanks all :)
Stephanie, 29 years old

March 2000-Diagnosed Crohn's Colitis
(Tried every drug imaginable, but lived 10 years with daily diarrhea)
March 18, 2010-Total Proctocolectomy and Permanent Ileostomy! :)
(Now med free, 4 subsequent procedures to correct blockages at stoma site)

Stoma named Zoe...She's my best bud!! :)

Ironmum
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   Posted 5/8/2011 1:07 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Stephanie.. I had acrylic nails while I had my ileo (partly as due to my illness my natural nails were really weak - and also it was something nice to make me feel better about myself) and it was totally fine. I was quite cautious about the spray to remove the bag and tried to avoid getting too much on the nails in case it damaged them, but basically had no problems at all.. no output under them etc. I guess keeping them a sensible length might help though. Go for it!! you'll feel feminine and glamorous.
Sarah - 38 year old mum of 2 boys, competitive runner/triathlete, health and fitness writer

June 2010 - Peritonitis caused by perforated diverticulitis. Emergency surgery.
August 2010 - Sigmoid colectomy and temp ileostomy
October 2010 - Ileostomy reversal - but didn't go well and struggling since.
Currently - dx colonic dysmotility April 2011

80sChick
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   Posted 5/8/2011 1:10 PM (GMT -6)   
Oh, yeah, they'll be pretty short. I don't want those crazy ones or anything:) Thanks for your input Sarah!
Stephanie, 29 years old

March 2000-Diagnosed Crohn's Colitis
(Tried every drug imaginable, but lived 10 years with daily diarrhea)
March 18, 2010-Total Proctocolectomy and Permanent Ileostomy! :)
(Now med free, 4 subsequent procedures to correct blockages at stoma site)

Stoma named Zoe...She's my best bud!! :)

stripey
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   Posted 5/8/2011 1:37 PM (GMT -6)   
I have had acrylic nails for 5 years and they are quite long (about 3/4 cm longer than finger) but aren't the square ended ones, mine are filed more rounded so they look natural and I don't have the white tips either, bit too 'footballers wives' for me. I've never found any problems with them either emptying or changing the bag.

I got mine originally as I used to have my nails naturally that length and when I was on steroids years ago they were fine but as soon as I stopped my nails kept breaking and wouldn't grow and I missed them. I'm not a girly girl and my nails were my thing so went and have acrylic ones done and have had them ever since. They're great for grouting tiles as the tip makes just the right shape in the grout :)
Crohn's dx 1989, loop ileo 1992, end ileo 1992. Arthritis developed 1990 Stoma abcess 1995. Azathioprine started 1995. Panprocolorectomy 1999. Stillbirth 2000, antiphospholipid syndrome dx 2000. Flare up 2004, stoma abcess and strictoplasty 2004. Low blood pressure dx with impaired kidney function 2006, fludrocortisone pres. flare up 2010, steroids, Humira, codeine.

Serenitee
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   Posted 5/8/2011 1:52 PM (GMT -6)   
80'sChick,

I am getting my ileostomy Tuesday, and I have fake nails. I don't foresee a problem at all...but, I have been getting mine done for a long time, so I'm kind of used to them by now.

However, if you get them you don't have to get them super long. Mine are like my original length but they of couse are stronger. I would recommend you trying it, as they don't last a long time anywaz...usually 2-weeks max. And if you don't like them you you can always take them off. turn

In fact, I just got mine redone since I don't know how I'm going to feel a week or 2 after my surgery.

Best of luck...my email is: sober2serenity@gmail.com
Would love to chat sometime with you. I'm fairly new to this site.

Serenitee

stripey
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   Posted 5/8/2011 4:09 PM (GMT -6)   
Wow, yours only last 2 weeks, I only have mine done every 4-5 weeks. Mind you the lady who does mine spends ages doing the prep work on the regrowth area and that really makes a difference as it stops lifting and doesn't show regrowth as much.

Mine didn't start off the length they are now, they have gradually got longer and longer over the years and now am used to this length. Everyone always wonders who I do things but I'm used to them so isn't hard and I don't do any upkeep on them in between appointements and still look in great shape, my customers always comment on them as they look completely natural. So def go for it, people always notice nice nails and funnily enough it's the men who always comment - usually with a far away look in their eye! :)
Crohn's dx 1989, loop ileo 1992, end ileo 1992. Arthritis developed 1990 Stoma abcess 1995. Azathioprine started 1995. Panprocolorectomy 1999. Stillbirth 2000, antiphospholipid syndrome dx 2000. Flare up 2004, stoma abcess and strictoplasty 2004. Low blood pressure dx with impaired kidney function 2006, fludrocortisone pres. flare up 2010, steroids, Humira, codeine.

80sChick
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   Posted 5/8/2011 4:17 PM (GMT -6)   
I agree, stripey, they look GREAT and just really add to anything you're wearing. They just make you look more finished, like a frame on a picture or something.

In the past when I've had them I usually have to get them filled every 2-3 weeks. 3 weeks is pushing it.

The only problem is it's so hard to justify spending the money! It's like $30 with tip each time you fill, and that's at a cheap-y place! I once paid $50ish each time at an upscale place and didn't find much difference between that and the cheap, except maybe I liked the lady better.

...But all of that said, it really does feel nice to have them :)
Stephanie, 29 years old

March 2000-Diagnosed Crohn's Colitis
(Tried every drug imaginable, but lived 10 years with daily diarrhea)
March 18, 2010-Total Proctocolectomy and Permanent Ileostomy! :)
(Now med free, 4 subsequent procedures to correct blockages at stoma site)

Stoma named Zoe...She's my best bud!! :)

Equestrian Mom
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   Posted 5/8/2011 5:05 PM (GMT -6)   
Try LCN nails if you can...they are gel instead of acrylic and can last as long as 4 weeks :-)

I usually do the french manicure ones and they are sealed so even if you use removers or other strong chemicals it doesn't strip the color polish! Right now I am trying Axium (not sure the spelling is right) which is a gel polish...kind of like the shellac polish...and I like that too!

It will take a few days just to get used to but not because of your ostomy...just in general!

Get them yeah
formally known as OHIO76 ~ honoring my daughter's passion!
Crohn’s dx 1989
some terrible years before my temporary ileo in 2001
Proctocolectomy w/end ileo in 2008
...wish I knew then what I know NOW!

80sChick
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   Posted 5/8/2011 5:10 PM (GMT -6)   
Are these LCN nails more expensive? (what does LCN stand for?)

I don't get how it lasts for 4 weeks! Your nails are going to grow out at the same rate regardless of what you put on top of them, right?
Stephanie, 29 years old

March 2000-Diagnosed Crohn's Colitis
(Tried every drug imaginable, but lived 10 years with daily diarrhea)
March 18, 2010-Total Proctocolectomy and Permanent Ileostomy! :)
(Now med free, 4 subsequent procedures to correct blockages at stoma site)

Stoma named Zoe...She's my best bud!! :)

Equestrian Mom
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   Posted 5/8/2011 5:21 PM (GMT -6)   
Light Concept Nails. I don't pay anymore for them here in Ohio:)

Yes, your nails grow but they are very realistic looking so you don't notice the growth. I do file mine weekly so they don't get too long. You can have them filled as often as you like but they can last up to 4 weeks! I normally go 3 weeks but if something comes up and I have to go a few days longer it's not a big deal.

Oh, I also do my toes, in the summer, with LCN and I go 6-8 weeks between fills...it's awesome!
formally known as OHIO76 ~ honoring my daughter's passion!
Crohn’s dx 1989
some terrible years before my temporary ileo in 2001
Proctocolectomy w/end ileo in 2008
...wish I knew then what I know NOW!

80sChick
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   Posted 5/8/2011 5:41 PM (GMT -6)   
OOh, they must be realistic looking if you can do your toes! cool. Thank you!
Stephanie, 29 years old

March 2000-Diagnosed Crohn's Colitis
(Tried every drug imaginable, but lived 10 years with daily diarrhea)
March 18, 2010-Total Proctocolectomy and Permanent Ileostomy! :)
(Now med free, 4 subsequent procedures to correct blockages at stoma site)

Stoma named Zoe...She's my best bud!! :)

summerstorm
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   Posted 5/8/2011 6:50 PM (GMT -6)   
i do the LCN too, they are also easier on your actual nails. 
If i get a full set, with tips, it's 60, if they have the white tips, 50 for no white tips, and 40 for no tips and no whitetips.  then its 45 for a fill with rewhitening, and 35 for just a fill, about every 3 weeks. 
i used to have them a little longer, and at first it was a little harder, mainly because i was getting used to the nails.
but im having them done now, except im just getting the LCN over the nails i have, because my nails were really brittle and kept breaking down into the quick, this is keeping them strong enough.

stripey
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   Posted 5/9/2011 3:48 PM (GMT -6)   
I just have normal acrylic and have stayed with the lady who first did them as they last so much longer than other places and look real. As they have clear tips no one thinks they are acrylic. From about October onwards each year I have coloured glitter put under the acrylic either on the tip or in stripes across nail for Halloween and Xmas. I've had pink, gold, silver, teal, green and 'dairy milk' purple. My customers love them and always comment on them. I pay £34 for infill every 4-5 weeks and this takes just over two hours which is longer than other places but like I say she spends a long time prepping the nail regrowth area and so they never lift and you can barely see the regrowth even after 4 weeks.
Crohn's dx 1989, loop ileo 1992, end ileo 1992. Arthritis developed 1990 Stoma abcess 1995. Azathioprine started 1995. Panprocolorectomy 1999. Stillbirth 2000, antiphospholipid syndrome dx 2000. Flare up 2004, stoma abcess and strictoplasty 2004. Low blood pressure dx with impaired kidney function 2006, fludrocortisone pres. flare up 2010, steroids, Humira, codeine.
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