My stoma is an irregular oval and has these puckers at the base where the stoma attaches to the skin that sort of look like flower petals (I am guessing they are indentations left behind from healing around the stitches). Does anyone else have these? Do you cut your wafer to account for them, or do you just cut a general circle/oval? I don't have any problems with these "petals" and my Eakin Seal sort of fills in any space between them, but I always wondered how folks who don't use barrier rings deal with them. It seams like there could be a tiny bit of unprotected skin. I sort of cut the petal shapes into my pattern, but I am not sure it is necessary, and then I have to get it placed perfectly.
On a completely random side note, I am still always amazed that skin can heal right to your intestine like it does with a stoma. Seems like the stoma would be too darn slippery and that it wouldn't attach or would get infected all the time. It is pretty crazy that it actually works to have one's intestine sticking out of their belly:)
-39 years old
-Officially diagnosed with UC in 2006, though had symptoms since 1999.
-Had mild/moderate symptoms continuously until severe flare in autumn 2010 which required 2-week hospital stay
-Took Asacol, Rowasa, Canasa and Prednisone to manage flares but meds stopped working
-Tried 1 dose of Remicade but had excruciating joint pain and discontinued
-Had permanent ileostomy surgery 11/8/2010
Post Edited (Blueheron) : 6/2/2011 9:59:06 PM (GMT-6)