The Eakin rings are great for irritation around the stoma. I started using them very early on. The hospital didn't have them, so it might be good to get some samples elsewhere.
Hope the surgery goes well. Will be thinking of you both!
48 years old, female.
2004 dx indeterminate colitis. Back and forth between Crohn's and UC dx. Many drugs, minimal success.
2010-11 Crazy skin and eye complications, high fevers, bad flaring. Out of good drug options, tired of scary drugs.
Feb 2011 -- proctocolectomy with permanent ileolostomy; abscess, blood clot. Still healing, still glad for the surgery