EZ vent accident ... sigh

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blueglass
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   Posted 6/30/2011 9:40 PM (GMT -6)   
Well, I was at a gathering tonight w/some coworkers and I realized that my shirt had a spot on it, right over the stoma.... didn't see to smell much, and I didn't know what it was. Grabbed my bag and went to the upstairs bathroom, thinking I was going to have to do a pouch change .... but I found that the EZ vent had opened and I had poop on the pouch and my shirt ...

It wasn't tons, but not trivial either. The pouch was fine -- no leakage from the wafer. So I stood there for a few minutes deciding what to do (after I cleaned up the easiest to get stuff w/kleenex). I had a lot of supplies w/me, including a scissors, so I cut off about half the pouch cover on the front. Washed the bottom of my t shirt in the sink w/soap and water. I thought about asking the host for a clean shirt (I carry pants w/me, but not a shirt), but decided to just tie my sweatshirt around my waist in a way that concealed the wet spot.

Amazing thing for me was that I stayed calm throughout, went back to the party, and continued to have a good time. I even talked about what had just happened w/one person I know well.

So, I'm thinking I'm not going to use EZ vents anymore.... don't have that much gas, and this is about the third time one has opened on me (the other two I caught earlier and didn't cause leaks). I think my stoma is just too low, so that in order to have the vent above my stoma, it's just in a place where it's easy to brush against.... can't think of what else could be going wrong. I am very, very careful to make sure it's tight when I'm done with it and it doesn't seem defective at all.

But it feels kind of cool to have something like that be not a very big deal.... was a bad ten minutes as part of a very nice 3 hours.... really significant thing for me is that I was at a gathering in the middle of the week..... have not had the energy for that sort of thing in years....
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

Trixiemom
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   Posted 7/1/2011 2:53 PM (GMT -6)   
I use the vents as i have a lot of gas. Maybe you should check each time that it is completely closed. I have a tendency to check it as my was open once and could not figure out why it smelled till i felt it and it as open. I have thick output so it doesnt come out sometimes a little but not much to stain my shirt....Trixiemom
have loop ileostomy
diagnosed with colon inertia
I love my ileo and life

polishdan
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   Posted 7/1/2011 4:22 PM (GMT -6)   
blueglass
What a shame that you are having trouble with the EZ vent. Do you stick it on at the very top of the pouch? Thats what I do. I don't see how anything could leak out while standing or sitting.

Dan

Subzeromambo
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   Posted 7/1/2011 5:36 PM (GMT -6)   
Blueglass,
Congratulations for staying calm! I haven't had public accidents yet but I know it is just a matter of time. It can happen to anyone. Many hugs, Szm
Diagnosed 1987 with lower left colitis. Hospitalized often. Mega toxic pan colitis Dec. 1999. Perforated colon and total colectomy April 2011.

Blueheron
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   Posted 7/1/2011 6:39 PM (GMT -6)   
I have had mine open twice. Both pried open by my belt I think, which rests right on top of my vent. Fortunately I always caught it before it leaked just by smelling it first. I don't plan on stopping using them though. They are just too convenient and I hate the filters that come on the pouches... I have had those leak worse than the EZ vents.
-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

blueglass
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   Posted 7/3/2011 7:48 AM (GMT -6)   
I think what happened is that the tube top I was wearing to hold the pouch in rolled down and pulled open the vent. Then it put pressure on the pouch, and squeezed out the thick output.

I was very careful about closing it, and it was on the top of my pouch. But like Ron, the top of my pouch catches my pants too easily. I have had it open other times, but not leak out anything....

I only opened it twice on that pouch to let out gas, I think, in five days. If my bag was filling w/air all the time, I might try to work out a solution, but I just don't use the vent enough to make it worth it.

Thanks for all your responses.
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
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