Another thing, Jackie. Warming the wafer and Eakin Seal, if you use them will help. I use a hairdryer on low, another posted that she warms them by putting them in her bra a few mins before changing. Whatever works . . .
I did not read the ''how-to's'' that came with my supplies until about 2 months into my adventure. Duh
Heat seems to be very important and constant pressure on the wafer for a minute or so once you apply the wafer. I have become a little OCD when it comes to heat and pressure. I keep alternating the hairdryer and applying pressure for about 5 minutes. I also use the hairdryer to dry and warm my skin around my stoma before applying the Eakin & wafer.
Something is working, as I am now getting 7+ days out of a wafer. I have been testing the convex wafers and Eakin Seals for the last month and have gotten anywhere from 7 to 10 to 14 days wear. My plan is to change at 7 days now that I know what is working. Not sure longer than 7 days is a good idea, but it is very tempting
57 year old Grandma in the Buckeye State.
DX'd in 2006 with UC and in 2007 DX changed to Crohn's Colitis.
June 2010 had 10 inches of my colon removed due to a stricture.
Refused Remicade and Humira and opted for what I was certain the end result would be.
July 2011 had a proctocolectomy and permanent ileostomy without reservation.
Got my life back and stoma Lillie and I are doing great !!!