Posted Yesterday 6:36 PM (GMT -7)
Thanks. I haven't tried anything other than Hollister basic supplies. I don't even know the specifics of them; it hadn't been an issue I really thought about because I wasn't having skin problems.
What is tough for me is changing my appliance. Due to the length of my stoma, I have a tough time centering my wafer because the stoma doesn't stick out. I have to lift it up and put it through the wafer hole, then hold it while I attempt to center the wafer (not easy to do with one hand). With the pyoderma, it has been even more challenging. I can't even do it myself. My husband has to hold my stoma up while I apply the ointment and duoderm.
Like I said, I really do like this CR surgeon, and he uses email, so I am sure I can ask him any question I need to about the procedure. If I decide to go through with this, I will make sure he knows I don't want a flat stoma. Something in between what I have and that should be perfect (maybe a little over an inch?).
Like Rosemary, I lost a lot of weight before my surgery, and I haven't gained even half of it back yet. I weighed 105 before (I am almost 5'2'), went down to 88 after my surgery, and now weigh 95. I don't think I will stay that weight forever, and don't want to have problems down the road due to normal, middle age weight gain.
Thanks so much for all of your help. I love this forum. It truly is a Godsend.