My j-pouch first step was Nov.16, and i would say my little clyde stopped shrinking around abouts the middle of January..about 2 1/2 mos out...sorry to give you the bummer news. But i had a fistula from trauma from surgery, which has JUST (hopefully truly) healed and i am scheduled for reconnection on May 23...but it is rough. What i use is HOllister New Image 2-piece Lock n Roll Drainable Beige pouches...convex wafers cuz my stoma is so small and close to the skin (may be your problem too). Sounds like you arent getting a good adhesive for your skin. I developed allergies to certain wafers a week in to using them, same with Eakin seals. So this is really good on my skin, same with Flextend Skin Barriers to use as an extra protection under my wafer...i really had one HECK of a time with bags at first, i was perplexing my ostomy nurse...but using a skin barrier, and then i also use skin prep which adds a film that is tacky to make your wafer stick better seemed to help. Also, i use Adapt paste cuz it has a lot less alcohol content and doesnt sting on me much...i hope this was helpful..
It will always get better...always
J-Poucher; 1st step 11/16/04, 2nd step scheduled for 05/23/05...pouch-vaginal fistula...healed?!
I finally feel FREE!!!!
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