Yay, to 24 hours !!! Not sure which Convatec you are now using, but I love my Convatec convex moldable wafer and an Eakin seal. Not sure if anyone mentioned it along the way, but heat and pressure are key in getting a good stick. I use my hairdryer making sure my stoma is shielded. I have been meaning to try using the heating pad to heat the Eakin and wafer for a few minutes prior to a change. But for now, I have just been heating them with the hairdryer before and after application.
The vents may have been contributing to the pancaking. If I have a vented pouch, I use the little stickers which come with them to cover the vent. The vents created a vacuum right over my stoma and sucked the bag down on my stoma. I also make sure I leave a little air in my pouch now, so I don't have that. My output is normally thick and it can collect there. Spraying Pam in the bag does also seem to help.
Yeah, the hospital kitchens sometimes don't get word, or something. For my very first meal after my ileo surgery, they sent me corn. Thank goodness I knew I was not to have corn at that point, so I sent it back.
Even though it has only been 10-months, I don't remember what I ate at first. I think eggs, and mashed potatoes and gravy, green beans and cooked carrots. Mashed potatoes have never plugged me up, but I know others have posted about them. I think beef and pork are ok if cooked until very tender and cut against the grain and into small pieces. Then, still must be chewed very well to avoid anything "stringy." When my daughter had morning sickness, I would make her an individual serving of scalloped potatoes made w/cheese, milk, flour and margarine for lunch in the microwave. I think meatloaf is pretty tame, too.
Here's to another 24 hours
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 !!!
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