Posted 2/5/2017 6:25 PM (GMT -6)
I have an appt 2/20 w/ my ostomy nurse to discuss 3 problems.
1. Pancaking has been happening more and more lately and is really frustrating. When the stool builds up there (right on top of the stoma) I try to push it down and into the bag. It doesn't work too well though. Last week I left it alone to see what would happen, and it seemed like the pancaking actually blocked more stool from coming out! So, I pushed it down again, and later noticed a BIG leak, lots of stool pushing it's way out from under the wafer. That happened twice last week alone!
2. The cause of the leaking has to do with the stoma shape/size itself. One side is 1/2" high, and the other side is now flush with my skin. Stool ends up squishing under the area where the stoma is flat. Thinking that I need to build up the flat side to prevent stool from getting under the wafer on that side, but how??? Paste, barrier ring??
3. I have trouble sometimes with even getting the stool to come out at all. It's like it's pushing so hard to get out, lots of contractions to push the stool out, but the stoma opening is too small. It becomes quite painful when the skin around the stoma is stretched to it's limits--feels like it's just going to tear. I end up squeezing my stomach as hard as I can (with my hands) to force the stool out. I know that when the stool is softer, it can get thru easier, but unless it's just about watery, the pain and stretching feeling remains.
Thanks for reading.