I just wanted to share with you that I successfully changed my skin wafer etc for the first time by myself since coming home from the hospital today. I've been home a week. (The other time I changed I had some help from someone.) I feel like I can do it. Not that I look forward to it, but I know I can do it. My ileostomy is permanent, so I've got to embrace this new lifestyle, and I am going to.
One minor question. Is it normal to have some pinkness on the skin that comes from peeling up the old wafer? Do any of you wait a while before you put down the new one? I heard of a fellow who kinda walks around naked for like an hour before he puts on the new wafer. I've got that kind of time now, but not sure that will be convenient once I recover more from surgery.
I was told to change the skin wafer every five days, but it was still holding well, and no leaks around the flange, so I wonder, could I wait longer than 5 days???
total permanent ileostomy due to UC on July 13
trying to get it all figured out