Feeling Better but have a Couple of Questions

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Date Joined Feb 2007
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   Posted 3/18/2007 5:29 PM (GMT -7)   
  Hi Everyone,
     Since I went to see my regular Stoma Nurse over in Baltimore,about two weeks ago,things are starting to look and feel better.I am now wearing the eaken seal under my wafer.I am only having two problems now.One,is I am having a hard time when it comes to flatening out the inside of the seal.I always manage to stretch it out with out meaning to.Does anyone out there know of a better way to do it.I always make it just a little bit to big.So with that I am still getting a little bit of stools under my seal.But I guesss the best news is,that for what ever reason,I have stopped itching under my wafer.Before the seal,I was itching all of the time under the wafer 24/7. The second guestion is,with the eaken seal on,I have noticed that it has raised up the wafer,so now my stools are not always making it into the bag unless they are really,really soft or runny.Is that also common.
     Time has really gone by fast.It does not seem like I will of had my colostomy surgery a year this comming June 9th.I don't think I would go back to the normal way ever again.This way is less embarrassing. yeah
     If anyone has any answers to my question,I would welcom them.

vette guy
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Date Joined Nov 2006
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   Posted 3/18/2007 9:34 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi San's.  First and foremost I want to tell you how happy I am that things are getting easier for you. And believe me, they only get even easier from here! I only used the Eaken seal for a short while. In fact, I stopped using it for the reason you mentioned. I didn't like the way it lifted the profile of the wafer.  But, I must tell you, I never had a problem with it. I know many people here use it and love it. It's just a matter of preference and choosing the solution that gives you the most confidence. Personally I prefer using the paste. There are many brands out there to choose from. I've used the paste for almost 18 years and I have never had a leak that wasn't my own fault. For instance, trying to squeeze in an extra day with the same appliance. I've only done that when I knew I was going to be home all day, and having a leak wasn't all that consequential. I tend to change my appliance about 3 times a week because I'm pretty active and I have a fairly high profile job. I don't mind the extra expense if changing the appliance gives me more confidence. You sound like you've got a good handle on things. Hooray!!!
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