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Smoke3
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Date Joined Jul 2007
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   Posted 7/18/2007 3:15 AM (GMT -7)   
Any ideas how how long can a wafer be safely left on? I have had one on since the 12th and it still looks excellent (showers included) I don't need skin problems because I'm cheap!!!

awesomeame
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   Posted 7/18/2007 12:09 PM (GMT -7)   
before i went back to work i changed mine every 7 days.  now i'm back to work and am changing it every 5 days....seems to hold just fine, and i'm quite active.
 
--matt
Dec 2006: Proctocolectomy/permanent ileostomy
Since 1991: Indeterminate crohn's/ulserative colitis


summerstorm
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   Posted 7/18/2007 12:49 PM (GMT -7)   
I was wonderign that too, because i usually wear mine a week, but I think they could last longer.

NashRambler
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Date Joined Jan 2007
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   Posted 7/18/2007 1:58 PM (GMT -7)   
I was told I could leave the bag on a week and tried to get away with that. But I had alot of leaks after 4-6 days. Finally I read on here that 3-4 days is more a reality. Now I change every 4 days and have been alot better off. As always everyone is different so I continue to experiment and do what is best for me. I do appreciate all the tips and info on this site.

Total collectomy and permanent Illeostomy April 2006
Pain free and enjoying life again
Have a Blessed day


justjenjen
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   Posted 7/18/2007 5:27 PM (GMT -7)   
I had an ET nurse tell me that as long as my skin was doing well then just keep it on as long as possible. These things are expensive!!

vette guy
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   Posted 7/18/2007 9:12 PM (GMT -7)   
I change mine 3 times a week. For me, the added security is worth the extra expense.

flchurchlady
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   Posted 7/24/2007 5:23 PM (GMT -7)   
I use the Coloplast Assura Extended Wear Wafers, and they stay on for a week with no problems.

I feel bad for those of you who have to pay a lot of money for these supplies. Do you have health insurance? The reason why I ask is because my insurance company covers the cost of my supplies.

At first, I ordered from a supplier that I found online, and my insurance company only covered a portion of the cost. I was surprised, because I had been told that they would cover supplies at 100%. So I called them to find out what happened, and they told me that they have a contract with only ONE supplier to offer them for free. So, I started ordering from that company, and now all of my supplies are free.

It's something worth looking into...
Dx'd w/ Crohn's in '99 at age 28. Proctocolectomy and ileostomy in '06.
Pain-free, med-free, and very thankful to be healthy again :)


summerstorm
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   Posted 7/24/2007 7:23 PM (GMT -7)   
I only have to pay 15% of the cost,so it isn't bad, but I still want to use as few as possible. Although I belive I learned the hard way that I shouldn't leave them on once they start itching a little. Saturday it started itching a little, but it wasnt' coming loose or anything, so I didn't really think too much about it, but by Sunday it was almost off and when I did take it off my skin is all red and icky. First time that has happened, I think I will change it next time as soon as it itches, lol.
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