Not sure I can make it to chat, but thanks for asking. I'm in S. CA and we were evacuated, just came home yesterday. I'm still keeping an eye on the fires though because my in-laws are now in the path of 2 fires and may need to be evacuated.
I HATE clips of any kind, even when you roll them into the panties as the pouch fills they move and dig in somewhere. I hope to find one of the new velcro pouches. It looks like the Hollister pouches are just what I'm looking for, waiting for samples. They should fit my Convatec flange without any problems. I'm pretty active, and heavy, so I sweat a lot. I hate plastic against my skin and won't bother with a pouch cover of any kind.
My surgery this time (number 6) was the removal of the rest of my large colon (about
12-15 inches), moving my ostomy from the left to the right side of my abdomen, and removing a small portion of my small bowel. We were hoping I wouldn't have had to lose my entire colon, but he said it couldn't be helped. I'm left with 250 cm. of small bowel (about
8 ft). At least I don't have an anastamosis this time, the cut part of my small bowel is attached directly to my abdomen, no splicing internally. Hoping this will prevent an early reoccurence of the disease.
My stool has been loose, liquid and acidic for years, but my stoma had a kind of routine/schedule to it's activity. Now, it's just constant no matter what I do (unless I don't eat at all, lol). It's only been 3 months since my surgery, so I hope I can get it back to some sort of routine, but in the mean time I need to change things a little. One of these days I'll tell you all about
my little accident at my son's wedding (2 weeks ago), not fun.
49 years old, Crohn's Disease
Six resection surgeries, permanent ostomy, adverse reactions to Remicade, back on 6MP for maintenance, hoping for a long remission from this last surgery.