I cut the 2 cresent shapes out of the Eakin..like 2 half moons. I cut the first shape and then smoosh it between my fingers and then I apply it right over and around the top part of the hole in the wafer. Then I cut another 1/2 moon shape and smoosh it and apply it under the hole of the wafer. I made sure that the two Eakin pieces connect together to form a cirlce around the stoma hole. My 1/2 moon shaped Eakins are usually about 1/2 inch wide. So, now you have a wafer with Eakin all around the hole of the stoma. Your stoma hole should be covered a little bit and then from the back of your wafer, push the Eakin through the hole and roll it to the front of your wafer hole. It will look like paste all around the hole. Then, if you want, you can apply the wafer. After you apply the wafer to your skin, push all around your stoma to make sure the Eakin adhears to your skin. Then pop the insert inside the front of your wafer. I hope your wafer is a 1 3/4 because that is the size insert I sent you.
Options: You can put paste on top of your Eakin on the back of your wafer.
Options 2: (I always do this) I cut the 1/2 the tape off the top and sides of my wafer just to make it smaller. I just like having a smaller wafer stuck to my skin. This way if my tank top comes up at the gym while I am reaching or stretching, my wafer does not show. My stoma is low so if I cut the tape a little, I can run with shorts and a sports bra while showing my tummy.
I hope this helps. Good Luck. It is not hard to do. This is how Peggy taught me to do it and once I got the Eakin on the wafer I knew just how to roll it to the front of the wafer.
Don't worry if you mess up, you can always start again and the inserts are reusable.
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