As many of you know who suffer from Crohns, Colitis, IBS, etc, the output we have is a never ending source of gross, different smells, frequency and jokes if we can be light hearted enough about it.
Enter now the Ostomy Community who deal with colostomy and ileostomy bags. Now we are talking a whole other ballgame of poop, people. I gotta tell you, 32 years of Crohns and the last four years with very little large intestine, made for some real interesting moments.
But now I’m here at BAG Time…
I have on occasion made it three or four days with a wafer, aka barrier…the item or appliance as the companies and professionals seem to call it. They say appliance, I think toaster. Huh?? So whatever it may be called, it’s that sticky circle/oval,square that has a center hole where your stoma goes through and a plastic ring usually for your bag to attach to, if you are a two piece bag user like me.
This morning was one of those mornings I have been lucky enough to avoid, somehow, over the last two plus weeks. Just enough time, honestly, for me to almost forget I have a bag on, really. That sounds incredulous if you don’t have a bag, but really when all systems are working well and you are pretty used to the daily dumping routine; even two months down the road with the bag can seem like it’s kind of “old hat” some days.
Well, today was one of those mornings that just did not go right in so many ways. I’ve spoken with many ostomates on chat rooms and we’ve all had leaks at some point or another. Some still fight it daily, some weekly. Some are more blessed and have come up with some type of great protocol for wafer, paste, hair dryer, barrier ring, skin preparatory wipe or spray, extra adhesives for after the darn thing is on, etc.
Well, this morning got the best of me with a hey, you’re lying in your own poop, wakeup call. I really hate these mornings. I’m working on still coming up with more ways to make this wafer NOT give out when my bag is overfull.
Unfortunately, that’s exactly what happened, and the pressure of a very full bag of poo, plus air, equals too much pressure on the flange/wafer and BOOM, you now have a part of that seal against your skin that is not sealed anymore. Funny how it can be just a quarter inch of an opening, but boy is it a gross mess to deal with when you are mid dream state and still sleepy tired.
Since I went on far too long and maybe a bit off topic, I shall save my morning escapade of poo for another blog post. Hoping for dry evening again to all who share this issue. Blessings and dry sheets 🙂