I saw my stoma nurse this afternoon and it seems I’m having a slight reaction to the adhesive of my ostomy bags. This could be to do with it getting much warmer recently so it may be a heat rash being irritated by the adhesive.

Also, she believes the reason I’ve had several bags in a row leak is because the opening of my stoma has shifted from top-centre to top-right so when it does it’s thing, the output is all going onto the same patch of bag which was causing it to corrode away faster, leading to it leaking. In order to combat this, I’m trying new bags. These ones look the same but they have a bump on the back that pushes into my tummy slightly in order to keep my stoma “upright” so when it’s active, the output should be a bit more even. I’m trialling two different types; the other ones has the same bump but has a different adhesive. It feels a little weird at the moment but I’m sure I’ll get used to it. I hope this solves the issues.

I called my stoma nurse today and got an appointment for Monday because the skin around my stoma has been red and soar for the last few days. I hope it’s nothing serious. I really don’t want to have change my bag type (I really like these ones – drainable, one-piece) so hopefully, I just need to use some barrier cream/wipes for a bit.

Ostomy problems! …again.

I had to do another emergency bag change just now due to seepage. I knew it was going to do it because the bag didn’t feel right last night but I didn’t want to waste a bag, I guess, so I left it. No mess, though, it was easy to sort out. I just hope this isn’t going to be a common problem otherwise I might have change bag type and I don’t really want to do that because I like these bags.

What the hell, stoma?

TMI warning!

So, I was planning on sleeping in this morning but was forced to get up early in order to do an emergency bag change because somehow, the contents had pancaked and was seeping out under the flange. This is the first time anything like this has happened to me so now I’m paranoid. I think I know what caused it though; I had both curly fries and melon last night (not together) and I know already that potato that isn’t mashed doesn’t digest properly for me (meaning it comes out as partly digested). I’m going to try and drink more today and just keep a close eye on my bag just in case it starts to do it again.