heiders33 wrote:it's interesting how the Coloplast Mio ostomy products have not worked for me at all. I heard that they were the "nicer brand," and yet their adherence to my skin is lacking. . . Meanwhile, the Hollister products which I received in the hospital have passed with flying colors . . . Just goes to show that each person needs to figure out what's best for them.
Your assessment is spot-on accurate. Finding the ostomy pouching system (wafer, bag, adaptic barrier ring, skin protectant, and other accessory products) is very much an individual process of discovery. What may be an awesome product/brand for one person may be a failure and disappointment for another person.
The issue of a wafer’s competent adhesion to the skin is especially vexing. Every person has unique skin qualities at a cellular level. Oily skin, dry skin, thin skin with a lower constitute of collagen, supple skin that glides and mobilizes, tough skin that is coarse and tethered, and more. Each ostomy manufacturer’s wafer has a unique composite that defines the brand. Ostomy wafers are a blend of pectin and elastic polymers in a hydrocolloid matrix.
The bonding/seal of an ostomy wafer to the skin is enacted by the warmth of the body’s temperature in contact with the hydrocolloid matrix. To optimize wafer adhesion avoid any strenuous movement of the torso for 20-30 minutes after applying. Adding an exogenous heat source to the wafer/skin interface when applying a new wafer is also beneficial (ex. A hair dryer on warm setting; placing a microwaveable warm buckwheat pack on the abdomen).
Wafer leaks are a distressing aspect of having a stoma/ostomy residing in one’s abdomen. A “blow-out” is at the far end of the spectrum of the magnitude of leaks and are a leak’s worst case scenario. I feel for you for having endured several blow-outs. It is analogous to a volcanic eruption of a stoma. The mess factor and indignation is significant.
It may help you to know that seasoned stoma veterans also have the misfortune of experiencing wafer blow-outs. I have had my end ileostomy now for about 6 years and I have had 2 blow-outs this week. This is unusual for me to have a blow-out, let alone 2 in two days. One of the blow-outs was so extensive that I decided to throw away my poop-drenched pajama bottoms and socks. Know that you are not alone.
I will be sending good karma into the universe for you for a successful and complication free reversal.
Dear friend to Bella Piazza, former Colon Club member (NWGirl).
I have a permanent ileostomy and offer advice on living with an ostomy - in loving remembrance of Bella
I am on Palliative Care for broad endocrine failure + Addison's disease + osteonecrosis of both hips/jaw + immunosuppression. I live a simple life due to frail health.