Punky44 wrote:Coloplast recommended putting it all on standing up vs lying down and even more interesting, they recommended putting the barrier directly over the stoma and not the wafer! I’m curious to try experimenting but of course now that the leak issues have gotten better I’m also scared to change it up!
Experiment by all means, butt here's my problem. I do everything standing up, "facing a mirror" in my bathroom so that I can "see" what I am doing (I have a hernia). A good friend had a temp ileostomy and was told to lie down. She could not see what see what she was doing while lying down, thus her daughter was doing it for her (going to school to become a nurse, was thrilled to be able to do this for her mom). My friend asked me, how do you put that stoma paste on standing up. I relied, I don't because I can't, something about gravity getting in the way. We don't have a mirror above our bed, NOR do I want one there, thus I must stand up when getting my stoma and skin ready for the wafer. With my old supplies, I had tape over the wafer separate from what is around the stoma itself. Thus I removed 3 separate strips. I get my skin around my stoma ready, I put a barrier ring around the wafer (I remove the tape around the hole only at this time).
Once the wafer is on, I go to my bed and lie down. I wait a few minutes for my not so large hernia to go down. I then removed the 2 strips away from rest of wafer and hold my hand over wafer, body heat. After another few minutes, I strap my hernia belt on.
I have to do this myself, dear hubby while supportive, can not go there. When I had a home nurse, I was told/showed to do prep work in from of mirror. With my new appliance, I'm still working on how to apply wafer with a hernia (one strip of tape vs 3 strips of tape).
Find what works for you and your mom. At the end of day, what ever works for her is the perfect fit for her (and possibly you). Again that learning curve.
I hope she gets those new supplies soon,