To change the supply
Every time I have to change the supply, I am worried that “he” will not be quiet during that time.
Especially, after a greasy meal “he” likes to sputter. To avoid a mess I ensure I am organised and have everything ready for a quick and undisturbed change.
I keep everything for my daily routine in a tin box, including a pair of scissors to cut the disc. I use the lid from the tin box as a tray to place everything that I need on it:
One disc, bandages, one sandwich bag, the paste, and the stoma bag.
I then put the tray on the edge of the bathtub.
I will sit on the side of the bathtub with my bottom half bare and unclip the old stoma bag from my tummy, disposing of this in the sandwich bag.
With the showerhead, I will gently clean around the opening, massaging the skin around the stoma for better blood circulation. After that, I will
dry the skin around the stoma with a linen bandage; during this time, I can also remove old skin and the old paste. With a new bandage, I dab the gut
that is showing through the skin. I dispose the used bandages in the same sandwich bag, which I will later on throw into the residual waste.
I will then place a small amount of paste around the bud on my tummy and press the new disc down over it. The stoma bag goes around the ring and needs
to be closed of course. I quickly wash the area around the pouch with a washing lotion for sensitive skin and that is it! Normally, the whole procedure does not
take longer than five minutes.
I can normally use the disc and the bag for up to three days but everyone is different and every person uses different products and there are of course different types of stomas.
I would love to hear from other people who use different methods and it would be great if I can write about it on this website!