I’ve come to realize some of the more difficult aspects of having an ostomy. I had my first bad experiences with it in this past week.
First of all, I’ve been dealing with irritation on the skin around the stoma. Skin is just not meant to have an adhesive attached to it at all times, so it’s something that I will deal with on and off forever. And you’re not only dealing with the irritation from the adhesive, but also with stomach acid that comes into contact with your skin. I have pastes and other things to help keep the area dry, but sometimes if you don’t get things lined up perfectly, you can deal with some burning. I think I may have also had a mild allergic reactions to one of the adhesives. I’ve gotten lots of samples from different companies, so I’m still deciding what’s the best fit.
Then I had my first leakage issue yesterday. I was actually at church with my friend Sarah. It was after praise and worship and we were sitting down and I could just tell that something didn’t feel right. I also knew something didn’t smell good, but it wasn’t very noticeable and I couldn’t tell if I was just imagining it or not. And I was wearing a dress, so I couldn’t very well check on it to see if there was an issue. I went to the bathroom and found that the bag was, in fact, leaking. Ick.
So we had to go ahead and leave so I could take care of it. It didn’t end up being too big of a deal. I went home and changed the bag. I’m thankful that I was in a position where I could easily fix it. Plus, it showed me some things to look out for so hopefully I can help prevent it in the future. I’m sure this won’t be the last time it happens or even the worst, but at least I feel that I can prepare for these issues.