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Mon, Jul 13 11:49am · Urostomy: How do you care for skin under the wafer? in Ostomy

After a shower and gentle soap cleaning I do 2 things that has helped me. First , I use a portable hair dryer to dry the stoma area. Then after I apply the apparatus I use Hy-Tape ( very skin sensitive, and friendly, but sticks really well) . I use this as a supplement to the barrier and put a piece about 2 inches long at the top, bottom and sides of the flange. I play tennis 3-4 days/ week, I shower 3-4 times / week and live in Hawaii witth 80+ temp. My device last 6-7 days.

Oct 1, 2019 · Ostomy: Adapting to life after colostomy, ileostomy or urostomy in Ostomy

@mimcg…Thanks very. helpfull. Maybe my expectations for more days is unrealistic. I’ll try yor suggestions.

Oct 1, 2019 · Ostomy: Adapting to life after colostomy, ileostomy or urostomy in Ostomy

@hanseron Manny thanks for such good ideas. My order to Hollister is my next action.
In Hawaii we say Mahalo for those that help us.

Sep 30, 2019 · Ostomy: Adapting to life after colostomy, ileostomy or urostomy in Ostomy

Hi @becsbuddy thanks. Yes my skin around my stoma is getting red & irritated and instead of blasting 5-7 days my appliance needs to be changed every 3-4 days. I have worked with the Mayo Clinic ostomy nurse but when they attach the bag it lasts less than 3 days. I am not obese, I only weigh 135 pounds and am 5’ 7”. I am interested in hearing about new appliances, barrier strips, paste, etc. Also, what is the expected time for an appliance to last for active people?

Sep 23, 2019 · Ostomy: Adapting to life after colostomy, ileostomy or urostomy in Ostomy

Hi @colleenyoung I have had an ostomy for 5 years. I play tennis 3-4 days per week and am quite active and shower most days. I use a one piece appliance and it previously lasted 5-6 days before it needed changing. Recently it needs changing after 3 days. I use a Sensura one piece convex # 15606. I have tried protective shields, barrier paste, and elastic barriers. What is the ‘normal’ time between appliance changes?

Sep 23, 2019 · Pacemaker recipients: Looking for support from others in Heart Rhythm Conditions

Thanks @soph …. I like your opinion better than my cardiologist

Sep 22, 2019 · Pacemaker recipients: Looking for support from others in Heart Rhythm Conditions

Hi @colleenyoung . I am 80 years old play tennis 3-4 days / week for 1 1/2 hours (doubles) and have a personal trainer for 2 days/ week. I don’t have shortness of breath and am not fatigued. However my rating pulse is about 50 and sometimes in the 40s. I had an Echo Cardiogram and a TEE. They showed a significant murmur and left branch bundle block. My mayo cardiologist is suggesting a pacemaker. My local ( Honolulu) cardiologist agrees the results are poor but says that tests are tests and since I feel well and am active I shouldn’t have a pacemaker unless I want too. What do you think?