I can often be forgetful. I once found our house phone in the vegetable drawer of the fridge but today I did some good forgetting.
We went out today to look at new cars, I changed my bag this morning and now Im getting more adept at it, it took just a few minutes. I got dressed in clothes from a wardrobe that I have removed EVERYTHING that doesn’t work with my ileostomy bag and so it was stress free and fast. Then we went out. A few hours later we stopped with the kids for some lunch at McDonalds, I ordered my food and sat and ate…
Then all of a sudden I remembered about my bag. For the first time in almost 8 weeks I had forgotten all about it, I hadn’t thought about it once since I had changed it in the morning! I know this may not sound like much but when you spend so much time thinking about it, cleaning, changing, worrying about leaks, feeling it to see if its full and needs emptying, worrying if others can see it, or even worse smell it, the realisation that it hadn’t crossed my mind for a few hours was amazing!
I have changed bags and Im using Dansac Nova 1 EasiFold Convex (Ref 841-25) and it is amazing, it fits so well and is the only bag that has worked for me. My stoma is quite close to both my belly button and to my scar which makes it very difficult to find a bag that sticks properly to my skin. This bag has a diamond shaped flange that is fabric and so it fits snugly and perfectly around my belly button. The leaks from the other bags were really affecting my confidence and self esteem as well as my sleep! So to finally have a bag that works is life changing.
If you had told me a few weeks ago that I would go out for the day and actually forget that I had a stoma and bag, I would have laughed in your face. Im just so glad that within two months I am able to start having something of a normal life back, that it is so much easier now and that I have my confidence back!
Love Sam xx