Many thanks for the Birthday wishes. I did have a great day with family. I thought I should relate recent ileostomy experiences, they may be helpful to others.
My surgery was 4 years ago and bag changes have varied from 1 - 4 days. However a few weeks ago I started having lots of leaks and I was changing bags sometimes 2 or 3 times a day.
I have always viewed my stoma as something foreign and changed the bags quickly to cover it up. About 3 weeks ago I decided I must take a good look and I found that my belly around
the stoma had changed shape and had a dip a third of the way round. I cut an Eakin ring in half, doubled one end over to copy the shape of the dip. I stuck that on and put a complete
ring over the top, taking my time to make a good job. I have not had a leak since and the last 2 bag changes have been 6 days apart.
Having a good look at my stoma brought it home to me that it isn't foreign, It's part of my small intestine which I have always had. So I have learned to like it, after all this arrangement
has saved my life.
Best wishes to all