Morning,

This is a quick post, but one that I’ve been wanting to do for some time now. It is something that I think affects quite a few people (although I’m not exactly sure how many!)

I have an ileostomy that has a mind of it’s own…most are like that I know:)…mine tends to retract. When I say retract, I really do mean retract. It goes right into my abdomen, leaving nothing but a small hole. Of course, even though its retracted, it still continues to function!!!

With the continuation of function comes output that goes directly onto my skin. This feels like a million ants with spiky boots are walking on my stomach, and is the first warning sign that all is not well…besides the pain!!

Anyway, my ileostomy can and will retract anywhere and at anytime! So I can deal with the mess that comes with the retraction I ALWAYS carry my “emergency kit”.

I thought I’d share my kit with you, and maybe if you have your own kit, you can email me photo’s of your kit. I can then upload them so others, particularly new ostomates, can get some ideas….

I purchased a cosmetic pouch to hold all my gear…

Here’s a sneak peek in my emergency kit… read on to find out what is really in the kit!

I carry a base plate and spare pouches…when I know Im going to be flying, I always make sure that I have cut the hole out on my base plate. This is because of the restrictions that apply to carrying sharp things onto planes, e.g. scissors

TA DA!!! heres is the rest of my kit…I carry knickers, just in case the ones I’m wearing get messed. When disposing of the used pouch etc, I use the scented nappy disposable bags; they are cheap and easy to dispose of. I came across flushable wipes as well. I use these to clean the skin around the stoma, other times I use chux wipes and water.

My scissors are curved, this makes it easy to cut the circle out on the plate…before putting on the plate, I use a barrier wipe. There are lots available on the market, so what is good for one person may not necessarily suit another!!!! The role of tape comes in handy if the plate has lifted a little.

ALWAYS CHANGE THE WHOLE APPLIANCE IF YOU HAVE A LEAK, THIS HELPS PREVENT PERISTOMAL SKIN DAMAGE!

NEVER FLUSH THE POUCH OR PLATE DOWN THE TOILET…DISPOSE OF IT THOUGHTFULLY!

Please feel free to share what is in your emergency kit,

I hope you enjoyed reading through this as much as I enjoyed sharing what is in my emergency kit!

Cheers,

~Carolyne~

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