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01-07-2013, 08:04 PM   #1
Susan2
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A word of warning...

...for those using the hairdryer method.

I had my mind on other things this morning while changing my bag (aside: I am so glad that no-one on here seems to call it an "appliance". When my stoma nurse was talking about it before my op., I kept having visions of an item of white goods stuck to my stomach )

Well, to continue, I inadvertantly had the hairdryer on HIGH, held it to near the baseplate and for too long. And all the inside plastic layers of the bag stuck together!

Fortunately I had another bag near by...
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01-08-2013, 05:02 AM   #2
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Eeeek! Thank goodness for having another bag near you!
I've often wondered what would happen if you had the hair dryer on too high a setting. I won't try it.
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01-08-2013, 12:34 PM   #3
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Glad you had everything you needed nearby. Goes to show even a 'pro' can mess up.
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01-10-2013, 06:09 PM   #4
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01-23-2013, 02:09 PM   #5
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I've never thought of that happening but it makes a lot of since!!!
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01-23-2013, 05:25 PM   #6
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Haha! I did exactly that But being a massive berk I didn't check, put the bag on, and when out at a restaurant realised I couldn't actually empty the bag because the bottom was all stuck together.

And since then, I always open the end after I put the bag on and make sure it's not blocked!
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01-23-2013, 06:38 PM   #7
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I always open the bag as soon as I have put it on because there is often air trapped in it.
01-23-2013, 06:47 PM   #8
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Oh dear lol I've never used the hair dryer and never will. Glad you had another near by
01-23-2013, 06:50 PM   #9
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The hairdresser method is excellent - don't let my moment of absentmindedness put you off it.
01-24-2013, 03:57 PM   #10
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I always open the bag as soon as I have put it on because there is often air trapped in it.
Yup, this is now something I do every time! I used to just leave any air in there and just thought the filter would deal with it!
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