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05-12-2015, 06:14 AM   #1
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Mouldable rings

http://www.coloplast.co.uk/brava-mou...ing-en-gb.aspx

Am I the only one who just can't use these? I find it impossible to mould them into the right shape, and usually end up creating more gaps than I fill.
05-12-2015, 07:34 AM   #2
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I apply moldable rings directly to my wafer after losing about 3 good Eakins rings trying to put it around my stoma one day.

Give that a try.

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05-12-2015, 08:06 AM   #3
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Thanks but I've tried that way too. That was the first way I tried as that's the way my stoma nurse said. I have problems with fine motor skills (coordinating hand movements, etc.) but I'm not sure if that's what's causing me problems with this or not. My stoma nurse said to roll it out into a thin sausage shape, then stick it onto the wafer, but that seems to end up keeping the rest of the wafer too far away from my skin.

(I'm sorry if that makes no sense, I'm probably doing something wrong. The doctor messed up my prescription so I'm running out of bags. I have a few left but then I had a leak this morning, which made me have a small panic attack about what if I keep having leaks and get through all my bags before my order arrives. I was looking through my supplies to see if I had anything to prevent leaks and found a box of rings that I'd given up trying to use ages ago.)
05-12-2015, 08:10 AM   #4
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Do you live in the UK by chance? There are ring seals that retain their shape and could be a better alternative for you.

Have you tried stoma paste, either in combination with the rings or on it's own? That'll help fill in any gaps. I'd also try other brands - I find that barrier rings can be quite different between one brand and another, with some being very difficult to handle!
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Yes I'm in the UK - and very glad that I do as I am lucky not to have to pay for all these supplies I keep wasting. Not that I usually waste them, I'm just having a bad day. There are other things I can try, it's just that rings are the only ones I seem to have already. I also have some derma-guard wipes but I can't even remember what they're for! I was sure my stoma nurse gave them to me to add extra adhesion (it was about a year ago she gave me them) but when I looked them up online today it seems they're barrier wipes.

I think the leak probably happened because the bag didn't fit well. My stoma is prolapsed and yesterday it became very swollen (I started another thread about that), so I'd had to take the bag off and replace it with one with a bigger hole cut in it, my dad did the cutting but we probably didn't measure it well, and I'm not sure if the size has changed since yesterday.
05-12-2015, 05:47 PM   #6
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I use these. I make a cut into the center on one side and then stretch it out a bit to make it longer, then apply it directly onto the skin circling snug around my stoma. You need it to be flat rather than rolling it into a snake.
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05-14-2015, 02:17 PM   #7
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I've just been through just about every ring on the market, and I didn't have much success with the Brava rings either, for me, they are too thick, and output seems to collect in between stoma and ring.
I eventually ended up back with my original rings, Salts Aloe Vera, none of the others worked as well for me.
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