Hello! Hopefully there will be someone out there that can help!
After going through hell a number of times, and nearly loosing my father every time, he received an ileostomy. He's finally able to eat and pass food again, which is a blessing! and the surgery has actually stuck to a certain degree (he keeps getting hernias even though he uses a hernia belt and they keep having to put him through surgery to fix it, but otherwise the surgeries are successes).
The problem is this: his skin is even more sensitive than mine. We're what I affectionately call "White Irish". To put it simply, even a shower with the wrong soap can make us break out in hives. I'm sure you can see where I’m going with this...
The skin under the thing that attaches the bag to him is red, sore, and constantly painful. Even though he's trying to treat the sore skin with creams after he removes it and before re replaces it, it's still a constant irritation and there are days where he is in such pain it's hard to watch. I've suggested to him to maybe try looking for a barrier type thing to put on his skin instead of the paste, but he's sceptical.
Is there anything out there that would help with the situation? I almost want to say to him to put on some of that "second skin" or "liquid bandage" stuff, or try to find a patch that has similar adhesive to those little things that they stick on you to give you an ECGs in hospitals (those things stick like nothing else, and I’ve had to leave them on for over a week and the only irritation I got was from the outside plastic rubbing occasionally).
He's only tried whatever it is his ET nurse has given him (honestly I don’t think she's that great because he's complained to her over the last year how much the skin hurts, but she hasn't provided a solution yet), and currently he is using a two piece system.
If anyone can also possibly provide help on what to do about the recurring hernias and the occasional stomach pains he gets when eating certain foods (he fears it wont pass, he uses fibre and sometimes laxatives, but I fear that using these things over the dozen years before he got the ostomy to pass food has made his body almost immune to them), would be very appreciated.
Thanks so much and hopefully someone out there can help!