Going Up/Down A Dress Size? Don’t Forget Your Stoma Bag…

by Michelle Williams

Going Updown A Dress Size Don’T Forget Your Stoma Bag

I was always skinny…because I was sick

 I have been skinny the majority of my life. It was only in my late 20’s that I found out the reason I stayed so thin was because I was, in fact, sick. Back then, I used to joke that I would fail miserably at dieting (if I ever needed to) because I loved food too much. Oh, how smug was I? 

Now nothing fits me and my stoma bags are leaking, too 

Fast forward to this year…most of my summer wardrobe no longer fits. Add to this the fact that, for the last few weeks, I have been having daily leaks – sometimes as many as 3 or 4 times a day – and I’m now faced with a complete lack of clothes. 

 On Monday, after the third outfit change of the day, I ran out of clothes that actually fit. It was hot, so I grabbed my scruffy-yet-faithful ‘Fat Day’ shorts. They were now so tight on me that they looked like Lycra cycling shorts! This meant that I was going to have to give in and buy some new clothes (in the next dress size up). But it also got me thinking about my stoma bag leaks…. 

Could my stoma bag leaks be linked to my weight change? 

I had a faint recollection, from when I had my first stoma operation, of the stoma nurse mentioning that my body might change shape and gain extra folds. I think she said that this can mean having to go up or down a stoma bag size, just as you would with clothes sizes. 

Time to experiment with different stoma bag size samples 

I got straight on the phone to my stoma supplies home delivery service and explained my situation. I had tried everything: using washers, other brands of stoma bags, wipes, lotions and paste. They agreed that it was most likely my changing body shape causing the issue and happily sent me out a few samples of the next size up to try. The samples arrived today (just in time for my next mega leak). I’ll keep you updated in a later blog on whether ‘levelling up’ my stoma bag size solves my leakage issues…

Rakhee has more advice on becoming comfortable with your body here

Michelle Williams

About the author

My name is Michelle; I live in Kent with my husband and son. I have a permanent ileostomy as a result of Ulcerative Colitis. You can follow me on twitter.

Recent Comments

  • Ann steinberg

    I have had an ileostomy for 62years. Sometimes, just filling in a indentation with a piece of a wafer and making it level will help you keep on an appliance for up to a week or longer. karma powder might also help.

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