In an unwelcome development, after months of smooth sailing, an issue has developed on the skin surrounding my stoma. More specifically, a hole has suddenly appeared. About a week ago, I noticed some minor skin irritation and a slight divot to the left of my stoma when I was changing my appliance. Not thinking much of it, I applied additional stoma powder and barrier spray and went on with life. Yesterday, when I took off my appliance to take a shower, what was once a small divot was now a small (and fairly deep) hole. Ugh.
Having become all too familiar with wound care after my last surgery, I didn’t freak out. I dried the inside of the hole as best I could, and my amazing wife helped me to pack it with a combination of stoma powder, silver nitrate (to prevent infection), calcium alginate, and stoma paste. No big deal. Until this morning.
I stepped out of the shower to find some milky white liquid oozing under the left side of my appliance. It wasn’t stool, though I’m not sure what it was (alginate? liquefied paste? pus?). I took off the appliance to find that the hole was now quite a bit bigger than yesterday. Not good. This time we packed it with powder and paste, leaving out the alginate, and I’m hoping for the best. I’m going to contact my nurse tomorrow to get her thoughts. Never a dull amount around here.