StomaGenie® Review: My Lifesaver and Game-Changer
Written by Danielle Gulden.
My name is Danielle Gulden. I’m a mom, wife, advocate, comedian, speaker, ulcerative colitis patient, permanent ileostomate and co-founder of Double Baggin’ It.
I’ve had ulcerative colitis for over thirty years. After going through just about every IBD medication available, running to the bathroom around twenty-five times per day, and having a toilet installed in my car (yes, you read that correctly!), I finally kicked my diseased colon to the curb in 2007. After high-fiving every nurse, doctor, and surgeon on the way to the operating room, I had a full proctocolectomy with end ileostomy. My ostomy (and stoma named Stella) not only saved my life, it gave me back my life!
I love my ostomy, but that doesn’t mean that ostomy life comes without challenges. I learned about the StomaGenie® back in 2019 at an ostomy conference. Since then, my life as an ostomate has been greatly improved with this little game-changer! I have had my ostomy for 16 years, and I can confidently say that the StomaGenie® is by far my favorite ostomy product EVER!
Just like a genie in a bottle, the StomaGenie® grants 3 wishes:
- A cleaner, less stressful bag change. Timing bag changes around when your stoma is less active is a great idea – but not always feasible. The StomaGenie® covers your stoma and captures output, allowing you to have a cleaner, less stressful change. No more pooping (or peeing) on your toes! It also helps to cut down on wasted supplies. We’ve all been there - when your stoma decides to wake up just in time to ruin a new wafer or bag! Ugh!
- Time. The StomaGenie® gives you time to properly clean, dry, prepare and treat your parastomal skin. This is extremely important to me as I often need to use the “crusting” method during the summer months when excessive sweat causes redness and irritation under my wafer. I no longer feel rushed to get everything done before my stoma turns into a poop volcano!
- Peace of mind! After a bag leak at the zoo a few years ago, I learned a very valuable lesson - ALWAYS carry extra supplies!! I now have emergency ostomy kits in my car, purses, backpacks, coat pockets – anywhere and everywhere! Each kit has an ostomy bag (precut), barrier ring, paper towels, throw away trash bag ...and a StomaGenie®. Even an unplanned bag change is made easier and less stressful with this little gem.
With the StomaGenie® in my ostomy routine, and emergency kits, I don’t think twice about the possibility of having to change my bag anywhere, anytime. That peace of mind allows me to continue to live my ostomy life to the fullest!
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