Life With A Stoma, Product Reviews

ModaVi Bag Review

This week I was sent samples of the new ModaVi bags to try from Pelican Healthcare! As promised, I would try them and write my review on my blog as well as sending feedback through the feedback link.

How do they feel?

Honestly the fabric feels amazing and soft, like suede! The flange is also super nice on the skin and very comfortable. They feel very light on the stomach when the bag is full too and the adhesive caused no issues and in fact, felt so lovely to wear around my stoma and on my paristomal skin. They are also fantastic to look at and definitely gives you a lot more confidence!

Flaws?

So for me, I found a few flaws with this bag (this is personal opinion and not the same for everyone!) I really do not like how the opening for drainage is at the bottom. Its really messy and fiddly because in order to clean it fully you have to open it at the bottom then stick tissue all inside a good few times before you can roll it back up again, a similar opening design as the Salts bags. When unrolled to go and empty, there was poo everywhere and leaking out the sides so my fingers got covered every time. I also didn’t like the flappy part at the top of the bag which is used to view the stoma underneath as it dangled around a lot. Super handy though, I admit, for being able to get a good clear look at your stoma and it also folds up for when wearing a Bikini or something similar! I also found that after showering, it peeled away but that could purely be because I am pregnant and have a lot more curve on my paristomal skin and may not be due to the actual flange itself so do bare that in mind when you have read this!

Over all the aesthetic of the bag is perfect and I couldnt fault that at all but practically it just didn’t work for me. The flange is the best part, due to how healthy it made my skin and it just felt so good whilst on!

I still definitely prefer the opening draining design on the sensura mio bags by Coloplast as they have an extra part where the poo runs down and its so easily wipeable and takes a lot less time, toilet roll and no fiddling about what so ever. As always, different bags work differently on every ostomate so please do not be put off from trying them!

Thankyou so much Pelican Healthcare for sending me them and so quickly too! The bags I have left over will be donated to The Jacobs Well Appeal.

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Bath Salts Review – Elysium Spa Coconut and Lime

It has been almost 4 months since we moved into our new home which was an absolute dream when viewing as it has a lovely bath! I absolutely love my bath bombs but due to a nasty perineal infection, I have been in a lot of pain in my Barbie Butt. I decided to start trying salt baths as I’ve never been able to do that as my last houses I have stayed in only had walk in showers.

After trying the Himalayan Salts by Westlab (which are pretty good!) I decided to try a different scent as I really am a sucker for a nice smelling bath! In the middle of running my bath is when I put some of the salts in and the smell is OUT OF THIS WORLD. They dissolved really good, whereas the Himalayan Salts didn’t really dissolve so well so when sitting in the bath you feel the gritty salt. My local chemist sells them at £1 but due to shielding I bought mine from amazon at around £3 more. I try to have a bath with salts at least twice a week if I can and health allows me.

I have to say that it was money very well spent and as well as drawing horrid stuff out of my wound, as it is Epsom Salts, they really helped my aching muscles. I would highly recommend this product! (this isn’t an ad or sponsor.)