Simon’s Vitamin E Review
CAUTION: bare stoma photos below
Me again, Pelican Healthcare contacted me to ask if I’d be willing to review their Vitamin E range of products, as I already use Pelican’s Platinum convex drainable one-piece bags, I jumped at the chance to try the new range.
I have tried a number of different products since I first became introduced with my stoma and I found it a nightmare finding a bag that suited me, that was until I tried Pelican.
Now everyone is different, and everybody likes different things. It ultimately depends on what you are after – are you all about the looks of a bag, the comfort, the texture, an all-rounder? I personally don’t care too much for the look of my bag, I’d much prefer something that was comfortable to wear and reliable. I find the Pelican Platinum range both extremely comfortable and reliable, with the added bonus of looking pretty slick on too. My only concern has been that my skin can occasionally become sore and bleed from time to time, so hearing about the Vitamin E range excited me (who on earth get’s excited about stoma bags!?). I felt like a bag I loved with having a Vitamin E element for my skin would only be a positive, so I agreed to trialing the range and it’s time to tell you how it went.
It started with the delivery. I’ve had expensive Christmas presents with less effort made when it comes to delivering the product, so receiving the Pelican Vitamin E samples as I did was a pleasant surprise.
Not only do I now have a new product (I went with the Pelican Platinum Convex drainable with Vitamin E bag to try) but I also have an awesome box to store supplies in. If any of you are like me, you’ll have OCD when it comes to your stoma products. I like to store all my supplies in a large container in my wardrobe and then I have a weekly supply in a smaller container that I use for a week for ease (this is my new weekly container).
Anyway, I digress. I immediately took a shower and went about trying the new range out, I took a picture of the stoma sight to show the skin has a couple of sores around where the bag sticks to the skin.
To be fair, the skin looks pretty good but it doesn’t half itch sometimes and it can bleed when taking the bag off. After removing the old bag, I set about trying the new range, using the barrier wipes and the cream (you only need a very small amount of cream). I then placed the new bag on and the thing that struck me the most, was the fact it immediately stuck to my skin, sometimes I peel the bag off quickly and re position it but there was no chance of that this time as the bag felt like it was super glued on. I went to bed that night without a care in the world, knowing there was no leak occurring during that night. I can honestly say that in the two weeks of sampling this range, I’ve only had one small leak and that was purely down to not putting the bag on properly and not waking up during the night.
I’ve used the range for two weeks in total and my skin feels amazing, I don’t use the cream everyday because I don’t feel I need too but even using it as and when, the skin has improved massively. There’s been no negatives to take from this range.
Like I said at the beginning of this review, everyone is different, everyone has different techniques that work for them when it comes to their stomas and their products. I personally change my bag everyday, that’s a subconscious thing for me that the fresher the bag, the less likely it is to leak during the night, however I have no doubt that this bag will last multiple night without any problems at all.
Here’s a couple of pictures of me wearing the bag so you can see how it looks on the body.
I would highly recommend everyone trying this range as I’m confident that if you do, you’ll do what I did and changed all my products before the samples ran out.
Thanks for reading,
If you’d like to try a sample of our Platinum Vitamin E range, click here.