Hi there, Lymlozza,
I wonder if you've had a look at the thread on abscesses and fistulae that can be found in my signature? Several of our members have provided some wonderful advice on how to cope with discharge etc, and you might find some of those helpful.
Like Seraphina, I tend not to lounge around in my swimmers, so I'm not sure how big a problem drainage might be. How much do you drain normally? Is your fistula leaking a lot, or has the discharged diminished?
I like Seraphina's idea of wearing a sarong. You might also like to think about
getting a pair of swimmers that has a skirt attached, so that nobody can see what's going on around your bottom. I know that these used to have quite a dowdy reputation, but I have seen some skirty swimsuits on websites, and some of them are quite attractive, youthful and pretty.
You could also *try* putting a gauze pad over your fistula and securing it with a waterproof surgical dressing (ask your pharmacist about
these), and then test it in the shower or a bathtub to see if it stays on, and absorbs drainage as well as you'd like. If you're really committed, you could have a super-long bath, and see just how long the waterproof dressing and pad lasts before you need to pop into a change room to apply a fresh one.
If you go down this route, you'll probably want to keep some spare dressings in your beach bag, and maybe a little mirror so you can bend over in the change room and see what you're doing
I hope you have a wonderful holiday.
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