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winter3
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   Posted 1/8/2008 8:59 AM (GMT -6)   
 Hi all. I have a friend who has a colostomy and urostomy. She had the surgery a long time ago and she was told that she couldnt take a shower. I can't believe that in this day and age that she cant take a shower because she has these devices on. Your thoughts?

Gillcom
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   Posted 1/8/2008 11:09 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi

Thare is no reason that i can think of to say you can't shower, even the morning after surgery they put me in the shower and continued to have one each day.
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tbraz
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   Posted 1/8/2008 5:00 PM (GMT -6)   
Never heard of that before. My mother had a urostomy due to bladder cancer and she showered and I shower with my ostomy. Could there be another issue as to why she shouldn't shower?
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flchurchlady
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   Posted 1/8/2008 6:19 PM (GMT -6)   
I have an ostomy and shower every day. I also swim in the ocean and go to waterparks, so there's no reason why she couldn't be able to take a shower.

Shaz032
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   Posted 1/9/2008 2:24 AM (GMT -6)   
I shower every day - most days with my bag on but on change day I take it off and let the water flow over my stoma. Maybe she misheard the doctor/nurse?
I have had an ileostomy for 32 years now due to UC.
 
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winter3
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   Posted 1/9/2008 7:23 AM (GMT -6)   
I just wondered where she has both a colostomy and urostomy that maybe that was more of an infection risk. Thank-you for your comments.

peggy113
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   Posted 1/9/2008 8:03 AM (GMT -6)   
After the incision heals, and even before it is totally healed, showering will not hurt it. Certainly, water is not an issue with the ostomies at all.
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Shaz032
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   Posted 1/9/2008 9:03 AM (GMT -6)   
With both types of ostomies there will be a bit more of a risk of cross-contamination but if she showers with her bags on, she shouldn't have a problem with that.
I have had an ileostomy for 32 years now due to UC.
 
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summerstorm
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   Posted 1/9/2008 5:08 PM (GMT -6)   
we have a family friend who has both, and he showers. He has to be careful, becuase he has open wounds, but when he doesn't he is able, he actually takes baths, cause he is paraylzed from the waist down, but he gets in the pool and stuff too.

Amey
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   Posted 1/10/2008 9:35 AM (GMT -6)   
No Showers..Oh My! I usually shower twice a day (once after my workout in the morning and again before bed). I also curl up in a warm bath a couple times a week and settle into a good book.

If I would not shower, I would have opted not to have the surgery. I think your friend should talk to someone about getting another opinion.
Amey
 
 
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Sub-total Colectomy 2001
 
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praying4healing
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   Posted 1/10/2008 12:31 PM (GMT -6)   
Amey, u mentioned u take a bath also. I was wondering about that, do u have a bag on when ur in the bath tub?
25 y/o female- crohns disease since 14
Ileostomy pending-very worried
Tried asacol,pentasa,prednisone,remicade,6mp,azasan, no avail
Seatons placed
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Amey
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   Posted 1/10/2008 2:25 PM (GMT -6)   
Praying...Yes, I certainly have a bag on while in the bath. I even take bubble baths. However, I learned the hard way that bath oils are a big NO, NO. They compermise the wafer.
Amey
 
 
Ileostomy 8/2007
Revised Coletomy/ Reset Anastimosis 2006
Revised Colectomy/ Obstructions 2005
Sub-total Colectomy 2001
 
Prov. 16: 20 Whoso trusteth in the Lord, happy is he.
 
Zelnorm, Colace, Motilium, Citrate of Magnesium, Nexium, Amitiza, Potassium, Magnesium, Miralax, Milk of Magnesium, Corgard, Glycerin Suppositories, Sorbitol, Bentyl, Senokot

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