I've had my ileostomy just sence May. I have severe fistulas from crohns disease, it's supost to be temporary but I have thought about making it permament because I feel so good ,I have my life back. Its been great to feel good again, I had forgotten what it was like.
I adjusted pretty quick and I think you will too. Before long you wont give your bag a second thought.
I take baths and showers, I leave the pouch on when I bath but I take it off sometimes when I shower. I swim too.
I use the coloplast assura pouches with the easyclose. I like it because it has its own filter vent built in and you dont have to use a clip , it has velcro. I use a deodorant in the pouch so it wont smell when I empty.
As far as changing it , Just make sure you have everything ready when you do it. It took me a long time to get the process down and I still get jumbled sometimes.
Hang in there you will get the hang of it and you will have your life back !!!
Thanks for that tip, I will defanantly try it.