The Big Furry Ape said...
OK, some one here said they were having diarehea - ok, I thought that was a disorder of the colon - not removing enough water from the stool. So, if I have no colon, I thought I had watery stool all the time and continuous - how does d factor into this, and is this something I must endure with a bag too? Help please.
With an ileostomy your output will go from pastelike to liquid, depending on what you have or haven't eaten. There is no 'right' consistency. It just is.
Some people call it 'diarrhoea' if their output is watery, however, it's allowed to be with an ileostomy :)
Others use the term 'diarrhoea' when their bag fills up continuously esp if they have a virus or similar (it would be the equivalent of a 'bowel intact' person running to the loo all the time) - our advantage is we have no urgency and can empty our bags in our own time (as long as it doesn't get overfull).
He also said...
Also, a friend was telling me about a product that is well - kind of a saran wrap type of thing that you wrap your abdomen in and that holds the bag in place and prevents leaks from escaping when they occur. When I went to the supply sites, I saw nothing that looks like that.
Some people do put plastic wrap around their waste while showering to prevent water getting to the bag. I prefer not to go to all that bother, the less time I spend worrying about my ostomy the better, but others feel more comfortable using it. Either way is fine.
I've never heard of it being used to prevent leaks before, I think it could probably do more harm than good in that it could hold stool close to your skin causing skin excoriation, though it may save your clothes. Personally, I'd prefer just to wash my clothes (as much as I hate doing laundry) than deal with sore skin.
There are specially made big belts that go around your waist that some people wear that hold their bag in place. They are made of material though, not plastic. I find them very bulky but they work for others just fine. My bag fits neatly in my underwear so I really have no need for such a belt anyway.
Hope this helps and keep those questions coming :)
I have had an ileostomy for 33 years now due to UC.
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