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schrek-chewbacca hunk
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   Posted 1/12/2009 6:49 PM (GMT -6)   
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.
 
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.
 
sorry in advance,
 
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pepperann27
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   Posted 1/12/2009 8:06 PM (GMT -6)   
I have a bag and the output is more liquidy than it would be if I had a colon, unless I eat something that makes it thicker
thanks, Dusti

Diagnosed with colonic inertia at 13 years old, had my colon removed.
Diagnosed with rectal inertia at 16 years old, had my rectum removed and had a jpouch made.
Diagnosed with small bowel inertia at 18 years old, and got an ileostomy wich I still have. I am 27 now.

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summerstorm
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   Posted 1/12/2009 8:53 PM (GMT -6)   
the saran wrap stuff is either glad press and seal which you buy at walmart or somewhere like that and you can wrap it around you during a shower to keep from getting as wet. 
or these things you can to put over your wafer and thename of them just popped right out of my head!  you can get them on edgeparks site. 
 
As for the D your output willbe watery most of the time, you can thicken it with some foods, or immodium.  But if you get a stomach virus you will still get D just like anyone else, the diff is you will just empty more often and you have to be very careful to not get dehydrated.
 
and these are NOT stupid questions, stop saying that, lol.

Shaz032
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   Posted 1/13/2009 3:53 AM (GMT -6)   
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 :)
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summerstorm
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   Posted 1/13/2009 10:06 AM (GMT -6)   
the plastic things are called sureseals! and you can just go to the edgepark website and search for them. i have used them, and the keep the wafer fromgetting as wet in a shower.

Chasblah
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   Posted 1/13/2009 1:25 PM (GMT -6)   
Actually, I know this sounds weird, but my stoma output is thicker than my colon output. I guess my colon was so dz'd that it really made me worse! I have some liquid output, if I drink lots of juice, but mostly it's a bit thicker and paste-like. My colon stool was almost always watery diarrhea.
One of the first things my surgeon said when I woke up from surgery was "This was the right decision to make b/c THAT WAS ONE SICK COLON."
GOOD RIDDANCE!
Chassity
28 yrs. old. married with one beautiful daughter (born 11/20/07)
-diagnosed with severe pancolitis u/c 2002 had total colectomy 12/19/08; emergency surgery to redo ileostomy and switch to other side 12/25/08; pred., (ileostomy temporary....not so sure?)

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