who here showers daily?

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awesomeame
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   Posted 1/19/2009 6:33 PM (GMT -6)   
anyone shower here daily?  ever since my surgery i've gone to the 2nd or 3rd day routine.  paranoia about the water on the flange i guess.  but i've been hitting the gym so much lately i reallllly would like to be taking daily showers again haha.  So can I do it, or am i really going to sacrifice flange life?  (currently 5days)
 
Matt
Dec 2006: Proctocolectomy/permanent ileostomy
Since 1991: Indeterminate crohn's/ulserative colitis


nene205
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   Posted 1/19/2009 7:26 PM (GMT -6)   
You can shower everyday. I do, plus I change the bag everyday too. I use ConvaTec and I change the flange every 5-6 days.

peggy113
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   Posted 1/19/2009 8:49 PM (GMT -6)   
Go for it!   No problem at 5 days + for me.

Peggy
      
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Shaz032
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   Posted 1/19/2009 9:31 PM (GMT -6)   
Yep, I always shower once a day (usually just before bedtime since I'm too lazy to get up early enough in the morning to have one before work). No problems for me, I get about 6 - 7 days weartime.
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Wade457
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   Posted 1/19/2009 9:33 PM (GMT -6)   
The washcloth shower works for me unless it's bag changing day. Then it's hop in the shower for a nice hot one first thing in the morning.

I've found that for about 30 minutes or so after waking up i'm not active. sometimes 45 minutes.. so I have this 'window' of opportunity in the mornings that I don't really worry about an accident...

vintageman
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   Posted 1/19/2009 9:42 PM (GMT -6)   

Yep, shower daily for work, and never worry about water affecting the seal. I can only get 3-4 days max no matter what.

The only time water affects the flange is when I spend a few hours swimming or hanging out in salt water, seems to deteriorate the flange fairly quickly. I just put on a new one when I get home. 

Mike


badbaggirl
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   Posted 1/20/2009 8:56 AM (GMT -6)   
I SOAK in the tub every morning and no problems. Since I don't sit much on the pot any more, it's about the only reading I get in!
BadBagGirl
Crohn's Disease, Colostomy due to cancer and I make darned good dill pickles.


Equestrian Mom
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   Posted 1/20/2009 10:55 AM (GMT -6)   
Everyday and I just started using Sure Seal Rings which help keep the wafer in good shape.

Roddiesgirl
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   Posted 1/20/2009 12:11 PM (GMT -6)   
Yes I need my morning shower...can't get started without it!!  I have no problem with water weakening the seal.  I usually average about 5-6 days of weartime with mine, which is great as I have to pay for my own supplies!

Hysterectomy 1998
Diagnosed IBS 2000
Vaginal Prolapse Surgery 2001
3 Hernia Repairs, 2004
Repeat Vaginal Prolapse Surgery 2006 (the mesh from previous prolapse surgery had let go and fallen into my bowels)...
Removal of mesh from bowels (it was piercing holes all through my bowels and appendix and cecum, causing 2 fistulas and heavy bleeding vaginally and rectally)...mesh was removed, two pieces of large bowel removed and resectioned with a loop ileostomy. 2008
 
I have underlying connective tissue disorder (Ehlers Danloss Syndrome) which is the reason for the two failed surgeries)
 


flchurchlady
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   Posted 1/20/2009 7:04 PM (GMT -6)   
I shower every day and get 7 days of wear time from my wafer. :-)


Dx'd Crohn's in '99 at 28. Proctocolectomy and ileostomy in '06.
Disease-free, medicine-free, and very thankful to be healthy again :)


awesomeame
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   Posted 1/20/2009 7:35 PM (GMT -6)   
OK I'm sold, woohoo lol
 
Matt
Dec 2006: Proctocolectomy/permanent ileostomy
Since 1991: Indeterminate crohn's/ulserative colitis


Chasblah
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   Posted 1/20/2009 8:27 PM (GMT -6)   
Are you guys using one or two piece appliances?
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 due to abscess-had to redo ileostomy and switch to left side 12/25/08; pred. and pain meds, (ileostomy temporary....not so sure?)

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awesomeame
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   Posted 1/21/2009 8:18 PM (GMT -6)   
ahhhh two days and two showers, I've missed this lol. I'm using a twopiece holliste new image btw

Matt
Dec 2006: Proctocolectomy/permanent ileostomy
Since 1991: Indeterminate crohn's/ulserative colitis


RITAS
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   Posted 1/22/2009 4:59 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey Matt,

I use the Hollister new image as well but I use the sure seal Medium size and it protects the wafer in the water so u can shower twice a day if u want!! Just change the bag if u want for reassurance. Happy showering!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Rita
Crohn's Free Since April '06
Total colectomy/ileostomy April '06
Reversal July '06
Bowl resection/ileostomy July '07
Bowl resection/Stoma repair June '08
6ft. intestine left
Currently trying to learn about the "new me"


awesomeame
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   Posted 1/23/2009 5:11 PM (GMT -6)   
what's the sure seal? is it just a different type of flange or is it a bag that goes over the bag lol

Matt
Dec 2006: Proctocolectomy/permanent ileostomy
Since 1991: Indeterminate crohn's/ulserative colitis


Equestrian Mom
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   Posted 1/23/2009 7:41 PM (GMT -6)   
It is the awesome "ring" that goes over the fabric part of the wafer. I just started using them and I don't get the curled up corners anymore! The area where my belly button was would alway pull up (no matter what brand I used) and I learned about them here and decided to try them out. Basically it keeps the fabric dry but it can still breath so you don't get any skin issues.

awesomeame
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   Posted 1/23/2009 8:20 PM (GMT -6)   
hmm I can't find it on hollister's site, can you give a link?

Matt
Dec 2006: Proctocolectomy/permanent ileostomy
Since 1991: Indeterminate crohn's/ulserative colitis


Equestrian Mom
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   Posted 1/24/2009 7:33 AM (GMT -6)   
http://www.medpolitan.com/sure-seal-ring-small-size-active-lifestyle-products-al-item-alrs01101-p.html

The picture makes it look white, but it is clear.

this is a different site then I use, but it had a decent description. I get mine from edgepark only because it is up the road from me and it only takes a day to get them...

peggy113
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   Posted 1/24/2009 11:28 AM (GMT -6)   
I use a two piece Convatec, same as I started with in 1984! Why change if it works for me!!! Ya know what they say about change.... us older folks don't adjust well!!!!
Peggy
      
Diagnosed with CD in 1979, many resections and meds
Perm Ileostomy July 1984 at Cleveland Clinic
Disease free since surgery 
 


vette guy
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   Posted 1/25/2009 8:56 PM (GMT -6)   
I rarely go a single day without showering. I just use the hairdryer on the pouch for about 3 minutes afterwards.
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