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nene205
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   Posted 5/6/2009 2:24 PM (GMT -6)   
 I know other people have posted about swimming with an ileostomy but I can't remember what was said. I haven't gotton into a pool or a hot tub since my surgery because I feel like it would be like swimming with a diaper. What do you do about keeping the flange attached while in the water? I have an uneasy feeling that things could go wrong while I'm in the water. cry

summerstorm
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   Posted 5/6/2009 3:47 PM (GMT -6)   
oh it will be fine! not like wearing a diaper at all!
It wont come undone while in the water, it just stays on there like in teh shower. Some people put waterproof tape around the edges of the bandaid part.
This is what i do
I fold my bag up, then tape it down that way.
I make sure to tape it pretty close.
Then i put my suit on and pin the top to the bottom, so it wont fly up
then i go swimming!
I just have to empty a little more often, alot of times i will take some immodium and gas-x before i go so that i wont have to empty as much.
There are these things called sureseals that go over the the bandaid part to keep it from getting wet so its not as hard to dry.

Equestrian Mom
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   Posted 5/6/2009 7:47 PM (GMT -6)   
I've gone swimming plenty of times without having any issues...I wear a two piece and tuck the pouch into the bottoms (I wear a skirted pair to conceal). I don't do anything special and my wafer has never come off. I do use the Sure Seals now, like summerstorm mentioned, and they keep the wafer dry but are breathable so your skin doesn't suffer. Any time I've done the hot tub thing it's only for a few minutes at a time...I'm paranoid the heat will melt the area right around the stoma...

nene205
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   Posted 5/6/2009 8:47 PM (GMT -6)   
Where do ya'll buy Sure Seals?

Fruitcake
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   Posted 5/6/2009 10:22 PM (GMT -6)   
I teach in the water and have never had a problem with leaking. I teach in the morning and I find
that works better because my out put is a lot less in the morning. I learned not to use the hot tub
because the heat did melt seal around the stoma. the other thing that is important is to dry your
bag with a hair dryer as soon as you can so you don't get an irratation from the moisture. I also
wear a pair of underwear under my swimsuit because I find they help keep my bag from flopping
around when I teach Aqua class.

summerstorm
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   Posted 5/6/2009 11:06 PM (GMT -6)   
i never thought of wearing underwear, thats a good idea.  thats the reason i tape mine up is to keep it from flopping!
 
you can buy those sure seals from edgepark, buy the larger size though.

Fruitcake
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   Posted 5/7/2009 5:09 PM (GMT -6)   
I checked out whiterosecollection.com a company that sells bathing suits and underwear for
ostomies. There swim suits have a pocket pouch to put your bag in. I am going to order one and
try it out so I will let you know how it works. There company is located in the UK so it may take
awhile to get it. Cymed makes a one piece bag that is suppose to be great for water sports but
I didn't have any luck with it. Before I had my surgery my doctor had me talk to a surfer who has
an ostomy. I thought I would have to give up working in the water but Sandy the surfer proved it
can be done. I went body surfing six weeks after surgery just to see if the waves would knock my
bag off. The bag stayed on but I should have waited because the surf pounded my stoma and the
area around it was sore. Sandy is nuts! He does the big waves in halfmoon bay. we are talking
Mavricks! Big international surfing contest only called when the waves are hugh! They didn't have
it this year. He told me one time he was surfing big waves and he was having a flare. when he got
back to shore he was trying to hide behind some rocks and get the crap out of his wet suit and this
surfer dude came up and said I've heard the big waves can scare the crap out of you but this is the
first time I have really seen it happen! He had his surgery two months later.

summerstorm
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   Posted 5/7/2009 7:35 PM (GMT -6)   
im not sure if this is the same guy, but there is a guy who is a surfer and a photographer (he is really really cute!) and he has one also, and i saw pics of him and you cant see it at all, i would have thought that the top would peek out over his shorts, but it doesn't.
Surfers are brave anyway, lol.
Just a suit with a little skirt works also, and hides it well. If your suit you are ordering doesnt work for you. hope you like it!
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