How do you empty your bag?

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OzCrohnie
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   Posted 3/26/2010 6:56 AM (GMT -6)   
Hey!

So I was out at the shops the other day and it got me thinking... How do other people empty there bags?

I was in hospital after my surgery for a little over a month. While I was in the hospital I emptied the bag into a jug in my bathroom, so I was standing up.

Now that I am at home I sit on the toilet 'normally' and just open up my legs and empty it through the gap.

But sometimes when I go to a public toilet some nice person has decided to pee all over the seat! (I've seen poo on seats too). Now obviously I just go to the next cubical But I remember countless times before I got my bag where I'd be in a hurry to use the toilet and have to clean the toilet as fast as possible so I could use it. But now that I have a bag I thought it'd be nice if there was a way to empty my bag without even having to touch the toilet seats.....
Male, 22, diagnosed with Crohn's at 13.
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On and off Prednisone for years.
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summerstorm
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   Posted 3/26/2010 10:44 AM (GMT -6)   
Some people can stand.
I just sit there and do it like im peeing.
UC for 8 years, before finally kicking its butt and having a permanent ileostomy April 17 2007! 
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Trigirl
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   Posted 3/26/2010 2:49 PM (GMT -6)   
I got to dislike public washrooms when Crohn's forced me into them every hour of the day if I went out. Now I still don't like them much and try to avoid them if possible.

If I have to I'll move or clean up before I sit and do it with wide legs.
Those things we keep trying to do get easier not because the feat gets easier but our ability to "do" gets better.
Thyroid cancer removed 1988
Stomach problems finally figured out 2001 Crohn's/Colitus
Tried every drug without much success
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OzCrohnie
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   Posted 3/26/2010 5:40 PM (GMT -6)   
Wow I wonder how people do it standing up. Good shots I guess :p
Male, 22, diagnosed with Crohn's at 13.
Medication: Salofalk, Infliximab infusions, Humira injections.
On and off Prednisone for years.
I pop Loperamide (aka Gastro-Stop) like candy!
Have had one, two, three, four colonoscopies.
Getting a (permanent) bag in February!
Favourite Quote:  Unfortunately my quote (while perfectly acceptable in Australia) contains language that is considered unacceptable in some countries outside of Australia. I guess that's what happens when you comment on a forum used by many different cultures. So I've provided a link to the Wikipedia entry for the quote instead.


80sChick
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   Posted 3/26/2010 7:06 PM (GMT -6)   
I agree! I do it sitting, just after I pee...standing would be ridiculous and annoying. However, I think for girls it's a no-brainer that you'd do it that way. It's probably really only guys who have to make the decision.
Stephanie, 28 years old
Diagnosed with Crohn's Colitis March 2000
Possible diagnosis of IBS-D
Total Proctocolectomy and Permanent Ileostomy 3/18/10!
 
Tried: Asacol, Remicade, 6mp, Humira, Xifaxan, Apriso, Imuran, Rowasa Enemas, Colocort Enemas, Psyllium Seed Powder... Tried Probiotics: Align (with no change except bloating) and VSL #3 DS (AWFUL diarrhea).
 
Currently on: 20mg Prednisone, Prenatal Vitamin, Vitamin B 12 Complex, Vitamin D, Calcium, Vesicare (for urinary retention). 


NewBag
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   Posted 3/26/2010 7:55 PM (GMT -6)   
My first time emptying it by myself in the hospital was the one and only time standing. I had not received much instruction at that point.

You talk about one having good AIM if standing. The operative word to think about is SPLASH!!!!!!!!! Like I said, tried that only once.

I've since had the reversal so it's in the past for me. However, if I were in a situation where the facility was absolutely horrible and had to stand, I'd empty into one of those brown disposable bags they provide with the other supplies.

Additionally, try to empty when it's no more than a third full. Even if you should go very active, you should have enough time for a Plan B.

summerstorm
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   Posted 3/26/2010 8:46 PM (GMT -6)   
someone posted that they kneeled in front of the toilet and emptied

Here is something to help with public toilets though, also helps with the smell

You know those breath spray things, like fresh breath or whatever? they are small and you pump them and a mist comes out. Well, if you take those with you to the bathroom, it will fit inyour pocket. And spray it before you empty, the smell wont be so bad, PLUS they have alochol in them, so if you spray it on the seat and then wipe it off it will help disenfect the seat!
UC for 8 years, before finally kicking its butt and having a permanent ileostomy April 17 2007! 
-I have gone to find myself, if i get back before i return, keep me here-


ohcountrybear
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   Posted 3/26/2010 9:47 PM (GMT -6)   
That is such a great idea....thanks summerstorm

summerstorm
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   Posted 3/26/2010 10:10 PM (GMT -6)   
just be sure you spray it before you use the bathroom! otherwise it doesnt work as well, and you would have to use it with dirty hands!
UC for 8 years, before finally kicking its butt and having a permanent ileostomy April 17 2007! 
-I have gone to find myself, if i get back before i return, keep me here-


Wade457
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   Posted 3/27/2010 6:38 PM (GMT -6)   
"....Now that I am at home I sit on the toilet 'normally' and just open up my legs and empty it through the gap....."

That's pretty much how it works.

"...If I tried to empty standing it would splash and that would be unthinkable....." Nope, I'm not a bombardier..

Also keep 2 20oz cups.. McDonalds soda cups work especially well for this. both full of water First one I use to flush out the .. substance.. that's still in the bag, 2d one then rinses it out. When I'm in a public rest room, try to carry on in there with me that is kept in the car somewhere. Just take it in fill the cup with water and then flush out the bag

Equestrian Mom
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   Posted 3/28/2010 6:13 PM (GMT -6)   
Well, at home I sit but in a public restroom (where I don't ever sit to pee) I stand and bend my knees. For me the trick is not to pull my pants down...I just unzip my pants to get access to my ostomy pouch.

Another trick which not everyone is told in the hospital...put plenty of TP in the bowl! Will help with the splashing:)
Crohn’s dx 1989
some terrible years before my
Proctocolectomy in 2008


Alittlelighter34
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   Posted 4/8/2010 10:45 AM (GMT -6)   
I crouch down in front of the public toilet and empty that way. That way nothing touches the toilet, and nothing but my feet touch the floor.
10 years of Indeterminate Colitis, and total procto-colectomy with ileostomy on 10/16/09! SO far so good!


Liza D
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   Posted 4/8/2010 11:00 AM (GMT -6)   
I used to carry bleach wipes in a plastic bag with my supplies in case I came in contact with a nasty seat.
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Allison77
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   Posted 4/8/2010 4:21 PM (GMT -6)   
I stand to empty. Oscar pancakes his goodies so I wear a closed pouch.

-Allie
RX Crohn's 1999, over 30 surgeries, 3 strokes, permanent colostomy and rectum removal.
 
"The most unfortunate thing that happens to a person who fears failure is that he limits himself by becoming afraid to try anything new."


polishdan
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   Posted 4/11/2010 7:06 PM (GMT -6)   
I always sit. One problem that I have overcome........poop sticking to the front of the toilet bowl even after you flush. To solve this, tear off a strip of toilet paper two squares long. Drop one end into the water and drape the other end on the front of the bowl. Empty onto the paper. When you flush everything goes in one flush.

Dan

2much2bear
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   Posted 4/15/2010 5:54 AM (GMT -6)   
Ha interesting subject!
 
As a girl i just crouch over the loo wihtout actually sitting - it is unbelievable what mess you find on some loo seats - argh. but is is hard work and i hate it in small loos cause of hte smell - even with a spray etc.
 
my nurse told me when i first got my bag that if i stood up to empty, i should throw a lot of paper down the loo first - so you could always do that.  what fun we have tongue
Karen - 48 yrs young!
1997: Diagnosed IBS
2003: Pelvic floor repair surgery (rectocele/cystocele)
2006: STARR surgery for mucosal prolapse/Obstruction
2006: Diagnosed with slow transit constipation
2007: Sigmoid resection-partial volvulus (this dr thought it would help!)resulting in worsening of colonic inertia
March 2009: Loop Ileostomy - now awaiting reversal
 
 


OzCrohnie
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   Posted 4/15/2010 9:44 AM (GMT -6)   
Actually I remember my nurse told me the same thing (about putting a lot of toilet paper into the bowl) but she only said it was for the noise. I didn't quite understand as I wasn't too bothered as to what it sounded like when i emptied.

But now that kinda makes more sense...
Male, 22, diagnosed with Crohn's at 13.
Medication: Salofalk, Infliximab infusions, Humira injections.
On and off Prednisone for years.
I pop Loperamide (aka Gastro-Stop) like candy!
Have had one, two, three, four colonoscopies.
Getting a (permanent) bag in February!
Favourite Quote:  Unfortunately my quote (while perfectly acceptable in Australia) contains language that is considered unacceptable in some countries outside of Australia. I guess that's what happens when you comment on a forum used by many different cultures. So I've provided a link to the Wikipedia entry for the quote instead.

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