I must say, you have the most interesting gadgets and know hows for that ileostomy of yours! What is a stoma cup, and by the sounds of it, I want one too, so where can I get one. I also agree with you about showering and bathing, sitting in a tub with stool floating around...not a good idea. My Doc also said you run the chance of a UTI, it's a slight chance, but why take it if you don't need to. I too shower with out the pouch about once a week, I am so raw around the stoma that I try everything to get it as clean as possible, and I'm thinking if I had a cup, maybe air drying wouldn't be so diificult. The ostomy nurses are thinking maybe the air could help heal the rawness around the stoma.I've tried all the creams, the powder, the "goopy stuff", you name it, I tried it...I think it's the position of the stoma. Hopefully we will be doing another surgery in Nov, due to nerve damage in the small intestines, and then we are also going to create a new stoma in a better position. Then hopefull, if all goes well, in about a year I will have it taken down. But, for right now we are facing the possibilities of me being in Liver failure. I've been in and out of the hosp for past 2 weeks due to this, and all my tests so far are pointing in the direction of failure. I know I'm rambling, so will shut it for know. Let me know about the cup, OK?!!!!