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Date Joined Feb 2007
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   Posted 2/19/2007 12:43 PM (GMT -6)   
I had my colon removed 9 weeks ago due to UC.  I am going on vacation next week and I am wondering if anyone has any suggestions for swimming with a bag, as much of my time will be spent laying around the pool.

vette guy
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Date Joined Nov 2006
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   Posted 2/20/2007 12:26 AM (GMT -6)   
Try to keep it as empty as possible. Also you might want to put water resistant tape around the edges of the appliance. I use tape all the time for a more secure fit.
Enjoy your vacation and try not to eat too much.

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   Posted 2/20/2007 3:00 AM (GMT -6)   
I do nothing special when going swimming - just put my bathing costume on and go in the water. As vette guy said, some people like to picture frame their wafer with waterproof tape - others get out of the water and use a hair dryer on it's lowest setting to dry the wafer (not always practical!). Others do nothing at all and are fine.

Try soaking in a bathtub for 1/2 hour before going on your trip. This will show whether your current bag is up to the job. :)

Good luck and enjoy your trip.
I have had an ileostomy for 31 years now due to UC.
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   Posted 2/21/2007 11:15 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for the advise!
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