emptying bag at night

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lbw
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   Posted 9/27/2007 3:44 AM (GMT -6)   
hi,
 
I was wondering if anyone had any tips on how to make it through the night without having to get up to empty the bag.
 
Thanks.

flchurchlady
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   Posted 9/27/2007 4:51 AM (GMT -6)   
lbw,
Here's what works for me, and I hope it works for you, too. I eat an early, light dinner and empty the bag right before going to sleep. Even though the bag is full in the morning, at least I'm able to sleep through the night without having to get up to empty it.
Good luck!
Cecilia
Dx'd w/ Crohn's in '99 at age 28. Proctocolectomy and ileostomy in '06.
Pain-free, med-free, and very thankful to be healthy again :)


awesomeame
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   Posted 9/27/2007 8:49 AM (GMT -6)   
just use a bigger bag? i wear a mini and get up every 3hrs to empty it. haven't gotten more then 4hrs straight sleep since surgery..one gets used to it, i have no issues falling asleep again after i've been up. other then the larger bag i think flchurchlady has it covered

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


peggy113
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   Posted 9/27/2007 12:59 PM (GMT -6)   
I wear the 12" length bag (that's the larger of the 2 offered by Convatec) and just fold it up. If the space is needed thru the night, it is there. If not, no worries. I also agree with not eating late at night and try really hard to stick to it. I value my night time sleep!
Peggy
      
Diagnosed with CD in 1979, many resections and meds
Perm Ileostomy July 1984 at Cleveland Clinic
Disease free since surgery 
 


flchurchlady
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   Posted 9/27/2007 2:45 PM (GMT -6)   
Matt,
Good point on the larger bag. I wear a maxi pouch all the time.
Cecilia
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