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Indabag
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   Posted 1/23/2008 11:19 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Folks:
 
I guess this is directed to my American ostomates (but others chime in if you have any input). My lovely bride (of 31 years) and I are traveling to the Dominican Republic in February in order to attend our nephew's wedding. She has been hocking me to ask you guy's for any travel tips. Specifically, do you think there would be a problem carrying on ostomy supplies (including a tube of stoma-adhesive) in a bag onto the plane? I am definately going to [ack extra supplies in my luggage.
 
I am so excited to be going and it is my first time away, other than the hospital, in three years!
 
Thanks in advance for any input.
 
Richard

vette guy
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   Posted 1/24/2008 12:00 AM (GMT -7)   
Customs will probably conviscate it if they find it. If you know the address where you're staying, then why not have it shipped in advance? I've traveled out of the country a few times since my surgery. I just pack the paste and deoderant in my luggage and cross my fingers that it doesn't get lost. I know I'm playing the odds because my wife had her baggage lost on a business trip to Mexico a few years ago.

Shaz032
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   Posted 1/24/2008 1:57 AM (GMT -7)   
Pack some ostomy supplies in your hand luggage (in case, as vette guy says, your main luggage goes astray) but DO NOT pack scissors . For TSA guides on liquids and pastes, see http://www.tsa.gov/311/311-carry-ons.shtm

Pre-cut everything and if you use tape, just cut strips of it out and stick them onto a plastic zip lock baggy so you can just peel them off again and use them.

Also read http://www.tsa.gov/travelers/airtravel/specialneeds/editorial_1370.shtm#3 for some further info.

The best advice I can give you? Enjoy yourself. Your ostomy will just go along for the ride :)


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flchurchlady
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   Posted 1/24/2008 5:13 AM (GMT -7)   
Richard,
I recently switched from using Stomahesive to Eakin seals, and I like the Eakin much better. It's thicker and protects the skin around my stoma so much better. The one I've been using comes in a strip that you mold around the opening of the wafer, so it's not in a tube. You might want to order some and give them a try before your trip. If you like them, you can carry one in your hand luggage without having to worry about having a tube of Stomahesive with you.

I saw that you recently returned to work. Congratulations! How's it going? :-)
Cecilia
 
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NashRambler
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   Posted 1/24/2008 6:48 AM (GMT -7)   
I actually went thru the Atlanta Hartsfield Airport with my canvas bag in tow. Checked at the first security check and said it was medical and no problem. I did put my scissors in my check on luggage.`Have a great trip and relax.
Total collectomy and permanent Illeostomy April 2006
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Indabag
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   Posted 1/24/2008 12:28 PM (GMT -7)   

Thanks all for your replies and support. Cecilia, I have been back to work part-time for a little while. I still have several docs to see (internist, GI, nephrologist, pain doc for my sciatica and dentist-3 root canals, 2 down 1 to go!) so my calendar has really filled up. But, I'm loving it. I feel like I have rejoined the human race. I do get pretty tired by the end of the day though. Thanks for asking.

Richard

 

 


Indabag
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   Posted 1/24/2008 12:33 PM (GMT -7)   
P.S. Shaz you are amazing! The website was great. How do you know all these things. Aren't you an Aussie?

Richard
Indabag
 
Ileostomy since August 2005.
As result of surgery (modified whipple) for necrotising pancreatitis. Removal of gallbladder, 2/3 of pancreas, resections of large and small intestines. Massive infection. 8 months in ICU at Westchester County M.C. (I think that's a record). Second surgery for resection due to fistulas in January 2007. Been slowly recovering since then. Possible reconnection candidate.


peggy113
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   Posted 1/24/2008 3:17 PM (GMT -7)   
Shaz knows everything!!!! I wish I had 1/2 the knowledge that she has --- I'd be a genius.
Peggy
      
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Shaz032
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   Posted 1/24/2008 9:16 PM (GMT -7)   
Indabag said...
How do you know all these things. Aren't you an Aussie?
Hey, just cos I'm an Aussie doesn't mean I don't know anything lol (I know that's not what you meant, that's just how I read it the first time lol). 
 
I read a few other forums and pick up bits and pieces of useful info from them every now and then :)
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Amey
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   Posted 1/25/2008 12:30 PM (GMT -7)   
Richard,

I went through customs without a problem. However, I did not take any sizzors. I precut a couple wafers and placed them in my
"carry on" bags. I kept my sizzors in the bags they "checked." Have a great trip. I am excited to hear that you are enjoying being back in the workplace. Keep us posted on your experiences.
Amey
 
 
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Revised Coletomy/ Reset Anastimosis 2006
Revised Colectomy/ Obstructions 2005
Sub-total Colectomy 2001
 
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sosueme
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   Posted 1/27/2008 1:28 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Ev1.....I just got back from the dominican ..had a wonderful time... we left from Calgary alta. canada but in my carry on I had all my supplies with me ....pre cut wafer because I had heard you could not take sissors with you ....had those in my stowed luggage with more supplies just in case.Paste was no problem as long as it was in a plastic zip lock baggie if you don't have one they have them at the airport and will tell you what needs to be in baggies ,any liquids ,gels and paste so that should not be a problem for youSo don't worry and have a wonderful time....we did LOL.

lp
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   Posted 1/27/2008 1:44 PM (GMT -7)   
I travel extensively. TSA has never questioned the Stomahesive paste which goes into the ziploc bag with my other travel size gels, liquids and creams that I carry on. I always put the Stomahesive into its own little baggie and then into the ziploc bag so I don't accidentally contaminate the other stuff - just in case. I make sure my little travel kit of pouches and supplies is in my carry on also as I have had my luggage "delayed" many many times. I've also had the special screenings and been patted down (I do travel a lot and that is a red flag). No problem. I always have a little script in mind to use if any TSA agent ever gave me a hard time, but haven't had to use it yet. I haven't had problems with customs, either, but again if anyone were to ask I'd just explain it is medical. Go and have fun.
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Indabag
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   Posted 1/27/2008 2:33 PM (GMT -7)   
You guys are the best! I am really excited about this trip, I've been so sick so long I could never even think of traveling. Now that I am feeling better my favorite channel on TV is the Travel Channel.
Shaz, sorry about my poor wording in the prior post. Believe me, I consider you a genius on an international scale!

Richard
Indabag
 
Ileostomy since August 2005.
As result of surgery (modified whipple) for necrotising pancreatitis. Removal of gallbladder, 2/3 of pancreas, resections of large and small intestines. Massive infection. 8 months in ICU at Westchester County M.C. (I think that's a record). Second surgery for resection due to fistulas in January 2007. Been slowly recovering since then. Possible reconnection candidate.


Shaz032
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   Posted 1/27/2008 6:17 PM (GMT -7)   
lol Richard, it's ok, I wasn't upset :)

You might also want to consider downloading the travel certificate from  http://www.ostomates.org/certificate.html which explains in 5 different languages what an ostomy is and, should the need arise that your bag must be removed, that a qualified physician should be present. No one I know has ever had to use it, but it's good to have just in case.

Good luck from The Aussie :)


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Bionicman
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   Posted 1/27/2008 7:06 PM (GMT -7)   
 HI !  All of the people have problem with supplys when  travel.
  Nooooooo problem I traveled  trough with my  ileostomy for 6 week
 But I did one think diferent I ask  the manufacturer for supplyers in
 that country i was traveling in.  You right   pre cut evrithing.
  One more thing  When you travel  on airplane  ask your doctor
  an introductori letter which asking people to let you in the  washroom
  If possible several other language.  Do in Rome what the romans do.
        Bionicman.  

Ash83
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   Posted 1/27/2008 9:13 PM (GMT -7)   
Shaz032 said...
should the need arise that your bag must be removed, that a qualified physician should be present. No one I know has ever had to use it, but it's good to have just in case.
Oh goodness! If these people know what's good for them they will NOT ask for the bag to be removed. nono
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