Showering w/out the bag...how do u do it?

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praying4healing
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   Posted 3/9/2008 8:54 PM (GMT -7)   
hey u guys,
 
i'd like to take a shower without having to wrap my belly in saran wrap, so i'm wondering is there n e thing u guys eat to stop urselves up b4 a shower? or r there any other tricks that would help? also i want to shave around my stoma...i was going to use veet, which i use everywhere else, that way i wouldnt have to use a razor...what do u guys use to shave around there?
25 y/o female- crohns disease since 14
Ileostomy pending-very worried
Tried asacol,pentasa,prednisone,remicade,6mp,azasan, no avail
Seatons placed
Worst year ever!

"For God has not given us the spirit of fear....."
Where does mine come from?!
 Temp Ileostomy performed 1/29/08
Still Adusting
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chili123
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   Posted 3/10/2008 4:10 AM (GMT -7)   
I have taken 2 showers so far without the bag and loved it. They say to do it 1st thing in the morning to avoid it being active is what I have heard. One of the two times I took a shower fairly soon after I ate and it did not do anything. I was thinking that maybe it kinda "knows" because neither shower had anything come out of it.
Pancolitis - July 2006
Surgery - Temporary ilestomy on 2.25.08 at Cleveland Clinic. Next surgery in 6 months
Medications:  Predisone - 5mg (and tapering to zero)
Supplements:  multi-vit, calcium
Reason for surgery: Steriod dependent and allergic reactions to imuran and 6mp. Elected not to try remicade.


Scrappyjrt
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   Posted 3/10/2008 5:47 AM (GMT -7)   
I never shower with my stuff on. I like a nekkid shower so I can look at my skin,and wash it. I just wait untill after my stoma has worked for the morning,then shower. I have a colostomy so I can predict when it will be quiet. Feels wonderful! Then I wash around my stoma with Ivory soap or something nice and mild.

  1. Colostomy May07
  2. Rectum removal and hernia repair Oct 07


tbraz
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Date Joined Jul 2007
Total Posts : 280
   Posted 3/10/2008 9:46 AM (GMT -7)   
I would just pop the bag off and jump in the shower with the wafer on when I had my first stoma, now the little bugger never shuts up so I use a mini bag and change it with my regular one when done.

On changing days I do like to take it all off and jump in the shower and massage the skin with soap (paper towels near by). But when I get out I usually have a heck of a time replacing the wafer because no matter what I try, it won't stop! I have even jumped back in the shower and it stops, jump out it starts, jump in shower-stops! We really don't get along! I just try to give myself extra time to get it all done!

Last week I changed my wafer before work and about 1/2 hour into work I felt something cold running down my leg! The paste had pushed out the bag even though it was locked and I had a mess all over my stomach! So I just told my co-worker I would be back and went home, changed and was back in 20 minutes (I only live 4 minutes from work thank God) But I will never change before work again, I will make sure I have time to make sure all is well before running out the door!
Theresa

Originally diagnosed with CD in 1991
Only one serious flare up in 1998 and again in July 2007
Total colectomy August 2007 now saying "Undetermined Colitis"
2nd step J-pouch formation -January 2008
Takedown hopefully by April 2008


Bram
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   Posted 3/10/2008 12:25 PM (GMT -7)   

hi when on change days i do it in the morning take everything off shave area with electric or with blades use wet wipe to keep anything from poping out. jump in the shower use a plain none fragrence soap to clean area the 20 min or so in the shower i think realy helps the skin under wafer. If it is active dont worry about it the output just goes down the drain.Just make sure you have the wafer and bag ready when you come out and a quick wipe down of shower after all is ok

 


praying4healing
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   Posted 3/10/2008 12:35 PM (GMT -7)   
yeah i wimped out this time, but im going to try it around next bag change. Ash i dont know what this bag is made of, its not like the clear plastic, its the convatec opaque with like a white netting over it? i dont know. i usually use dove soap. does n e one know if that has residue? what soaps dont have residue?
25 y/o female- crohns disease since 14
Ileostomy pending-very worried
Tried asacol,pentasa,prednisone,remicade,6mp,azasan, no avail
Seatons placed
Worst year ever!

"For God has not given us the spirit of fear....."
Where does mine come from?!
 Temp Ileostomy performed 1/29/08
Still Adusting
 Healingwell.com has been my Godsend...Thank you


praying4healing
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Date Joined Dec 2007
Total Posts : 739
   Posted 3/10/2008 6:06 PM (GMT -7)   
thanx stacie! u make it sound so easy! lol i'm definitely going to try it next bag change
25 y/o female- crohns disease since 14
Ileostomy pending-very worried
Tried asacol,pentasa,prednisone,remicade,6mp,azasan, no avail
Seatons placed
Worst year ever!

"For God has not given us the spirit of fear....."
Where does mine come from?!
 Temp Ileostomy performed 1/29/08
Still Adusting
 Healingwell.com has been my Godsend...Thank you


Shaz032
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   Posted 3/11/2008 4:30 AM (GMT -7)   
How do I shower without a bag?... hmmm... I just take my bag off and step into the shower and turn on the water :) Seriously, that's what I do. If she starts spouting off while I'm in there it all goes down the drain anyway.

I have everything cut and ready for when I step out of the shower, I step out, stick a tissue over Harriet in case she decides to make a mess once the shower is over then dry my skin, pop the Eakin Seal on then put my one piece bag on - it's all done within 3 - 4 minutes (not including the time it takes for the actual shower :)
 
I've never used Saran wrap (Called Glad Wrap or just plastic wrap here in Oz) when I shower and don't remove my bag. It gets wet, I towel dry it, body heat soon dries out the wafer properly after I'm dressed.
 
I'm one of the lucky ones who don't have to shave either, thank goodness. I had my op as a kid and I'm guessing that as I matured, hair had the good sense to learn not to grow there :)


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