Going on cruise and have questions

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   Posted 3/22/2008 12:51 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi everyone. It has been a while since we logged on. David is doing really well. Still fights the same problem of dehydration and getting enough sleep. He has to get up to empty his bag that he doesn't get much sleep. Pretty common, right?

We got a nice chunk of change from the IRS and decides to go on real vacation and go on a cruise. The first for us. We are going to the Mexican Rivera. The one thing we can't figure out is how does David go swimming. Or can he? Any suggestions? Or does he just have to change is bag after every swim?

Hope all of you are well and healthy. Happy Easter and God bless. David and Barbara

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   Posted 3/22/2008 1:05 PM (GMT -6)   

Hi Barbara:

Wow! We've been wondering what happened to you guys! It's great to hear you are doing so well. You have come a long way.

As far as sleeping, I think we all have trouble either getting up to empty or worrying if it is going to leak. I think that feeling subsides over time but doesn't completely go away.

I just went to the Dominican Republic. I was real careful about going in the water but the seal seemed to hold up. I am far from a "competeive swimmer" so maybe others will have more input.

It is so great to hear from you and David. My wife is always asking me about the couple who had it so tough around Christmastime. We are so glad that things are better. Have a great time on your trip!







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. 

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   Posted 3/22/2008 2:32 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi you guys,
It's great to hear from you and to hear everything is going well.
I went on holiday last year to Ibiza and I was in the pool every day, probably 10 times a day LOL. I asked my stoma nurse for smaller bags for swimming, I would put one on in the morning and it done the job. Since it was a smaller bag it was more discreet too.

I did change back to my regular bag at night though when it was time to go out and about, I was changing every day but it worked and I felt safer, just incase chlorine or things made the seal weaker.

Well I hope you both have a wonderful holiday, you both deserve it!!!

Keep in touch
Gillian x
Ileostomy - Feb 05, Hernia on site.
Fluoxetine - 20mg March 05 - july 06
Citalipram - 20mg July 06 - upped to 40mg now.

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   Posted 3/22/2008 4:56 PM (GMT -6)   
Geez, you guys vacation in cool places!!!

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   Posted 3/22/2008 10:21 PM (GMT -6)   
yeah they do, we are just going to the plain old mountains and the plain old beach, lol.
ANyway, it might make him feel better to sleep if he slept on a pad or a towel or something, that helps me, then i don't worry about leaks.
As for swimming, i didnt' go alot last year, but i did go some, and it was fine, i also got in the ocean and had no trouble. I just taped my bag up on itself and got in! i didn't have to change it more often
i hope ya'll have fun!

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   Posted 3/23/2008 10:07 AM (GMT -6)   
When I travel and sleep in a bed other than my own, I always throw one of those green "chucks" under the sheet, just in case. What a great piece of mind.
Diagnosed with CD in 1979, many resections and meds
Perm Ileostomy July 1984 at Cleveland Clinic
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