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   Posted 6/4/2008 1:49 PM (GMT -6)   
OK, I know this is really dumb, but my son just had an ileostomy in April and he is flying in July.  Flying doesn't have any effect on his bag right?  Sorry, but sometimes I think of the dumbest things and I'm always waiting for something bad to happen.
Mother of 18 year old son
Ileostomy on April 18, 2008

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   Posted 6/4/2008 2:13 PM (GMT -6)   

Lew, first of all, I don't think any question is dumb.  We are looking at surgery for my daughter at the end of the month and I just sent an email to the nurse (as per her request) with 30(!) questions. She offered to answer them all. We will see.

Anyway, that is a question I have thought about but since it isn't a priority, I let it go (for now).

I hope your son is doing better. I know he was going through a rough time for awhile.

--Mom of bratcat (17 years old)--
Daughter bratcat was diagnosed with pancolitis October 2006
Current meds:
Asacol - 4 pills/3Xday, 2 tabs 6-mp/1.5 tabs 6-mp every other day, 25 mg prednisone, Remicade
11/14/06 - started prednisone; 1/28/07 - finished prednisone!
3/3/07 - began to taper off hydrocortisone sloowwly! Summer 2007 - slowly began tapering Rowasa. 9/07 -- flaring? Nightly Rowasa. 9/21/07 -- added hydrocortisone enemas. 9/30/07--added prednisone. 10/31--started 6-mp, stopped the enemas. Started lowering prednisone. 3/08-another flare!

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   Posted 6/4/2008 2:16 PM (GMT -6)   
No, flying should not be a problem since passenger cabins are pressurized. Go and have a great trip!

dx proctitis in 1987
dx UC in 1991, was stable until 1998

1998 started prednisone, asacol, pentasa, nortriptylene, ativan, 6MP, rowasa enemas and suppositories, hydrocortisone enemas, tried the SCD diet, being a vegetarian, omega 3s, flax, pranic healing, yoga, acupuncture, probiotics

2000 lost all my B-12 stores and became anemic

2001 opted for j-pouch surgery- now living life med-free

Charlotte Gilman
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   Posted 6/4/2008 5:30 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm in between steps 1 and 2 of a j-pouch, so I've got a temp. ileo. right now. Have flown five times since the surgery with no problems.

There is a theoretical risk of any air in the bag expanding once the aircraft cabin is pressurized: the cabin pressure is usually normalized to about 8,000 feet, so if air in the bag is at a pressure between that and sea-level it might expand without the external air pressure to counteract it. But it would be by a very small amount.

Hope he has a great trip!

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   Posted 6/4/2008 10:40 PM (GMT -6)   
the only stupid questions are ones i ask, lol.
i don't think it would cause a problem. Someone said on here that it would be good to have a bag, you could use it as a floation device, lol

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   Posted 6/6/2008 6:18 AM (GMT -6)   
I've flown around the world. I'm an Aussie and have been to Singapore, Hong Kong, Thailand, USA and UK (18 hour flight). Next month I'm flying to the Melbourne on the other side of Australia to me. Never has my bag been a problem during flights and I eat and drink as normal. I do ask for an aisle seat cos I hate having to climb over people to get to the loo but that's the only concession I make for my ostomy.

When flying, make sure your son packs a couple of ostomy changes into his hand luggage so he won't be left in an awkward situation should his main luggage end up miles away from where he actually is. No scissors tho - precut everything. If he uses tape, cut lengths of tape and stick them onto a plastic zip lock baggy to use for later. I precut everything anyway (even my stuff in my main luggage) cos I don't want to waste time on holidays cutting bags out - I want a change to be as quick as possible!

The best advice I can give to your son is to enjoy himself (you too!)
I have had an ileostomy for 32 years now due to UC.
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vette guy
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   Posted 6/6/2008 8:46 AM (GMT -6)   
I remember reading, years ago, that the air in the pouch tends to expand when on an airplane.  I think that was probably written by an ostomy "expert" that doesn't actually have an ostomy. I've never had any ostomy problems while flying, and I also fly a lot. I do agree with Shaz in that you should have pre-cut ostomy supplies with you on your carry on luggage. I always bring way more than I think I'll need. I've never had a real problem with lost luggage myself. But, my wife was on a business trip to Mexico years ago, and they lost(and never found) her luggage. She had no business clothes for the meeting. This would have been a nightmare for someone left without any ostomy supplies.
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