Thailand with an Ileostomy

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   Posted 7/3/2008 7:47 AM (GMT -7)   
Hello everyone!
    I am hoping someone can provide me with some advice or input.
   For the first time in 4 yrs I am finally in remission and my doctors have cleared me to take a vacation outside of North America.
   I am headed to Thailand in September for some SCUBA Diving and sight seeing for 3 weeks.
  My last surgery in February 07 left me with an ileostomy.  I have been able to manage it so far but this trip will be something totally new for me.
 Does anyone have any advice tips or tricks?
Has anyone been diving with an ostomy?
      I have read a few  books and plan to take triple the amount of supplies, but any tips or hints would be greatly appreciated!

Dx/ed October 2003,
April 2004 - Surgery - 2ft of small bowel removed
Feb 2007 - Surgery again and a temporary ileostomy
Present - on Remicade waiting for surgery to reverse the ileostomy - Health Care System in Canada sucks - wait list is 6+ months.

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   Posted 7/3/2008 3:21 PM (GMT -7)   

Sounds like a wonderful trip! As long as you've got plenty of supplies, you should be just fine. Congratulations on being in remission!

:-) Cecilia
Dx'd Crohn's in '99 at 28. Proctocolectomy and ileostomy in '06.
Disease-free, medicine-free, and very thankful to be healthy again :)

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   Posted 7/3/2008 4:24 PM (GMT -7)   

Angela101-WOW sounds like a great trip!  I always bring extras when travelling and usually have two bags with supplies and since you are going so far away, make sure one is in your carry-on.  The TSA has ostomy supplies listed on their okay list any they don't have to fit into the gallon bag...take a look at the site.  You can even have your surgeon write a letter.  I didn't have any problems on this last trip, but I did go out of the country!

Have you dived before with your ostomy?  I only swim, but my Uncle (by marriage) has had an ostomy for at least 45 years and has done it all including mountain climbing!!  Your only limit is the one you put on yourself...have a great time.

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   Posted 7/3/2008 5:23 PM (GMT -7)   
I've been to Phuket in Thailand (ummm... that's pronounced "Pooket" for those of you who were wondering!) and had a wonderful time swimming, riding elephants, kayakking, etc.
We went to a floating village where the toilets were literally holes cut in the floor but they were manageable. The floor was soaked but I'm hoping that was water since there was a hose there to wash things down with once you were done! The hardest part was stopping the bottom of my jeans from getting wet from the (what I hope was) water on the floor.
Take at least twice as many supplies with you as you would normally use in the same time period. For some reason I always go through more bags while away on holidays. Don't drink the water - your hotel will usually provide a pitcher of safe drinking water for you in your room each day and don't eat from any dodgy roadside vendors.
I haven't been SCUBA diving but know many ostomates who have - one ostomate friend is even a SCUBA instructor!
Pack some supplies with you in your hand luggage in case your main luggage ends up in Antarctica!  That way you'll at least be covered until you can get your things back (but pre-cut everything - don't take scissors with you in your hand luggage. If you use tape, pre-cut the tape, stick it onto a plastic zip lock baggy so all you have to do is peel it off again to use).
The best advice I can give is to have fun!
I have had an ileostomy for 32 years now due to UC.
Moderator of the Ostomy Forum
I'm not a complete idiot - some parts of me are missing!

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   Posted 7/4/2008 1:33 AM (GMT -7)   
Congrats on your release to travel! Have a wonderful time. When is your trip scheduled? Are you going with some friends, relatives, group of people? Have a blast!

We are going to Hawaii for a week, leaving 7/11. Looking forward to a much needed vacation from building our home!!!! It would be nice to come home to a finished home - well, now you know, I am dreaming!

Have a great time... maybe you can post some pics on photobucket for us when you return?
Diagnosed with CD in 1979, many resections and meds
Perm Ileostomy July 1984 at Cleveland Clinic
Disease free since surgery 

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   Posted 7/10/2008 2:03 PM (GMT -7)   
Have a great trip. I went sailing in croatia last year six weeks after surgery. I went sailing and diving in mexico in april. I had a letter from my doctor explaining my bag and the need for the supplies. I took
extra everything. the only problem I had was the heat and the salt water irratated my skin. I found a
small hair dryer that could work on a 12volt to take to mexico so I could dry my bag and I didn't get
irratated. Cymed makes a bag that is good for swimming I know a couple of surfers who use it. The
only problem I had with diving was my pouch filled with air and I thought it might explode. I made sure I tried out any new stuff before I left. including the cymed bag. Have fun1

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   Posted 7/10/2008 6:41 PM (GMT -7)   
I'm off to Melbourne this weekend (I live on the other side of Australia in Perth) - not as exotic as Thailand but certainly a lot colder lol
I have had an ileostomy for 32 years now due to UC.
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I'm not a complete idiot - some parts of me are missing!

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