Nene, Ohio 76 is right.
I carry a bag "Hollister" sent me that I hold all my supplies. Actually, I keep two sets of changes and an extra pair of underwear. If my bag leaks, at least I'll have that to change too. I've been back at work on and off for a year now and I've only had one accident as well.
I had an accident at the movie theatre once too. That was just after a few months of getting my ileostomy. It got messy, but I made it through. I went into a handicap stall so I had more room to spread all my supplies. I took off my pants, etc. and placed them over the bar. Before I went into the stall, I got lots of paper towels; some I got wet others were dry. I also filled up my water bottle (I always keep on me.) I just knew to stay calm.
It all works out. I fill my water bottle in the bathroom to rinse my pouch. I do this just about
everytime I drain it. I don't care if people see me walk into the stall with it. I figure if someone ever asks, I'll tell them. If they have the nerve, I will too. Nobody has ever asked, though.
Something else I used to be self-conscious about
was standing to empty my pouch into the toilet. I used to wonder if people were concerned or wondering themselves, why I was standing up like a guy. But that uneasiness passed too. I don't see how people can empty their pouches while sitting on the toilet. It looks awkward. Plus, I don't like the thought of touching a public toilet. We share bathrooms with other offices in our building. Plus, it's not my own.
Don't let your ostomy deter you from doing anything you want to do. You'll figure it out. We all have ways (some crazier than others) of dealing with challenges/issues in our lives. The more you do something, the easier it will get. Good luck!
Post Edited (Ohio43) : 9/23/2008 7:06:09 PM (GMT-6)